Fight Preview: Richard Commey vs. Raymundo Beltran

IBF Lightweight Champion Richard Commey (28-2, 25KOs) will meet tested warrior, Raymundo “Sugar” Beltran (36-8-1, 22KOs) on Friday, June 28 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. The winner of this fight will most likely fight unified lightweight champ (WBA/WBO) Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (13-1, 10KOs). Lomachenko will face Luke Campbell (20-2, 16KOs) some time in either August or September for the vacant WBC title. So this fight between Commey and Beltran has significant implications.

Richard Commey knocking down Isa Chaniev in a fight where he destroyed his opponent with multiple knockdowns, leading to a 2nd round TKO victory.

Ghana native, Richard Commey is coming off of a TKO win in the 2nd round against Isa Chaniev (13-2, 6KOs) in February. Commey was supposed to fight Lomachenko, but the fight was put off due to a hand injury Commey suffered during his last bout. Commey is big, long, strong and he can box. He poses problems for anyone in the lightweight division. In this fight in particular, Beltran with his aggressive style might be in for a long night… or even a short night. Commey does not just box well, he is very good on the inside, he can go toe to toe and exchange – he can do it all. He is not elite in any one thing but he’s well rounded. He should be heavily favored going into this fight.

Raymundo Beltran’s 9th round KO win over Hiroki Okada in his last fight.

Raymundo Beltran on the other hand is somewhat limited as far as style and skill goes. He is very agressive, has pretty good power, and is good on the inside, but not great. His technical skills are limited. With guys like Beltran you really never know because his engine is always going, he keeps coming forward until you put him out. He shows that he still has some gas left in the tank with a 9th round KO win over Hiroki Okada who was 19-0, 13KOs coming into the fight. Okada was unproven though and one could debate if the win holds any weight. It was a close fight until the KO, so at the very least it shows he will still mix it up and dig deep to get the job done. For that much, you have to respect him.

Keys to Victory for Richard Commey:

Keys to Victory for Ray Beltran:

Even thought Beltran isn’t being given much of a chance by most boxing fans – there are ways for him to frustrate Commey, and make the fight competitive and close. He probably won’t win, but if he can make it a good enough fight, maybe he keeps himself in the convo for a title shot at a later time or fighting someone else for a title eliminator. If Beltran loses convincingly, this is pretty much his last shot at a world title. At 38 years old, it’s hard to imagine him being in the sport much longer, let alone going on a championship run in a stacked lightweight division. My prediction: Commey by mid-late round TKO

The fight will be shown on ESPN. The main event will start around 10 PM EST. The undercard will be shown on ESPN+ and will start at 7 PM EST. The main event also includes a 10 round junior middleweight bout between Carlos Adames (17-0 14KOs) and Patrick Day (17-2-1, 6KOs).

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