September 7th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
WBO TIFF HAD 3 DIFFERENT SCORES
San Francisco, CA- After watching the Ricky Burns-Ray Beltran scrap, if you were an objective sort then you likely had Beltran winning a close encounter by two points, like the 115-113 card put in by ex-lightweight champ and TV commentator Jim Watt. The reason I bring this up is that the 12-round WBO lightweight (135 lb.) affair from Glasgow, Scotland was ruled a Split Decision Draw 12.
BURNS KEEPS WBO BELT WITH DRAW
The score that will be scrutinized most is the 115-112 card for Ricky Burns 36-2-1, 11KOs) by judge Carlos Ortiz Jr. Going with the score of Watt, Andre Van Grootenbruel had Beltran winning 115-113. Judge Rich Davis was the man on the fence after 12 with an even 114-114 score.
HOMETOWN KID BURNS HAS DECENT SKILLS
Burns opened well and showed he was committed to working the body of the Mexican born spar-mate of Manny Pacquiao. The Brit won the first three, and you could see while he was putting three in the bank, at the same time Burns’ energy tank was being depleted by his frenetic fighting coupled with Beltran coming forward.
TIDE TURNED BELTRAN & NEVER REALLY WENT BACK
When the fight turned in the fourth, you knew that this would not be a “pretty” fight to watch, but rather a “workmanlike” effort put forth by Ray Beltran, better known as a sparring partner rather than a fighter.
SCOTTISH EXHIBIT CENTER FANS SAID A LOT ABOUT DECISION
The nearly muted crown reaction backing their favorite son after 12 indicated that they felt Burns had lost. Getting dropped by a left hook in round eight, the punch was the “bread & butter” of “Sugar Ray” Beltran, the Mexican-Californian who was the aggressor throughout. Later only the ropes kept Ricky off the deck that from another hook with 1:00 left in round 11 (watch his right arm).
SPARRING PARTNER SYNDROME STRIKES AGAIN!
The fight was close due to Beltran allowing it to happen. With an injured jaw, Burns was there to be taken from round three or four on. Boxing with a “sparring partner” mentality, Beltran never tried to step it up and or go for the stoppage. Lacking killer instinct, Beltran was setting the table for his getting burned by not fighting with more zeal and confidence. In closing, as pointed out by TV announcer Jim Watt, “There were no punches from Burns that you can remember. You remember Beltran’s punches.” A rematch is seemingly justified.
he’s talking, deck in 8