Crawford vs. Beltran Preview

By Robert Ecksel on November 27, 2014
Crawford vs. Beltran Preview
“It’s not going to be worse than Scotland. In Scotland, everybody was against me.”

“He’s going to come forward. He’s going to try to make it an ugly fight. He’s going to try to press the action…”

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel recently announced the officials for Saturday’s lightweight title fight at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, between reigning and defending champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 19 KOs), hailing from Omaha, against Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs), from Phoenix, Arizona, by way of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. The referee for the championship bout will be Mark Nelson. WBO supervisor will be John Duggan. The judges will be Adalaide Byrd from Nevada, William Lerch from Illinois, and Cesar Ramos from Puerto Rico.

According to the Pod Index, a statistics company based in Chicago that focuses on the performance of boxing and MMA judges, Adalaide Byrd, who has been a judge since 2001, is in the majority in 83.61% of rounds scored in difficult fights. William Lerch, who judged his first pro fight in 1982, agrees with at least one fellow judge in 84.57% of rounds scored, while Cesar Ramos, who has been a boxing judge since 1973, is in the round majority 89.03% of the time. As a point of reference, the world average for difficult fights is 84.06%.

On Sept. 13, 2004, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Adelaide Byrd was in the majority by scoring in favor of Miguel Vazquez in a split decision loss to Mickey Bey. Final scores were 115-113, 113-115, and 109-119.

At the MGM Grand on March 8, 2014, William Lerch contributed to a unanimous decision in favor of Francisco Vargas over Abner Cotto. Final scores were 97-93, 96-94, and 97-93.

In his last fight, on Sept. 26, 2014, at the Mesquite Arena in Mesquite, Texas, Cesar Ramos had Juan Carlos Payano ahead of Anselmo Moreno, before the fight was stopped on a technical decision after six rounds. Scores at the time of the stoppage were 55-59, 55-59, and 56-58, all for the eventual winner, Juan Carlos Payano.

“We all know what he brings,” said Crawford about Beltran at yesterday’s presser. He’s going to be strong. He’s going to come forward. He’s going to try to make it an ugly fight. He’s going to try to press the action. It’s going to be my job to put him in his place and fight my fight. There’s a lot at stake for this fight. This is a fight I need to win, not only for me but for my career and my legacy. To go down as one of the best fighters that ever put on a pair of gloves, I’ve got to keep putting on these type of performances and getting these type of wins.”

“It’s going to be good,” said Beltran. “I know they’re going to be rooting for Crawford, but I think I’m going to have some people cheering for me too. It’s okay. I don’t think it’s going to be worse than [the Ricky Burns fight in] Scotland. In Scotland, everybody was against me. I’ve got to fight harder than the last times. I’ve got to be more intense than the last times. I’ve got to be more persistent than the last times. I’ve got to be more aggressive, more on top of him. I’m going to come Saturday and lay it all on the line. It’s going to be special.”

It ought to be a good scrap. Tune into HBO Boxing After Dark this Saturday at 10 PM ET/PT to watch the ultra talented Terence Crawford get it on with the ultra tough Raymundo Beltran.

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  1. Pete The Sneak 10:17am, 11/28/2014

    Actually looking forward to this scrap…Props to Crawford. as he’s not just picking easy marks…Beltran is a tough, rugged Mexican who will bring it to Terence. Should be fun indeed…And yes, it’s good to see Omaha getting the national attention it deserves rather than just being known as an audible call yelled out by NFL quarterbacks…Peace.

  2. Eric 08:19am, 11/28/2014

    Omaha doesn’t get much respect stuck out there in the middle of nowhere, but it is a good town, full of nice people, and terrible weather. I’ll root for the kid from Omaha, simply because I spent the coldest winter of my life in that city years ago, and the people were GENUINELY good people.

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