Ray Beltran wins world title, Mean Machine makes statement
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It finally happened as 36-year-old Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs) can now add the words world champion to the list of accomplishments amongst his career. Beltran who scored a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Paulus Moses (40-4, 25 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO lightweight title on Friday night at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.
The two played rock’em sock’em robots exchanges punches in the middle of the ring as Beltran began to take over in the second half of the fight.
Welterweight Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas (19-0, 16 KOs) scored an impressive sixth round TKO over former WBA world champion David Avanesyan (23-3-1, 11 KOs). In traditional, “Mean Machine” fashion, Kavaliauskas overwhelmed Avanesyan with punches forcing the referee to jump in.
2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (5-0, 2 KOs) of Newark, NJ picked up a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Juan Tapia (8-2, 3 KOs) in the featherweight division. The judges had it 80-72 on all three cards.
Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings (21-2, 12 KOs) made short work of Akhror Muralimov (16-4, 13 KOs) in three rounds. Jennings floored Akhror Muralimov five times before the bout was called off.
2016 Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceicao (6-0, 4 KOs) of Brazil thoroughly dominated Ignacio Holguin (4-1-1, 4 KOs) in a lightweight clash. Conceicao dropped Holguin in round one with a left hand and cruised to a decision The scores were 60-52, 60-52, 60-54.
In the opening bouts, super welterweight Sagadat Rakhmankulov picked up a TKO of Noel Esqueda as well as
Alexander Besputin stopped Wesley Tucker in a welterweight bout.