PHOTOS: Richard Commey stops Ray Beltran in 8
By Melina Depante-Asplin | Contributing Photographer
Published: June 29, 2019
The young champion took the old veteran to school. Richard "RC" Commey made the first defense of his IBF world lightweight title, knocking down former world champion Ray Beltran four times en route to an eighth-round knockout in front of 2,795 fans at Pechanga Resort Casino.
"Beltran showed why he was a champion. He's a great fighter who showed it against me tonight," Commey said. "I was happy to get the job done and defend my title for the first time.
"It looks like Teofimo Lopez is next, but he has a job to do first."
It was all Commey (29-2, 26 KOs) from the opening bell, as the native of Accra, Ghana, knocked Beltran (36-9-1, 22 KOs) down a pair of times in the opening stanza and had him pinned against the ropes when the bell sounded to end the round.
(All Photos: Melina Depante-Asplin for Frontproof Media)