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August 25: Beltran-Pedraza and Dogboe-Otake Headline ESPN World Championship Doubleheader

Ray Beltran and Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe will head to the desert on Aug. 25 for their first title defenses.

In the main event at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, Beltran, who resides in nearby Phoenix, will defend the WBO lightweight title against Jose “Sniper” Pedraza, a former junior lightweight world champion looking to bring another world title home to Puerto Rico. And, in the all-action co-feature, Dogboe will defend the WBO junior featherweight title against Hidenori Otake.

Ray Beltran: Politics and the Politics of Boxing

Politics and the politics of boxing seldom cross paths. However, when they do, it is often a reflection of our society at large. Think Jack Dempsey not being allowed to fight black challengers and Muhammad Ali’s anti-Vietnam stance.  This is where Raymundo “Sugar” Beltran enters the public conscience as he attempts to navigate the United State’s Byzantine immigration system.  Beltran is a 36-year-old lightweight, former sparring partner of Manny Pacquiao, who has compiled a 34-7-1 record over a very lengthy 19-year career.

Canelo Alvarez Media Day Quotes

Former two division world champion Canelo Alvarez(48-1-1, 34 KOs) today hosted a media workout at the House of Boxing in San Diego where he showcased strength and speed ahead of the upcoming showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) set for Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.