By Lou Eisen
Photo Credit; Chris Farina/Top Rank
Last night at the sold out CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, hometown product Terence Crawford made the second successful defense of his WBO world lightweight title by scoring a one-sided unanimous decision over the number one contender in the world, Raymundo “Sugar” Beltran. Beltran was born in Mexico but now resides in Phoenix, Arizona, the home of Muhammad Ali.
There was more than just a hint of irony attached to this fight, which was broadcast on HBO. Beltran should have been the one defending the title rather than challenging for it. Why? Well, not too long ago, on Sept. 7, 2013, Beltran traveled to Scotland to challenge WBO world lightweight champion, Ricky Burns. The outcome of that fight was an absolute and utter disgrace to pro boxing and all of its fans. Beltran came very close to pitching a shutout on that night at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow. To say that Beltran butchered Burns would be a cosmic understatement. Beltran broke Burns jaw in the second round, forcing Burns to have a titanium plate inserted into his jaw after the bout ended.