Friday night’s ESPN main event was a terrific, bloody battle, with two fighters truly fighting for the vacant WBO lightweight title. In the end, it was Ray Beltran leaving with the belt, securing the title on his fourth try with a win over Paulus Moses.
Scores for the fight were 116-112, 117-111, and 117-111, all for Beltran. BLH had the fight closer, with scores of 115-113 on a pair of cards, also both for Beltran.
It was a gritty, action-packed fight with some bad cuts, some timely surges by both fighters, and plenty of back-and-forth action and swings of momentum.
Beltran started the fight strong, and closed strong, with Moses making it a debate in the middle rounds. Both fighters landed a good amount of clean shots — their faces were evidence enough of that — and kept the action moving throughout. This was a fan-friendly bout, and if you missed it live, make sure you catch a replay or find it online or whatever — it’s definitely worth a look.
Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO) outlanded Moses (40-4, 25 KO) 197-159 overall, and landed at a higher connect percentage, 29% to 26%. In terms of power punches, Beltran landed 141, including 52 body shots, and Moses landed 109, including 19 body shots.