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Richard Commey vs Ray Beltran: Live results, discussion, round by round coverage

Richard Commey takes on Ray Beltran in tonight’s Top Rank main event.

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Round By Round

Richard Commey vs Ray Beltran

Round 1: Commey misses on a jab to start the fight. Now Commey tries to stick a jab to the body. Beltran falls short on his own jab as he tries to slip his way into punching range. Left hook for Beltran doesn’t land clean. Right hand from Commey lands to the body. Hard right hand from Commey drops Beltran! It looks like it was a flash knockdown as Beltran doesn’t really look hurt. Commey goes on the attack and wrecks Beltran along the ropes. It’s rules another knockdown. Uh oh! Beltrhan lands a counter left as Commey comes on the attack. Commey throwing wildly and can’t land much of anything clean. Hard counter left hook lands for Beltran and stuns Commey! Now Commey is hurt! Now Commey tries to mount and attack and Beltran times a good counter. Commey 10-7.

Round 2: Both fighters duck each other’s hooks and Beltran tries to sneak in a well-timed counter. Beltran lands a left hook to the body and then lays back as he looks for another counter opportunity. Commey misses on a long jab and Beltran misses on his own hook. Beltran lands a jab but Commey gets in one too. Pretty uneventful round, honestly. I’m going to slightly edge it to Commey. Commey 10-9.

Round 3: Commey misses on a jab to open the round. Commey throws a long combination that Beltran is largely able to defend but he’s not able to get his own shots off. Now Beltran lands two body shots followed by a left hook upstairs. Commey lands a right hand but Beltran steps in with a stiff jab that knocks Commey back. Jab lands again for Beltran, who is starting to get his timing down. Clean left hook lands upstairs for Beltran. Beltran is walking towards Commey and lands another clean left hook, then another! Commey holds on as he felt those punches. Right hand from Commey glances off Beltran’s head. Beltran 10-9.

Round 4: Beltran catches a Commey jab to start the round. Now Commey is trying to walk Beltran down but Beltran skips laterally and finds space to land a jab. Now Commey throws but both fighters clash heads, it doesn’t like there’s any cuts. Both fighters end up in the clinch without much clean work done by either fighter. Now Beltran lands a good body shot and a hook upstairs. Commey throws a bunch of ineffective punches on the inside. Left hook lands for Commey, then another shot that stuns Beltran! Beltran times a counter but Beltran is still looking to press the advantage. Beltran takes the rest of the round off to gather himself. Commey 10-9, 39-35.

Round 5: Commey tries to line up a left hook that partially lands. Left hook lands to the body for Commey. Beltran gets pushed down along the ropes and it’s ruled a knockdown. Beltran gets up but he’s looking pretty weak at this point. Commey is a little too sloppy to quickly end things. Commey knocks Beltran off balance again and Commey throws a flurry of punches but Beltran counters on the ropes and gets Commey’s attention! Now Beltran is trying to push forward and take advantage of Commey’s explosive attack. If only Beltran had about 100,000 less miles on him. Commey 10-8.

Round 6: Commey pushes forward behind a jab and Beltran tries to counter him with a left hook. Jab lands for Commey as he pushes Beltran back to the ropes for a moment. Another head clash during an exchange and the referee takes a look at the damage. Beltran has a nice red mark over his left eye. Beltran bangs both sides of the body as he stands his ground. Now Beltran pushes Commey to the ropes and throws a left hook. Commey gets in a left hook of his own. Both fighters hold on for a moment to catch a breather. Beltran throws some big hooks to end the round. Beltran 10-9, 53-58.

Round 7: Commey leads with a hook that Beltran is able to block. Beltran throws some short punches to the body on the inside before the wind up clinching. Right hook lands upstairs for Beltran. Now Commey fires back but he doesn’t land anything clean. Beltran walks into a jab from Commey. Another lead hook comes from Beltran as he strafes Commey along the ropes. Beltran misses on a hook and the fighters fall into another clinch. There’s clearly fatigue on both sides from the early pace. Snapping jab lands for Beltran. Uppercuts come from Beltran on the inside who then slips a Commey right hand. Beltran 10-9.

Round 8: Commey’s right eye looks pretty swollen heading into this round. Beltran comes out aggressively and looks to get right on the inside with Commey. Commey throws an uppercut to the body. Now Commey throws several hooks that miss but a follow up left puts Beltran down hard! Beltran gets up by the count of eight and wants to continue but the referee doesn’t like the look in his eyes. He waves it off. Commey TKO-8.

Carlos Adames vs Patrick Day

Round 1: Day measures with a jab, then steps in and lands a left to the body a short time later. Day stands and throws another combination as Adames covers up. Day touches both sides of Adames body with a couple hooks. Now Adames comes in with a powerful body punch but Day was able to step out of range. Day throws a couple more jabs as Adames covers up behind a tight guard. Right hand to the body lands for Day. Adames is apparently in no rush in the opening round. Both fighters exchange a couple punches on the inside. Day 10-9.

Round 2: Lead left hook falls short for Day. Now Day throws a combination, starting from the body and bringing a hook upstairs. Day measures with some jabs during the periods of inactivity which is setting up his combinations, even if Adames is covering up. Adames fires back with a combination which looks noticeably more powerful than Day’s. Day continues to box behind the jab and is keeping Adames occupied. Now Adames lands a right hand upstairs as Adames looks to go on the attack. Hard left hook lands clean upstairs for Adames! Adames doesn’t throw a lot, but when he does, watch out. Adames is pushing Day back much more now. Adames 10-9, 19-19.

Round 3: Combination comes from Day to start the round — he’s trying to earn some of Adames’ respect to break up his forward momentum. Two body shots land for Adames this time, then a looping right hand that Day partially blocks. Check hook lands for Adames, who then partially lands the right hand again. Now a hard body shot lands for Adames and Day has to retreat momentarily. Adames misses on a wide right hand and then a follow up left partially lands. Adames lands a right hand now. Day is at a serious power deficit in there. Adames 10-9.

Round 4: Right hand lands to the body for Day, who then follows it up with a good combination. Another short combination comes from Day who then steps out of range when he’s finished. Double left hand comes from Day to the head and body. Day is doing a better job of managing his range in this round. Another combination comes from Day who then pivots on Adames. Now Day rolls a right hand from Adames and pulls away from a left hook. Right hand lands this time for Adames, though! Adames times a nice right hand as Day throws a lazy jab. I still think Day outboxed him this round. Day 10-9, 38-38.

Round 5: Day comes out to center ring and tries a left hand to the body that doesn’t land well. Now Adames turns southpaw and lands a left hand to the body. Adames continues to fight southpaw in this round and times a counter left hand. Day seems hesistant to throw for a moment but then lands two glancing shots upstairs. Straight left partially lands for Adames, who then walks right into a straight right — that’s the punch Day should be looking for if Adames wants to stay southpaw. I’m going to edge this round to Adames. Adames 10-9.

Round 6: Short right hand lands on the inside for Adames. Check hook from Adames gets caught by Day’s right glove. Day throws an ineffective combination and then bounces to the side. now Day sits down on two hard body shots and gets back on the move. Two shots come from Day and make solid contact on Adames. Both fighters trade shots at the same time and Adames’ landed harder. Double jabs come from Adames out of nowhere as he presses Day back to the ropes. Day throws another combination and out. I think Day outworked Adames here. Day 10-9, 57-57.

Round 7: Both fighters trade sharp jabs and both land clean on one another. Double left hook land for Adames but one of them was low and the referee warns him about it. Now Adames lands a hook and a straight right on Day! Day won’t be able to take too many more clean combinations like that considering Adames’ power. Adames turns southpaw again and misses on a right jab. Now Adames lands a right jab from his waist as he tries to bait Day into a left hand. Left hook from Adames doesn’t land clean. Now both fighters trade and Adames might’ve gotten the better of that one. Adames 10-9.

Round 8: Adames and Day trade shots to start the round. Day gets back on the move and then tries to pick off Adames with punches from the outside. Adames times a one-two back from the orthodox stance. Right hand lands clean upstairs for Day, who then evades Adames’ counter attack. Clean right hand lands upstairs for Adames. Day tries to left hands but they’re blocked by Adames. Day tries a left hook to the body followed by a right hand to the head but he misses on both. Adames 10-9, 77-75.

Round 9: Jab to the body lands for Adames, who then misses badly on an overhand right. Adames chases after Day but misses on a right hand. Right hand lead partially lands for Adames. Two hard shots land for Adames upstairs, Day returns fire and gets in one of his own. Another right hand from Adames grazes Day. Now a hard right hand lands for Adames and he thinks he has Day stunned! Adames goes on the attack and lands a couple of shots but Day stands in and fires back. Adames has been testing Day’s heart and he’s clearly passing. Adames 10-9.

Round 10: Last round. Adames comes out quick and tries to jump on Day but Day is fairly steady. Now Day gets in a solid left hook to the face of Adames! Adames isn’t phased by the shot and tries to work Day on the inside. Day fires back and then steps back to mid-range because he just can’t go punch-for-punch with Adames. Left hook lands for Day, right hand lands for Adames. Hard right hand staggers Day! Adames tries to press him and lands a couple of sharp jabs before landing another right hand. Adames goes on the attack and bounces Day from rope to rope but Day is going to make it to the final bell — despite taking some very clean shots until the very end! Adames 10-9, 97-93.

Tonight at 10 pm ET on ESPN, Richard Commey takes on Ray Beltran in a main event originally meant to be for Commey’s IBF lightweight title, but is now not for the belt, as Beltran failed to make weight and cannot win the title. Commey also cannot lose the title no matter the outcome, per IBF rules.

Wil Esco will be here for round-by-round updates for the main card.

The fight still figures to be a good one for action on paper, as Commey is a powerful fighter and Beltran has never shied away from a battle.

In the ESPN co-feature, unbeaten 154-pound prospect Carlos Adames takes on Patrick Day as Top Rank continue to move Adames along slowly but surely, hoping to maximize his potential.

The prelims start at 7 pm ET on ESPN+, with 130-pound prospect Saul Rodriguez, heavyweight prospect Junior Fa, and several more in action.

Prelims (ESPN+, 7:00 pm ET)

  • Raymond Muratalla (7-0, 5 KO) vs Agustine Mauras (6-5-3, 3 KO), lightweights, 6 rounds
  • Elvis Rodriguez (2-0, 2 KO) vs Joaquin Chavez (9-18-3, 2 KO), junior welterweights, 4 rounds
  • Saul Rodriguez (23-0-1, 17 KO) vs Miguel Angel Gonzalez (24-4, 21 KO), super featherweights, 10 rounds
  • Christopher Zavala (4-0, 2 KO) vs Prisco Marquez (4-0-1, 1 KO), super featherweights, 6 rounds
  • Dmitry Yun (debut) vs Jose Antonio Meza (6-3, 1 KO), lightweights, 4 rounds
  • David Kaminsky (4-0, 2 KO) vs Osbaldo Gonzalez (6-4, 4 KO), middleweights, 4 rounds

Main Card (ESPN, 10:00 pm ET)

  • Richard Commey (28-2, 25 KO) vs Ray Beltran (36-8-1, 22 KO), lightweights, 12 rounds
  • Carlos Adames (17-0, 14 KO) vs Patrick Day (17-2-1, 6 KO), junior middleweights, 10 rounds

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