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Show Must and Will Go On: Commey Fights Beltran TONIGHT



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The heart wants what it wants, it is said at times to explain romantic entanglements that engineer consternation…and the body wants what it wants, as well, at times.

In this case, we refer to the difficult ultra vet Ray Beltran had in making the lightweight limit for his clash tonight (Friday), against Richard Commey.

Commey owns the IBF lightweight title and the scrappers weighed in Thursday to set the table for their ESPN clash, atop a Top Rank promotion.

Beltran couldn’t make 135, so he won’t be able to win Commey’s crown.

Michael Amoo-Bediako manages the Ghana born champ.

He told NYFIGHTS about the impact of the missed weight. “At this morning’s second day weigh in Richard Commey was 142.8 and Ray Beltran was 145.6, we have a fight. (If Ray was not 146.5 or less, the bout would have been scrapped.) But because Beltran cannot win the title, it does take the edge off of it…we are all disappointed that he didn’t make weight but we just have to focus on the job in hand and that’s to win the fight and move on to the next one.”

And no one assumes a win.. but should Commey better Beltran in Temecula, CA, what could come next?

“The winner of Teofimo Lopez and Masayoshi Nakatani (July 19),” the advisor said.

So, Beltran, 38 on June 23, tried his ass off to make weight, but what worked before no longer did the trick. The  body sometimes defies the mind…Moving forward, he will be doing his thing at junior welter, if he continues campaigning.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.