Crawford-Beltran set for November 29
WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) will defend his title against Mexican danger man Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) on November 29 at the CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Crawford defeated former IBF/WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, knocking down the Cuban in the 5th, 8th and twice in the 9th en route to a TKO victory in his first title defence in June.
Beltran has been waiting for another world title shot ever since he fought to a controversial 12 round draw against former WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns last year in September.
The rugged Beltran, who broke Burns’ jaw, was robbed of the title when he got a draw and he was supposed to get a rematch, but the fight never happened because the World Boxing Organization ordered Burns to face Crawford, who promptly beat Burns to win his WBO title last March.
But Beltran came back to take a unanimous decision over Arash Usmanee in April, which put him in line for another title shot, where he will face the versatile Crawford in his hometown.
Crawford looks set to move up to 140 lbs for the more lucrative fights against the likes of Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner or Ruslan Provodnikov. But first he faces tough customer Beltran and if he isn’t able to score a stoppage and get him out of there, he could end up taking a great deal of punishment in this fight because Beltran can really fight.