IN front of 2,795 fans at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California, IBF lightweight king Richard Commey produced an eye-catching, power-punching performance to dispatch Raymundo Beltran.
The Bronx-based Ghanaian decked Beltran on no less than four occasions – twice in the first, once in the fifth and once in the eighth. After the last knockdown – caused by a fierce combination – the Mexican veteran bravely rose to his feet, but the referee decided he had seen enough and called the contest off after 54 seconds of the round.
Despite the emphatic nature of the finish, Commey, who won the IBF strap in February, was forced to swallow some weighty counter hooks during the contest, as Beltran had his moments. However, the champion’s chin stood up to the tests well.