Beltran vs Pedraza

Raymundo Beltran Jose Pedraza

Beltran Pedraza

Gila River Arena, Arizona

On air @ 2.30am

25

Aug

The WBO World Lightweight Title

Ray Beltran and Isaac Dogboe make the first defences of their World Titles in Arizona on August 25th, live and exclusive in the UK & Ireland on BoxNation as part of our exclusive output deal with Top Rank.

In February, Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs) finally became World Champion on his fourth attempt when he outpointed Paulus Moses in a thrilling tussle, where both men suffered cuts.

Previously, the Mexican appeared to edge Ricky Burns but their 2013 meeting ended in a split decision draw. His next attempt came against Terence Crawford just over a year later, with the pound-for-pound star proving too slick for Beltran to win a clear points victory.

“Jose Pedraza is a very skilful fighter and is going to bring his best to take the belt from us, but I'm not just fighting for the belt, I'm also fighting to keep it in Phoenix and my birthplace of Los Mochis, Mexico. This belt represents my family's future, and it's going nowhere,” said Beltran.

Pedraza (24-1, 12 KOs) has only suffered defeat once, when he was stopped by powerful Super-Featherweight Gervonta Davis in January 2017. Since then, the Puerto Rican has bounced back with two points wins at Lightweight.

“This is a great opportunity and a great challenge. Beltran is a veteran and is finally a World Champion after trying for so long,” Pedraza said. “I think for that reason it’s going to be a great fight because he will not want to lose the title. I’m 100 percent prepared for war.”

Top Rank plan to match the winner in a unification with Vasyl Lomachenko, who won the WBA and Ring Magazine belts earlier this year.

Dogboe vs Otake

Isaac Dogboe Hidenori Otake

Dogboe Otake

On air @ 2.30am

The WBO World Super-Bantamweight Title

After crushing Cesar Juarez in five rounds in Ghana, before dethroning Jessie Magdaleno in Philadelphia four months later, Isaac Dogboe (19-0, 13 KOs) is one of the breakout stars of 2018.

‘Royal Storm’ became Ghana’s youngest ever World Champion in April, earning praise from Azumah Nelson who is considered to be Africa’s greatest ever boxer.

However, it was not all plain sailing as Dogboe had to recover from a first-round knockdown before stopping Magdaleno in the penultimate round of their fantastic Fight of the Year contender.

Tough Tokyo veteran Hidenori Otake (31-2-3, 14 KOs) is on a nine-fight winning streak since being outpointed by England’s Scott Quigg back in 2014 and will be determined to prove he can stand up to Dogboe’s power.

“I’m making my first defence against Otake, a Japanese warrior. It’s going to be fireworks,” Dogboe predicted. “I’m not stepping back. We’re on a quest to make this division exciting and great again. We’re shaking up the division. Isaac ‘Royal Storm’ Dogboe, you all know I bring lightning and thunder!”