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.