RAYMUNDO BELTRAN has lashed out at Terry Flanagan, accusing the Manchester man of moving up to super-lightweight to avoid facing him.
Mexican Beltran faces Namibian Paulus Moses for the vacant WBO lightweight title in Reno on Friday night, the title Flanagan relinquished.
Beltran, 36, is angry that Flanagan never defended the title against him and plans to move up in weight and face his bitter rival if he defeats Moses in their BoxNation televised clash.
He told Flanagan: “Prove yourself Terry and fight me.”
Flanagan boxes American Maurice Hooker for the vacant WBO 140lb belt in London on April 14, and Beltran fumed: “Flanagan will not get my respect.
“I respect all my opponents, but not Flanagan. He doesn’t give me respect back and doesn’t deserve it. The first time he faced a real threat, me, he ran away.
“Terry seems a little bit arrogant and disrespectful. He said he would beat me, but didn’t want to fight me and moved up to avoid me.
“I am gonna win this title and I am going to come up to 140lb to beat him and return to lightweight. I am going to show him.
“He has been fighting lesser opponents and never wanted to make mandatory defences.”
Beltran, who has won 34 of his 42 fights has suffered several setbacks in his career and it’s surely now or never in his bid to become a World champion.
He had to be content with a draw when he challenged for the WBO 135lb belt against Ricky Burns in September 2013, when many thought he deserved to win in his opponent’s Glasgow back yard.
Just over a year later he had another crack at the same title, but ran into Terence Crawford and lost a points decision.
His third shot came in May 2015, but failed to make weight before hammering Takahiro Ao inside two rounds and worst was to follow when he tested positive for anabolic steroid stanozolol and the fight was declared a no-contest.
He told BoxNation.com: “It was hard coming back from the setbacks.
“We made a mistake because I wasn’t careful with what I was doing, but I never stopped training and never lost my hunger.
“We have proved since that I don’t need substances to become a champion.
“I didn’t know what I was taking. I was given that substance by a former member of my team.”
Beltran was fined $25,000 and suspended for nine months after for his drugs misdemeanor, but even though he has won five on the spin is lucky to get yet another chance.
“I feel it’s the night I finally become a World champion,” added Beltran who is also battling to get a green card to allow to reside permanently in the United States.