After back-and-forth action, Ray Beltran gets TKO victory over Hiroki Okada in round 9
Boxing night was held on Feb. 10th in Fresno, California, during which the former WBO lightweight champion Ray Beltran (36-8-1, 22 KOs) fought against undefeated Japanese light welterweight boxer Hiroki Okada (19-1, 13 KO).
Beltran had some trouble during the fight, but eventually, he managed to score a knockout victory in the ninth round.
At the beginning of the fight, Okada managed to hit Beltran with numerous punches, started with jabs. Beltran also beat back, but there were significantly fewer hits from his side. In the second round, Beltran knocked the Japanese colleague down with a powerful hook, but Okada recovered and in the same round he dropped Beltran to the canvas and then landed a barrage of big punches in the last 30 seconds of the fight.
In the third round, Beltran opened cut under his opponent‘s left eye. The initiative passed from hand to hand in each round - in the sixth segment of the battle Beltran also opened the cut. In the ninth round, Beltran landed a powerful right hand, which dropped Okada hard. The Japanese barely stood up, but was immediately attacked by a series of strong shots and fell again, after which his corner threw a towel.
Defeating Okada, Ray Beltran captured the WBC Continental Americas and WBO Inter-Continental light welterweight titles.