Tuesday, November 29, 2022  |


Beltran outhustles Meza-Clay


Averaging 100 punches a round, former 122-pound title challenger Fernando Beltran Jr. (33-3-1, 18 KOs) outworked fringe contender Monty Meza-Clay (28-3, 19 KOs) to a unanimous 12-round decision in a featherweight bout that took place in Laredo, Texas Friday night.

It was the first time that Beltran, who won by scores of 117-110 (twice) and 115-112, has looked sharp in over a year. The Tijuana-based southpaw won controversial split decisions over Miguel Roman and Takalani Ndlovu in his last two fights after dropping a one-sided decision to then-IBF beltholder Steve Molitor last April.

Meza-Clay, a former amateur standout from Pennsylvania, was coming off a fifth-round stoppage loss to featherweight contender Jorge Solis in January.

On the undercard of the “Fight Night Fights” broadcast that was carried on ESPN Classic, junior middleweight prospect Joe Greene (21-0, 14 KOs) ended 10 months of inactivity with a unanimous eight-round decision over Delray Raines (15-6, 10 KOs). The talented southpaw from Brooklyn won by scores of 79-73 (twice) and 78-74.

Also on the card was 2008 Olympian Demetrius Andrade, who shutout Tony Hirsch (8-2-1, 4 KOs) over four rounds. Andrade (5-0, 4 KOs), a southpaw junior middleweight, won by unanimous scores of 40-36. He is generally regarded as the most talented boxer from last year's U.S. Olympic squad.