Raymundo Beltran Not Retiring, Looking To Fight In 2019

Former WBO lightweight champion Raymundo Beltran is not hanging his gloves up yet and will look to get back to fighting for another world title.

A report from ESPN states that Beltran is not retiring from boxing and will fight again in early 2019. According to Beltran's manager Steve Feder, Beltran is still looking for another title opportunity and is expected to fight on a Top Rank card sometime either in February or March, but no later than March 2019.

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Feder added that Beltran believes that he should have won his latest fight that saw Beltran lose his WBO title to Jose Pedraza on a Top Rank Boxing card on ESPN back in August. Beltran not only lost the title, but also a shot at Vasiliy Lomachenko in a lightweight unification at Madison Square Garden in December.

“He was really dealing with some depression after that loss, but he’s far from done. (He) knows that he should have won that fight but you can’t rewrite the past. He desperately wants another title shot. He knows it’s an uphill climb but his whole career has been uphill,” Feder said.

Despite the loss, Beltran remains eligible to fight for a world title at lightweight. Beltran is currently ranked No. 6 by the WBO and No. 10 by the WBC, where Mikey Garcia is the current lightweight champion. The 37-year-old Beltran currently sports a 1-2-1 record in world title fights with just one no contest.

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