Raymundo Beltran is finally a world champion, and the 36-year-old had to work for it.
In his fourth try, Beltran defeated former world titleholder Paulus Moses in an action-packed, competitive unanimous decision to win the vacant WBO lightweight belt.
Beltran won by scores of 117-111 (X2) and 116-112. FightNights.com also scored the bout 116-112 for Beltran.
Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO's), a Mexico native residing in Phoenix, Arizona, started the fight strong with several short right hands to the head, while Moses connected on a few rights in the second round. However, the blows did not seem to bother Beltran, who continued to fight fire with fire.
But Moses (40-4, 25 KO's), 39, of Namibia, brought the torch in the third round, and a big right hand opened a cut over the right eye of Beltran.
With his back against the ropes, Moses nearly dropped Beltran with a crisp uppercut.
Moses saw similar success in the ninth round, buckling Beltran's knees with another colossal right hand, but it was Beltran came back with several body shots that slowed down his opponent.
By the 11th round, Beltran had seized control of the fight, as Moses, whose left eye was gushing blood, was exhausted, but both fighters poured it out in an all-out war in the 12th round.
Beltran's victory is living proof to never give up.