A proposed fight between lightweight contender Raymundo Beltran and former unified titleholder Juan Diaz has been scrapped, Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN.com.
The bout was supposed to serve as the opener of the HBO-televised fight between lightweight titleholder Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs) and former featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs) on June 28 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., Crawford’s hometown.
In addition to being a probable action fight, the winner of the fight would have put himself in prime position to challenge the winner of the main event.
However, Moretti said that Beltran dropped out of the fight, saying he would not be ready in time. One of the reasons, perhaps, is because Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) recently parted ways with manager Steve Fedor and is now working with attorney David Garcia, Moretti said.
Moretti said that Diaz (39-4, 19 KOs) likely would remain on the card in an untelevised bout.
Top Rank and HBO are talking about various fights to take the place of Beltran-Diaz as the co-feature.