RENO, Nev. (KOLO) As Ray Beltran gets set for Friday’s showdown against Paulus Moses, he isn’t short on confidence.
“I predict victory,” said the 36-year-old Mexican fighter, who enters the world Lightweight Championship having won 4 fights in a row. “Either by knockout or decision, we are going to win the fight, and put on a great show.”
The fact that Reno is growing rapidly and has landed this title fight is not a coincidence.
“This is on a different level. This is the main ESPN,” said Tommy Lane of Let’s Get it on Promotions. Ratings have been great for the series that top rank now has with them.”
Tommy Lane and his brother Terry have been promoting Reno’s fights for over a decade, and say this fight is the biggest the city has seen in a long time.
“There were a handful of championship fights in the 90s and early 2000s in Reno, but this is the first big championship fight in some time here,” Lane said.
The big fight in Reno is not unprecedented.
It was on Valentine ’s Day in 2009 when the biggest fight in modern Reno history took place, when Jesse Brinkley defeated fellow Nevadan Joey Gilbert in what was dubbed “The Civil War.”
And, the most famous fight of all time in Reno came 99 years before that, when Jack Johnson defeated Jim Jefferies for the Heavyweight title on what is now East Fourth Street near downtown Reno.