("Take a deep breath, Joey. This will all be over soon.")
When Pat Barry left Joey Beltran laying in a heap barely able to get up at the end of their heavyweight scrap on Saturday night, choosing Beltran as the winner of the bout seemed like an unlikelihood unless you were Cecil Peoples.
It depends on who you ask, I guess.
According to Fight Metric, "The Mexecutioner" landed more punches in the bout even if they were ineffective for the most part. Beltran is of the opinion that he did enough to win and that besides the unintentional eye poke he took in the third round which led to a just stoppage, referee Mario Yamasaki all but cost him the fight by calling for breaks and restarts when the two fighters seemed to be stalling on the cage and by stopping the fight when Beltran had an advantageous position when Pat claimed to be kicked in the berries.
He also says that besides some soreness and a slight limp, his legs which were tenderized for the better part of their 15-minute bout by Barry were no worse for the wear and that he worked out this afternoon. Beltran said that the eye poke, whether intentional or not left him with a handicap to finish the fight.
Knowing Pat and what kind of sportsmanship he has, if I had to wager a guess, I’d say that he didn’t want to finish the fight with a KO considering the blowback he would have gotten for finishing Joey with head shots when he claimed he couldn’t see properly, which would explain why he turned his focus to leg kicks to close out the third round.
Here’s what an obviously disgruntled Joey had to say about what went down Saturday night.