Coatbridge boxer Ricky Burns has retained his WBO World Title after defeating England’s Kevin Mitchell. In an action packed bout in front of a capacity crowd in Glasgow, Burns stopped his opponent in round four.
The fight was eagerly anticipated with boxer Burns taking on the warrior Mitchell. However in an unexpected twist it was Burns who out-punched his rival, knocking him down twice en route to a sensational TKO.
The manner of Burns’ win will catapult him into the superstar ranks of world boxing. The twenty nine year old has grown in stature and ability ever since winning the world title in 2010 against Roman Martinez.
Burns dominated the fight and floored Mitchel with a left hook in the fourth. The Englishman never recovered and a second knockdown in the same round was quickly followed by the referee stepping in as Burns overwhelmed his opponent.
In what was a fantastic night for Scottish boxing, former world champion Scott Harrison notched a second win on his comeback trail and Greenock’s John Simpson achieved an impressive win when he stopped his opponent Dai Davis in the second round to win the Celtic crown.