Scotland’s own Ricky Burns loses his WBA super-lightweight title to IBF champion Julius Indongo in Glasgow.
In a dominant performance from Indongo, Burns was unable to mount any sort of attack against the unbeaten fighter.
Despite some resistance from Burns in the fifth and sixth, the three judges at ringside scored the fight in favour of the man from Namibia.
One attribute which stood out was Indongo’s height which proved to be a crucial aspect to the fight.
Burns was slow come the opening bell and Indongo was full of energy, bouncing round the ring and was already causing problems for the Scotsman from the opening round.
During rounds five and six, it looked like Burns could salvage a win, forcing Indongo backwards for the force time.
Burns’ defence remained strong during the fight, but, the Namibian was throwing more successful punches.
Come the ninth round, Burns realised he had to try and stop Indongo, but, whenever he tried to do this, Burns’ punches were often over-stretched.
Indongo countered this strategy through his sophisticated footwork or holding onto his opponent.
The three judges scored the fight 120-108, 118-110, 116-112 in Indongo’s favour.
Speaking after the fight, Burns said he underestimated his opponent, but, he is not finished with boxing despite the loss.
He was so so awkward. He was a lot better than we thought he was going to be. He can hit as well.
I’m going to have all the doubters saying I’m finished – but I’ll come again.
He started the rounds fast and the height and reach advantage meant he was out of my distance.
This loss ended the dream fight with Terence Crawford, however, it does not look like Ricky Burns will be retiring just yet.