WBO World Lightweight Title: Burns survives Beltran scare

Ricky Burns v Raymundo Beltran boxing

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Ricky Burns says he is willing to give Mexican Raymundo Beltran another shot at his title after the Scot survived a scare on Saturday night to retain his WBO lightweight crown on a controversial draw decision.

The Glaswegian sustained a dislocated jaw in the early stages of the fight but managed to battle until the end, despite being knocked to the floor by the impressive Beltran, who will feel aggrieved he was not announced the winner at the end of the contest.

Having picked up the jaw injury so early in the fight, Burns was on the back foot for much of the night as Beltran tried to take down the 30-year-old with some ferocious shots.

However the Mexican did not do enough according to the judges and to the amazement of many in attendance, the match was called a draw between the two brave fighters.

Burns has admitted he thought the result would be a close one after the fight and felt his jaw injury played a massive role in how he went about the contest.

He told Sky Sports: “I’ve never been so worried as in that fight at being caught on the jaw again, the pain was unbelievable. I’m just so disappointed because it happened so early. I hope we can just get this jaw sorted and me and Raymundo can do it again.

“I wanted to put on a better performance. Throughout that fight I was more concentrating on not getting my jaw hit, getting in close and tying him up, trying to stop him from hitting me.”


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