BURNS RETAINS WBO TITLE WITH 1ST ROUND TKO
16 July 2011
Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
WBO super-featherweight champion Ricky Burns of Scotland stopped former champion Nicky Cook of England in the first round to successfully retain his world belt.
Burns, 28 years-old, floored Cook in the opening seconds, including a hard right to the back. A glancing blow put Cook down again, and though he got to his feet, Cook was struggling. More rights to the body dropped Cook, 31 years-old, and his corner threw in the towel to end the scheduled 12-rounder after only 1:33.
Cook, also former EBU, British and Commonwealth 127-lbs champ, was taken out of the ring on a stretcher and to a hospital for a possible spinal injury, promoter Frank Warren told the British Press Association.
Burns, 32-2-0 (9), was making his third defense of the title since taking it from puertorican Roman Martinez last year.
It was the second fight for Cook, 30-3-0 (16), since losing the same title to Martinez in 2009.
(Bellew won vacant British light-heavyweight title and retained Commonwealth light-heavyweight title)
(Gavin retained WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title)
(Mitchell vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title)
Burns moves swiftly on as Cook suffers back injury
Agony for former champion while Mitchell returns to form in ending Murray's record unbeaten run
Ricky Burns' third defence of his WBO super-featherweight title ended dramatically last night here with one of the most unusual injuries seen in the ring. Challenger Nicky Cook was carried out on a stretcher by paramedics after 1min 33sec of the first round with what appeared to be a serious back problem.
Ricky Burns retains WBO super-featherweight title in 93 seconds
Ricky Burns retained his WBO super-featherweight title with a bizarre first-round victory in less than two minutes against former champion Nicky Cook in Liverpool.
Mitchell wins the domestic battle
Kevin Mitchell turned back the clock as he took John Murray's unbeaten record after stopping him in the eighth round of an absolute classic.
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Classy Mitchell outboxes a game Murray
Tonight in Liverpool’s Echo Arena, Kevin Mitchell showed he still has the skill and heart to get back on the horse as he handed the ever-game John Murray of Manchester his first defeat. In a thrilling 135lb contest, the two men went at it and gave fans a great domestic war.
Gavin pushed to the limit as he claims a narrow points victory over Woodhouse
Birmingham City fan Frankie Gavin endured a difficult night's work as he beat former Blues midfielder Curtis Woodhouse by split decision in Liverpool.
Bellew takes unspectacular step towards world title showdown with Cleverly
Tony Bellew stayed on course for a world title clash with domestic rival Nathan Cleverly but failed to provide the expected fireworks in a unanimous points win over Ovill McKenzie in Liverpool.
Photos: Kevin Mitchell, Burns, Bellew, Gavin Win Bouts
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