Ricky Burns keeps title after disputed draw against Raymundo BeltrŠn
• WBO lightweight champion never looked like winning bout
Ricky Burns retained his WBO lightweight title after a controversial draw against Raymundo BeltrŠn at the SECC in Glasgow.
The 30-year-old Coatbridge fighter, making his fourth defence of his belt, was floored in the eighth round of a contest he never really looked like he was winning.
Burns v Beltran - round-by-round coverage of the WBO lightweight title fight
By Jeff Powell - dailymail.co.uk
Ricky Burns can lay claim to being Scotland's greatest ever boxer if he defeats Mexican Raymundo Beltran over 12 rounds at Glasgow’s SECC, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
Taking aim: A jab from Burns catches Beltran on the nose
Ricky Burns, true to his Braveheart monikor, kept his title world title defence and volunteered a rematch to his outrageously robbed challenger Raymundo Beltran.
controversy: Burns retains his title after drawing with Beltran
Even Burns, though in great pain, went quiet and subdued as the result was announced.
Stunned: Burns was put on the canvas for only the second time
The judges allowed Burns to retain his tile by contriving to give him the draw. It was a terrible hometown decision and a disgraceful robery of the Mexican's right to become champion. Even the most The decisive score of 114-114, after two foreign judges had split their decision, came from English official Richie Davis. Even Burns looked shocked by the result as were the majority of his fans as Beltran stalked away immediately to his dressing room. The scale of the injustice can be measured from my scorecard of 116-112 in favour of Beltran.
Burns has lucky escape in draw with Beltran
Ricky Burns held on to his WBO lightweight title by the slimmest of margins after coming through 12 rounds to draw with challenger Raymundo Beltran in Glasgow.
Ricky Burns was floored by Raymundo Beltran in the eighth round © Getty Images
In a second successive fortunate title defence, Burns suffered a suspected dislocated jaw early in the second round before being knocked down by Beltran in the eighth.
Ricky Burns was not at his best but did enough to keep hold of his belt © Getty Images
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