Ricky Burns retained his WBO super-featherweight title when Joseph Laryea retired at the end of seven punishing rounds in Glasgow on 12th March 2011.
Laryea, 25 years-old from Ghana, retired with a hand injury after taking a lot of punishment in the first half of the fight. He appeared to signal to his corner that he was in pain, believing he had broken a knuckle in his right hand.
It was Burns’s second defence of his title. He won it in September last year when he upset undefeated Roman Martinez. He retained the title against Norway’s Andreas Evensen in December when, on the undercard, Laryea won on points against former British featherweight champion Paul Appleby, and acquired the vacant WBO Intercontinental super-featherweight title.
The local Burns, 27 years-old, immediately declared himself eager to fight South African Mzonke Fana, who holds the IBF title.
Burns improved to 31-2-8 (8), while Laryea dropped to 14-5-0 (11)
“A couple of rounds before it was stopped, you could see him looking out of the ring,” Burns said after the bout.
“He just didn’t want to be there. I think hurting his hand was just a wee excuse to get him out of there. I started picking up the pace for those two rounds and it got the job done.
“After every combination I threw he was looking away from me, so I think it was just a matter of time.”
Burns is now in line for a unification fight against IBF champion Mzonke Fana of South Africa.
“I was reading from his camp that they were saying all (promoter) Frank Warren has to do is get in touch with him, so we have our fingers crossed he can pull it off,” the 27-year-old Burns said.
“I’m sure he would love to unify that belt and so would I.”
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