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Burns: Indongo Was A lot Better Than We Thought, Hits Hard

GLASGOW, Scotland - Namibia's Julius Indongo captured the WBA super-lightweight title by beating Scottish fighter Ricky Burns on points Saturday in just his second professional bout outside his home country.

Burns, a three-weight world champion, was on the defensive for much of the night against Indongo, who improved his record to 22-0.

Indongo was little known outside Namibia until December, when he stunned Russia's Eduard Troyanovsky in less than a minute in Moscow to win the IBF and IBO super-lightweight titles.

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He was declared the victor Saturday on all three scorecards, 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112.

"The better man won, he was so awkward, he was a lot better than we thought and he can hit as well," said Burns.

"I'll come again. The plan was to feel his power and try and take the sting out of him. The height and reach advantage, I just couldn't reach him."

Burns (41-6-1, 14 KOs) was on the back foot from the start as the southpaw Indongo came out swinging with powerful left hooks in the early rounds.

The Scottish fighter came back midway through the bout, however, and landed a couple of good combinations in the seventh round as Indongo appeared to tire.

But the Namibian responded in the eighth round by landing some strong right jabs as Burns failed to put enough pressure on his opponent. The Scot slipped and fell to the mat in the final round, all but ending his title defense.

Burns became Scotland's first three-weight world champion last May when he beat Michele Di Rocco for the vacant WBA super-lightweight title.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by E10Rifle on 04-20-2017

[QUOTE=Marvlus Marv;17607361]Beat Rocky Martinez at 130 for a strap and the Figueroa fight was real close. Never been stopped in 48 fights. Not too shabby. The bread and butter of boxing[/QUOTE] Yeah, got to love imbeciles who write off three…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 04-20-2017

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;17598836]OK, I apologize. Other than a controversial draw with Beltran, and losses to Crawford, Zlaticanin, Omar Figueroa Jr., and Julius Indongo, Burns is pretty solid![/QUOTE] Beat Rocky Martinez at 130 for a strap and the Figueroa fight was real close.…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 04-17-2017

[QUOTE=Marvlus Marv;17598653]Unfair. Burns took 3 rounds of Crawford which is more than Postol did. Burns is just at the end of the road (nearly 50 fights). Remember he started at super feather and beat some decent names along the way.…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 04-17-2017

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;17596014]Just watched the fight. DAMN!!! Burns was totally dominated from the opening bell! Ondongo is very awkward, but I think Crawford will time him coming in, and then it's a wrap! Crawford is fighting the perfect opponent. It takes mental…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 04-16-2017

Just watched the fight. DAMN!!! Burns was totally dominated from the opening bell! Ondongo is very awkward, but I think Crawford will time him coming in, and then it's a wrap! Crawford is fighting the perfect opponent. It takes mental…

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