Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Ricky Burns Gives Relikh High Praise For His Punching Power

Ricky Burns was left admiring the power of Kiryl Relikh after a thrilling win over the hardy Belarusian at Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena on Friday night.

It was the Coatbridge fighter's first defence of his WBA world super-lightweight title, and he was made to work for the victory.

Relikh, under the guidance of former world champion Ricky Hatton, had arrived with a record of 19 knockouts in 21 wins, and he demonstrated to Burns just why he held such an impressive record.

boxing

The 33-year-old struggled at times to get on top of the challenger during a pulsating battle but ultimately came through on the judges' scorecards, 118-110 116-112 116-112.

Afterwards he said: "I feel sore. I have been in with big punchers before and the sparring and fights I have been in are always tough going, but that boy could bang.

"In the second round he caught me with a couple and I had to grit the teeth because he hurt me. Throughout the fight I stuck with what Tony (Sims, trainer) and I had been working on.

"We knew he was flat-footed and would look to try for the big hooks all the time but he could bang.

"He took a couple of right hands and a couple of body shots but his poker face was just as good as mine. He seemed to grit the teeth as well, which is good.

"He will definitely come again. I said before the fight that we expected a hard 12 rounds and we always prepare for that.

"And the way I trained for the fight, I think I brought most of that into the ring, which is good."

The atmosphere was electric as Burns entered the ring, but the relatively unknown challenger started with some confidence.

Relikh, who made the 10-stone weight only at the third attempt, quietened the crowd in round one by forcing the pace and finding his way through the guard.

Three-weight world champion Burns, who won the belt in May by knocking out Michele Di Rocco in the same arena in eight rounds, had to fight mostly off the back foot in the early stages.

Slick-moving Relikh kept coming forward while avoiding most of Burns' attempts to counter.

A straight right by Burns near the end of the fourth got the crowd cheering again and he was looking better in the next round when he found the target more often.

The fans found their voice again as Burns put some combinations together but Relikh shrugged them off and again had his man back-pedalling.

It was turning into a difficult night for the Scot, who was having to tap into his vast experience.

Relikh kept stalking but two stunning rights by Burns in the eighth appeared to sow some seeds of doubt in the younger man's mind.

The snap had left Relikh's punches, with the spring appearing to leave his legs and the champion began to impose himself.

The 26-year-old, however, came back in the 10th with renewed vigour, scoring with a big right and a big left.

The men swapped punches in the 12th - the home fighter went to the ground but it was due to a slip - before the final bell signalled a successful defence which owed much to Burns' resilience.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by OctoberRed on 10-09-2016

[QUOTE=Gordon_Gekko;17108666]Would like to see Relikh vs Luke Campbell next[/QUOTE] If luke doesnt get clipped by Dirty Derry

Comment by Gordon_Gekko on 10-09-2016

Would like to see Relikh vs Luke Campbell next

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Hearn Confirms July Return for Brook; Date, Opponent & Site TBA Photos: Naoya Inoue, Jamie McDonnell - Ready For War in Japan Robert Easter Adds Cunningham To His Team For Garcia Bout Jose Ramirez's Adviser Explains Why Freddie Roach Was Replaced Arum Ready To Make Deal: Stevenson Must Fight Gvozdyk Next McDonnell: When I Beat Inoue, Everyone in World Will Know Me Hekkie Budler's Trainer Breaks Down The Big Upset in Japan Everton Lopes, Two-Time Olympian, Decides To Retire Is David Haye About To Retire From Boxing? Horn's Trainer: We Can't Afford To Let Crawford Land Big Shots Luis Ortiz Coach Expects Wilder Rematch, Feels Joshua Will Delay Jousce Gonzalez, Aaron McKenna Win Bouts on Charity Card Jamie McDonnell-Naoya Inoue: Stats & Stakes Luis Ortiz Trainer: Dillian Whyte is Nothing Special, He Won't Win Photos: David Lemieux, Karim Achour - Go Face To Face Lomachenko Gives Up WBO 130 Title, Remains at Lightweight Photos: Jerwin Ancajas, Kal Yafai, Jonas Sultan - Open Workouts Broner Blasts Hearn's Three-Fight, $6.75M Offer as 'Slave Deal' Oscar Valdez's Manager Gives Status on Injury, Ring Return Dejan Zlaticanin Back on June 21, Broadway Boxing in Astoria Hearn Provides Update on Joshua vs. Wilder Negotiations Photos: Lucas Matthysse Putting in Work For Pacquiao Fight Photos: Naoya Inoue vs. Jamie McDonnell - Final Presser ESPN, UFC Announce and Outline Huge Multi-Year Deal PBC With 3 Hour Memorial Day Weekend Show David Lemieux Wants To Make a Statement in Achour Fight Ivan Dychko vs. Mike Marrone on June 16 in St. Petersburg Lucas Matthysse: I Expect The Same Manny Pacquiao as Always Antonio Tarver Aims To Prove Worth, Win Heavyweight Title Josh Warrington: Lee Selby Refused To See Me After The Fight News: McKenna, Tyrone James, Thomas Essomba, More Micki Nielsen Injury Derails Artur Mann Clash in Hannover Alex Saucedo Wants a Title Shot Soon After Lenny Z Bout Golovkin Signs Up for Advanced VADA Testing, Will Start Soon Loeffler: 'Structure in Place' for Canelo-Golovkin Rematch Deal Warren: Frampton Still Fights on August 18 - But No Warrington McGuigan: Postol is a Very Dangerous Fight For Josh Taylor Hearn: One Thing is Certain - Joshua Wants Wilder Next! Tony Bellew's Trainer: Andre Ward is The Ideal Legacy Fight Lolenga Mock Very Pumped To Face Avni Yilidirim
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement