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Ricky Burns: The Pain in My Jaw Was Unbelievable

Ricky Burns retained his WBO lightweight title after a controversial draw against Raymundo Beltran 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.

But one judge gave Burns the verdict by 115-112, another gave it to Beltran by 115 -113 and there was an audible gasp inside the arena when it was announced the third judge had scored it 114 each, with even the champion, who apparently dislocated his jaw in the second round, looking apologetic.

"I knew it was close. I was trying to stick to my jab but I think he could see that my jaw had gone, he came in with swinging hooks," Burns told Sky Sports. "I've never been so worried as in that fight at being caught on the jaw again, the pain was unbelievable. I'm just so disappointed because it happened so early. I hope we can just get this jaw sorted and me and Raymundo can do it again."

"I wanted to put on a better performance. Throughout that fight I was more concentrating on not getting my jaw hit, getting in close and tying him up, trying to stop him from hitting me. The knockdown, I take my hat off him it was a good shot, but it was more of a flash knockdown and it proves I can take a good shot."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sparked_26 on 09-08-2013

[QUOTE=BEDROOM BULLY;13722624]Paddy Power.. a well known bookies in the UK PAID OUT on people who bet on Beltran to win.. Damn i need to watch this fight.. surely it can't be that much of a robbery?? Did Burns win a…

Comment by BEDROOM BULLY on 09-08-2013

Paddy Power.. a well known bookies in the UK PAID OUT on people who bet on Beltran to win.. Damn i need to watch this fight.. surely it can't be that much of a robbery?? Did Burns win a round?

Comment by daggum on 09-08-2013

[QUOTE=Jaliscoguey13;13722519]Exactly. Ref carried Cleverly to this corner. Time Keeper stopped the round 5-6 seconds too soon.[/QUOTE] the enzo-mcphilbin fight the round was stopped like 40 seconds early because enzo was flopping all over the ring. one of the funniest displays…

Comment by Jaliscoguey13 on 09-08-2013

[QUOTE=PolishPummler;13722149]More so in the UK these days. You have to contend with not only judges but refs and time keepers also[/QUOTE] Exactly. Ref carried Cleverly to this corner. Time Keeper stopped the round 5-6 seconds too soon.

Comment by Wesker115 on 09-08-2013

There is no doubt that Burns is an amazingly conditioned warrior, but he had no answer to Beltran. He just walked through him and didn't look more than formulaic himself. Burns was wide open for hooks all night. Where does…

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