Sunday, 29 May 2016

Flawless Burns makes three division history.

Super lightweight Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs) became Scotland’s first ever three-weight world champion with a one-sided eighth round KO win over Michele Di Rocco (40-2-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Burns outclassed the WBA #1 rated Di Rocco, who's ranking quite honestly must reflect his record and not his ability, Burns was able to control the fight with the jab, keeping the very raw Di Rocco on the outside in the early rounds..  Di Rocco was more aggressive than usual but continually made fundamental mistakes which Burns capitalised on, dropping him in round three and finally finishing him in round eight.  Ricky's victory claimed the vacant WBA 140lb title formerly held by Adrien Broner and vacated on the scales prior to the Theophane bout..  Burns now along with Duke Mackenzie and Bob fitzimmons is amongst a unique trio of British fighters to win recognised world titles in three separate weight divisions..  Burns previously holding super featherweight and lightweight championships..  

British super lightweight champion Tyrone Nurse (33-2-1, 6 KOs) retained his title with a ninth round TKO over local hero Willie Limond (39-5, 11 KOs). Referee Victor Loughlin waved it off at 1:54 to save Limond from further punishment.

Conor Benn (2-0, 1 KO), son of former world champ Nigel Benn, took a four round unanimous decision over Luke Keleher (2-5-1, 1 KO).

2012 Olympic middleweight bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo (9-0, 5 KOs) won by third round stoppage over Chris Herrmann (21-11-1, 12 KOs).