Ricky burns survives a late scare to retain his WBA light-Welterweight title via points decision against Kiryl Relikh.
“i said we were expecting a hard twelve rounds and that’s what we got tonight”. Said Ricky Burns.
Relikh channeled trainer Ricky Hatton in the opening round slipping shots as he pressed forward with the attack.Ricky was on his toes from the outset but was missing with the jab.
However Burns showed his will and adaptability as he began to fight more aggressively landing the right hand behind the inaccurate jab. Relikh continued his march forward but was ill effective as the Scot caught shots on the gloves.
The Scotsman perhaps won the fight in the middle rounds as he began to find his accuracy. Relikh had abandoned much of his earlier head movement which allowed Burns to land the jab.
The Belorussian appeared ragged and frustrated in round nine as the…
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