By Tom Gray at Ringside
Ricky Burns sensationally stopped Kevin Mitchell in the fourth round to retain his WBO lightweight championship at the SECC in Glasgow on Saturday night.
Once again the fighting pride of Scotland was on peak form, stamping his authority from the start with a brisk jab which quickly reddened the challenger’s face.
The action was technically superb in round two with both men jockeying for position in a game of high speed chess with violence. It was noticeable however that Burns was looking to engage while there was hesitancy in Mitchell’s work.
In the third Burns’ alter ego was summoned by a fever pitch crowd when, in a rare act of bravado, he pounded his chest and invited Mitchell to “bring it”. The challenger’s pride was stung and although he fired back it was clear that the Coatbridge star was the stronger fighter.
Things weren’t getting any better for the Englishman in the fourth when a world class left hook dropped him to the canvas. The challenger rose bravely but Burns was locked in on the target and decked him again with a combination. The writing was on the wall and although Mitchell found his feet, he was woozy when referee Terry O’Connor jumped into save him from further punishment.
This was meant to be a genuine 50/50 fight but the nature of Burns victory will send shock waves through the entire lightweight division.
Official Time was 2.59.
John Simpson retained his Celtic Super Featherweight title with a decisive second round knockout of Dai Davies in the chief support bout.
The former British and Commonwealth champion fenced with Davies in the first round and when he did unload the Welshman did a good job of evading the big stuff.
Not for long though.
Davies’ luck ran out early in round two when a bodacious left hook hurt him badly and a follow up assault sent him sprawling. There was no way back for the challenger and the referee counted Davies out as he lay flat on his face.
Time was 0.36.
Former world champion Scott Harrison won every round of his second comeback fight against Joe Elfidh in a six round lightweight attraction.
Harrison got off to a great start, dropping his man with a hard left hook, but failed to capitalise as Elfidh rose gamely to survive the session.
“The Real McCoy” still knows how to win fights and applied steady pressure to bank the rounds on work rate. Elfidh was brave and landed some nice single shots but Harrison’s experience was decisive.
The official score was 60-53.
Remaining Undercard Bouts
John Thain PTS Lee Noble - Light Middleweights
Stephen Simmons PTS Tayar Mehmed - Cruiserweights
Bradley Saunders TKO3 Ivan Godor - Welterweights
Michael Roberts PTS Gavin Reid – Super Featherweights
Jonathan Slowey PTS Tibor Meszaros – Super Bantamweights
Ryan Collins TKO2 Ben Morrish – Super Featherweights
Lee Quinn PTS Sammy Hill – Light Welterweights
Hugh Gray PTS Rhys Saunders – Light Welterweights
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