In the sixth Burns pummelled Laryea to head and body before setting up a nice one two and a thumping right hook to the head. The fight, although one sided, was being fought at a white hot pace and the champion’s fitness was obvious as he unloaded frequent and well timed assaults with precision and accuracy.
The seventh and final round told the story. Ricky took Laryea’s jab, his best weapon, out of the fight by landing his own and then he began to inflict real damage. This reporter’s notes read; “Laryea wilting” before the bell rang to end the session which was punctuated by two big hooks upstairs. In his own corner the challenger looked extremely dispirited.
In the dressing room Ricky had his own view on Laryea’s exit; “A couple of rounds before he got stopped you could see him looking out of the ring - he just didn’t want to be there. I think hurting his hand was an excuse to get out and I’m happy with how things went.” The champion was in fine spirits after a clean and professional performance.
In regards to his future plans Ricky flashed an excited smile; “I would love to fight for that Ring Magazine belt or the Rocky belt as I call it. Mzonke Fana is number one and I’m number two (in the Ring Magazine rankings). It’s nothing personal and I’m sure he would like the chance to unify the division.”
Ricky continued; “I would love that belt wrapped around my waist. Fana’s camp have said that all Frank Warren has to do is get in touch with them, so fingers crossed they can pull it off. Airdrie Stadium would be ideal and it’s only five minutes from my house - we could get that packed out with 14,000 fans no problem.” Such a fight would be great for the sport, historical for Scottish boxing and Ricky Burns is more than ready for a new challenge.
The Coatbridge star improves to 31-2 (8 KO’s) while Joseph Laryea falls to 14-5 (11 KO’s).
March 23, 2011