The Scottish three-weight world champion lost a landslide victory at the SSE Hydro as he was outclassed by the Namibian
RICKY BURNS bravely failed in his attempt to unify the super-lightweight division as he lost a unanimous decision to Julius Indongo.
The 34-year-old lost on all cards, with the judges scoring the contest 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112 as the unbeaten Indongo became the new IBF, WBA and IBO champion.
The opening rounds were a cagey affair, with Indongo proving he’s not just a heavy puncher, but can also mix his attack as he was constantly targeting the body from the first bell.
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Indongo began to assert his dominance from round four, putting the Scottish three-weight world champion on the back-foot with his high tempo.
Burns struggled to deal with the Namibian’s left-hand, as the 34-year-old was constantly mixing up his punch variation, marking the Brit’s face early on.
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Burns, who has never been stopped, bravely attempted to meet Indongo in the centre of the ring, as the realisation set in that he needed a knockout to secure the victory.
The work-rate of the African was exemplary, dazzling the fans in Scotland with his slick skills and proving that he truly is the ‘Blue Machine’ as he improved his record to 22 wins out of 22 fights.
His victory has opened the door for him to fight the likes of Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol after his fantastic win.
Burns suffered his sixth defeat in a 48-fight career, but he has vowed to come back again.
Elsewhere on the night, rising cruiserweight prospect Lawrence Okolie racked up his second win in the professional ranks with another early stoppage.
The 2016 Olympic star knocked out Lukasz Rusiewicz inside the opening round – the Polish fighter David Allen beat back in February.
Scott Cardle meanwhile – looking to win the Lonsdale Belt outright, suffered a shock defeat to Robbie Barrett, despite knocking him down twice in the fight.
The Yorkshire man is the new British lightweight champion having won on points, with two of the judges scoring in favour of the challenger, while the other scored it as a draw.
Charlie Edwards looks to be over his failed world title bid as he outboxed Iain Butcher to win the vacant British super-flyweight belt.
The scorecards showed a landslide victory for the 24-year-old as he worked his jab flawlessly throughout the 12 rounds to win his first major championship.
Josh Kelly – an Olympian of the 2016 games won his first fight since turning pro, beating Jay Byrne easily over six rounds.