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Crawford Takes Burns Title

Up in Glasgow last night Terence Crawford ended Ricky Burns reign as the WBO world lightweight champion with a convincing points win.

The American, who arrived with a 22-0 record with 16 by way of knockout, might have started slowly but soon showed what a classy operative he is beating Burns to the punch time and time again.

Although last time out many thought, against Raymundo Beltran, Burns had got the benefit of the decision there was no arguing from the former champs corner at the verdict with Crawford taking the fight by scores of:-

• 116-112

117-111

116-112

After the enthralling encounter, Burns admitted Crawford deserved the victory, remarking to the media,

'The better man won.'

'There are some big fights out there for me but my first choice would be a rematch.'


The defeat was Burns third in forty fights, might get a re-match although as and when remains debatable.

Continuing to talk to the media, Burns praised the marvellous support his home crowd gave him with the noise being, at times, deafening as they urged their hero on,

'We knew it was going to be difficult. I knew how good he was. “

'I'd like to keep fighting at world level. I think I proved tonight that I definitely do belong there.”



I'm definitely going to stay at lightweight. I made the weight comfortably.'

'Fighting in Scotland, especially with the fans I've got, it's always a great night.”



Those fans are unbelievable.”



It would be hard to fight anywhere else but a boxing ring is a boxing ring.'


However, if Burns is to get a re-match, courtesy of Crawford, you’d have to ask whether the American would be prepared to come to Glasgow again or whether he’d make Burns cross the Atlantic.

Something to ponder over perhaps!


The Journalist

Writer: Kid Glove Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 2 2014

Time: 11:10AM

 

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