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Burns retains title against Gomez

Ricky Burns
Burns celebrates a second successful title defence

Ricky Burns retained his Commonwealth super-featherweight title against Michael Gomez after a seventh-round stoppage in Glasgow.

The 25-year-old Scot took his record to 26 wins from 28 fights with a dominant display against the Mancunian.

The defending champion took control early on only to be docked a point in the fifth round for holding.

However, Burns pinned Gomez against the ropes in the seventh and pounded him until the referee stopped the fight.

Gomez began his challenge by trying to work on the inside of Burns, who kept his distance before producing a flurry of punches in the second.

Burns landed an accurate left jab in the third but Gomez countered well in the next round.

The referee had earlier warned Burns about holding and penalised the Scot in the fifth following a further infringement.

But Burns recovered with a succession of clean hits on his opponent and, though Gomez improved in the sixth, a title defence was ensured 47 seconds into the seventh.

The crumpled Gomez was subjected to a series of hits on the ropes, leaving the referee with no option but to call a halt to proceedings.

"My pals were phoning me yesterday and today saying, 'What are we getting our money on?'," said Burns after the fight.

"I told them round seven or eight and that's what they all betted. At least this time I came up with the goods and never let them down."

Gomez confirmed the fight would be his last, saying: "Ricky Burns performed well.

"But taking nothing away from him, he just beat an old Michael Gomez.

"It was stupid taking this fight on but it's now definitely over."

see also
Burns claims Commonwealth crown
27 Sep 08 |  Boxing

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