Ricky Burns defeats Andreas Evensen to retain WBO crown
Burns unhappy despite points win
Scotland's Ricky Burns retained his WBO super-featherweight title with a unanimous points decision over Andreas Evensen at Braehead Arena in Glasgow.
Burns, 27, had Evensen on the canvas in the first round but the Colombia-born Norwegian recovered quickly and kept up a busy work-rate throughout.
Burns, however, connected more often with better quality punches.
And the judges' cards reflected his superiority, scoring 119-108, 119-108 and 118-109 in his favour.
Afterwards, Coatbridge fighter Burns, who had claimed the crown from Roman Martinez in September, admitted he was not wholly satisfied with his first defence, saying: "I know I didn't look too impressive, but a win's a win.
"Something never clicked in there, I don't know what it was."
Burns had certainly clicked into gear when he floored Evensen with a sequence of vicious shots to the head after only 10 seconds of the first bell.
But after taking a standing count, WBO intercontinental featherweight champion Evensen rarely took a backward step over the next four rounds.
Burns was making his significant height advantage tell, however, and he wobbled Evensen with a right hand and left-hook combination in the fifth.
Evensen's spirit could not be broken and he survived more Burns onslaughts during rounds eight and nine.
Burns continued to land the more impressive blows but the knockout never came, and an appreciative Glasgow crowd applauded both boxers on the final bell before cheering the verdict.
On the undercard, Paul Appleby lost the chance to face Burns in a Scottish "super fight" next year when he lost on a split decision to Ghana's Joseph Laryea in their vacant WBO intercontinental super-featherweight title fight.
Earlier, former WBO super featherweight champion Alex Arthur beat late replacement Jay Morris on points, while Commonwealth Games gold medallist Callum Johnson began his professional career as a light-heavyweight with second-round stoppage of Belfast's Phillip Townley.
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