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Ricky Burns critical of own world title defence

Burns unhappy despite points win

Ricky Burns was disappointed in his own performance despite successfully defending his WBO super-featherweight title against Andreas Evensen.

The 27-year-old Scot was given a unanimous points decision at Braehead Arena in Glasgow on Saturday.

"To be honest, I wasn't 100 per cent in there," Burns told BBC Scotland.

"There was a wee spark missing in the fight, but I still won every round and that's the main thing and I am still world champion."

Burns says he had been warned by his trainer that the Colombian-born Norwegian opponent would be an awkward opponent for his first title defence.

"He was always looking for those big right hands," said the Coatbridge boxer.

I've heard I will hopefully be out again sometime in March

Ricky Burns

"He came forward for the full 12 rounds. I have a lot of respect for him.

"He said beforehand that he would do his talking in the ring and put on a good fight and that he did."

Burns was at a loss to explain his lack of sharpness but was pleased to have overcome that as well as his opponent.

"It was just something within myself," he said. "Although it was coming together sometimes, at others it wasn't.

"I was getting quite frustrated with myself as well during the fight. At one point, I was sitting in the corner and I was sitting saying 'sorry man, it is just not happening for me'.

"They told me to calm down and stick to my boxing.

"Sometimes that happens in a fight and that's when you have to grind it out and I proved I can do it."

Burns expects to make another defence in March and, meantime, will return to his part-time job in a local sports shop.

"I've heard I will hopefully be out again sometime in March, so I will have a couple of weeks off," he said

"I am always willing to fight anybody. I will just leave the fights up to my manager and promoters.

"I will be back in work next Saturday. Nothing has changed for me. Boxing is my job and that's the way I am going to keep it."

see also
Critical Burns soothed by victory
05 Dec 10 |  Boxing
Dominant Burns retains WBO title
04 Dec 10 |  Boxing
Quiet man is ready to rumble
03 Dec 10 |  Boxing
Waeroey shapes Evensen challenge
10 Nov 10 |  Scotland
Evensen banks on surprise element
28 Oct 10 |  Boxing
Burns to face Evensen in defence
07 Oct 10 |  Boxing
Incomparable drama on Burns night
05 Sep 10 |  Boxing
Burns wrests title from Martinez
04 Sep 10 |  Boxing

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