In a masterful performance, IBF World light welterweight champion Julius Indongo (22-1, 15 KOs) had a breakout performance in taking WBA light welterweight champion Ricky Burns (41-6-1, 14 KOs) to school in beating him by a commanding 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night to take his WBA title in a unification fight at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Burns was totally lost in taking a 12 round pounding in losing the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112. The scores were all over the place unfortunately, but that was to be expected given that the fight was staged in Burns’ hometown of Glasgow.
The reality is Burns fought well enough to deserve zero rounds. If you wanted to be kind to Burns, you could give him 1 rounds, and then, you’d be taking away from Indongo’s grand performance in doing so. Burns deserved to win zero rounds as far as I could tell, but that’s me. I don’t give rounds to fighters that are eating punches for 12 rounds.
Indongo was incredible tonight in smashing Burns with his left hands to the head. Burns couldn’t get close enough to land anything in the fight due to Indongo nailing him with punch after punch.
Burns tried to get something going with his offense in the second half of the ontenst, but he kept missing with his shots. About the only thing that Burns was any good at was initiating clinches and putting Indongo head locks. He also did a good job throwing rabbit punches in the clinch. Burns was masterful at that.
Indongo knocked Burns down in the 12th and didn’t get credit for it. The referee ruled it a slip. That was an embarrassingly bad call on the referee’s part. There were 2 other “slips” where Burns hit the deck after being hit by Indongo in the 11th and 12th. All total, Burns dodged 3 knockdowns that were ruled slips.