Ricky Burns underlined his place in the upper echelons of the
lightweight decision with a ruthless fourth round stoppage of
British rival Kevin Mitchell.
The WBO champion dropped Mitchell twice before finishing things
with a barrage of blows in front of a vociferous Glasgow crowd.
It's a result which proves he can punch and will leave his
critics eating humble pie.
The fight never looked like being a long and drawn out affair as
both men looked to land jarring punches from the first bell.
In a tight opener, Burns set up a weighty right cross by solid
double jabbing, but Mitchell soon fired back with a similar punch
of his own.
It was in the second where Burns took charge of things. He
managed to get past Mitchell's jab and force him onto the ropes
before letting both fists go.
A similar attack a session later made the challenger bite down
on his gumshield and bang on his chest for more.
And in the last round, Burns duly obliged with a left hook that
connected on Mitchell's chin and sent the Dagenham man crashing
onto his back.
Bravely, Mitchell got back to his feet, but within seconds a
right hand from Burns dumped him onto the canvas once more.
Again he beat referee Terry O'Connor's count. However, Burns
turned the screw again and a two-fisted attack brought about the
third man's timely intervention.
Afterwards Burns said that he will be looking for a unification
contest next because it is his dream to win the Ring Magazine
In the meantime, he'll be going back to his job in a sports
store next weekend.