Last night in Glasgow WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns defended his title against his Mexican challenger Raymundo Beltran with a draw. But really we know he didn’t.
If you watched the fight by the final bell you were no doubt full of admiration for the heart and toughness of Burns. He picked himself up off the canvas in the 8th round following a thunderous left-hook. It turns out that shot dislocated the champion’s jaw [edit: the damage may have been done as early as the second round]. He battled on through the 9th and 10th rounds as Beltran poured forward looking for the finish.
Burns proved tough enough to withstand the barrage but to everyone watching Beltran clearly won the fight. Except for two judges sitting ringside. Somehow the fight was scored 115-112 to Burns, 115-113 to Beltran and 114-114 and Burns made his 4th title defence. Technically. A home town decision if ever there was one.
Love Ricky Burns as I do, that is one of the filthiest, ugliest home town decisions ever and makes me embarrassed for the sport.
— Irvine Welsh (@WelshIrvine) September 7, 2013
Bad judging in boxing, especially in such an entertaining world title fight, is always a bummer. And if you’d had a bet on Beltran you would have been pulling your hair out. Unless you placed that bet with Paddy Power because we are paying on Beltran as a winner.
If you had a bet on Beltran to win and to win on points or decision, whether it was pre-fight or live betting during the fight, your bet has been paid out as a winner.
Beltran should have been awarded the belt and you should have won your bets. That’s why we’re paying up. Now let’s hope he gets the rematch he deserves.
Never been a draw that. As much as I love Ricky Burns, Beltran won that easy. Crowds reaction says it all. #shambles
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) September 7, 2013