Ricky Burns Destroys Kevin Mitchell in Four Rounds

By: Gordie Tamayo

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This past weekend September 22 in Glasgow, Scotland Frank Warren Promotions presented the highly anticipated lightweight clash between Englishman Kevin Mitchell (33-2-24 KO) and Scotsman Ricky Burns (35-2-10 KO), for Burns’ WBO championship belt.

The buildup to this fight lived up to every bit of the hype as both put their personal respect for eachother on hiatus to give fans a much expected war.

Each man came with intentions to make a statement and have been on the radar for some time, but it is Burns who has captured even more attention since overcoming Michael Katsidis (who demolished Mitchell) and has now garnered even more interest on the world stage after Saturday’s performance.

Mitchell had been on the comeback trail since his third round defeat to Katsidis, but history repeated itself as Burns got the better of a heated exchange from the opening round on to stop Mitchell 2:59 of round number four.

Credit to Mitchell for going to Burns’ own backyard as the underdog and pressing the action in round one. Burns was forced to let his hands go beginning in round two and spectators got a display of Burns’ hand speed and the grit of Mitchell. The crowd fed off the adrenaline from both fighters and it only got better.

As round four began, Burns turned on the heat with a vicious onslaught that Mitchell just could not keep up with. He landed a clean left hook to the body, dropping Mitchell with plenty of time left in the round. Mitchell made it to his feet and courageously battled back only to get dropped again by a series of overhand rights. He would beat the count but Burns applied the pressure to close the show and the referee had seen enough.

Burns is now looking to unify the division and is sitting in good position to take a trip stateside and challenging the likes of IBF Miguel Vasquez (31-3-13 KO) or WBC titlist Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1-20 KO), who most recently annihilated John Molina Jr. in 44 seconds of round one as the Ward-Dawson co-feature September 8.

Facing either Vasquez or DeMarco would be crowd pleasing but the one many are crossing fingers for is against former jr. lightweight titlist Adrien Broner (24-0-20). Broner is espected to face DeMarco for a possible November 17 date and should the “Can Man” succeed, the two could be matched up which the U.S. networks should drool over.

Stylistically, Broner-Burns would be a high paced chess match. Prediction: Broner’s defense and superior hand speed overwhelm Burns, leading to a late round TKO stoppage.