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World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2, 11 KOs) retained his title with a gutsy ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten #1 rated Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Gonzalez, from Puerto Rico, dictated the pace of the fight as he dominated Burns for the first six rounds. After being badly outboxed, the desperate champion came out in round seven and traded shots with Gonzalez in some fierce action that seemed to take all the fight out of the challenger. Burns continued to come on in rounds eight and nine and the badly faded Gonzalez quit on his stool citing an injured wrist between rounds nine and ten. At the time of the stoppage Gonzalez had a three point lead on all three cards.
Super featherweight John Simpson (25-9, 11 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over 41-year-old Choi Tseveenpurev (34-7, 24 KOs). Scores: 116-112, 117-112, 116-113.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Stephen Simmons (8-0, 4 KOs) battered Michael Sweeney (12-3-1, 6 KOs) for three rounds and Sweeney’s corner kept him on his stool at the beginning of round four. Simmons win the Celtic title.
Unbeaten light heavyweight “Rocky from Stocky” Fielding (14-0, 8 KOs) needed just 59 seconds to demolish Michal Nieroda (11-4, 6 KOs).
A battle of super middleweights still looking for their first KO predictably went the distance as David Brophy (7-0, 0 KOs) edged Gary Boulden (7-8, 0 KOs) over six by a score of 58-57.
Lightweight Michael Roberts (12-0, 1 KO) jabbed his way to a dull six round nod over Mariusz Bak (2-4, 0 KOs) by a score of 58-57.