By James Slater
Scotland’s Ricky Burns, who last night controversially retained his WBO lightweight crown with a hugely debatable draw against Mexican warrior Raymundo Beltran, has had a titanium plate inserted into his jaw, BBC Sport reports.
Burns’ jaw was damaged in the 2nd-round of what was a very good action fight and initially the diagnosis was that of a dislocated jaw. However, it has now been reported that the jaw was in fact broken, hence the need for the plate.
Promoter Eddie Hearn Tweeted the following:
“With Ricky in hospital – it’s not good – clean break to jaw from second round. Ricky is now in surgery to have a titanium plate in his jaw.
“Lot’s of Tweets about the decision, it’s difficult for me to score the fight with an emotional attachment. My gut feeling when I got in the ring was that Beltran had it after a close fight. I’m not sure how Ricky continued for 10 rounds with an injury like that and right now my concerns are for him and making sure he’s okay.”
Not too many promoters have the class and the sheer honesty to admit that their fighter lost a fight and Hearn should be commended for writing the statement he made. Still, this will come as no real consolation to Beltran, a man who feels he was robbed. Only a rematch will satisfy Beltran and a large number of fight fans. However, Burns’ injury is likely to keep him out of action for some time.
(Hearn has updated: saying Ricky is out of surgery and is sitting up in bed)