In what amounts to be the robbery of the century, WBO Lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO’s) was awarded a 12 round draw against Raymundo Beltran (28-6-1, 17 KO’s) at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. The judges scored were 115-112 for Burns, 115-113 for Beltran and 114-114 even.
It was a total robbery for sure, as Beltran clearly deserved the win. Burns held all night long, and the referee didn’t life a finger to stop it. Why the referee allowed Burns to get away with nonstop holding in every of the fight is the big question.
I don’t know how on earth a judge could actually give Burns the victory in this fight of even a draw, yet that’s exactly what happened. I had a feeling this was going to happen, and I know it was going to make Burns look bad as heck. Getting a gift draw only makes Burns looks bad, especially given all the holding that he was allowed to get away with.
A very upset Beltran said after the fight: “The referee was horrible. He [Burns] was holding too much. He wasn’t even giving him a warning. It’s bulls***! That belt is mine. I’m the champion. I want to fight him in America. If he’s a true champion he’ll fight me in America. Let’s do the fight in America. I’ve been getting robbed every time left and right. They don’t care. They protect their investment.”
Other boxing action on the card:
Stephen Simmons UD 10 David Graf
Scott Cardle pts 8 Gary Fox
Callum Smith KO 1 Kirill Psonko