By Andrew McCart (@Andy_FCBoxing)
Ricky Burns missed out on making Scottish boxing history again last night as he lost a wide unanimous decision to Julius Indongo in front of 8000 fans at the SSE Hydro.
Burns was looking to become Scotland’s first unified world champion, but came up short against the awkward style of Namibia’s Indongo.
It was clear from the first round that it was going to be a tough night for the 34-year old Scot as Indongo used his long one-twos to push Burns on the back foot and although Indongo was throwing a lot of shots a vast majority of them were missing by some distance.
In the first three rounds The 34-year old Namibian was up 3-0 as Burns seemed reluctant to throw some shots of his own and when he did he was well out of range. By the end of the fourth Burns had yet to win a round and was struggling to put a game plan together.
It was in the seventh that Burns had his best round. The Scot had his opponent up against the ropes, but again was unable to land a significant shot to deter the tough Indongo. But, it was normal service in the eighth as Indongo went back to throwing his long one-twos.
In to the championship rounds and Burns just didn’t have an answer to get the stoppage he so desperately needed. The three judges were not in any doubt, scoring the fight 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112 all in favour of Indongo.
Burns added. “The better man won, no excuses. He was so awkward, he was a lot better than we thought he was going to be. He can hit as well.”
Many people within the sport of boxing will be writing Burns off, but the Likeable Scot has said he will be back and that he is not finished yet. As for Indongo, well big paydays lie ahead.by