Feel the Burns: Rampant Ricky blasts through Mitchell to win 'Battle of Britain' and retain world belt
23:23 GMT, 22 September 2012
Burns stunned Kevin Mitchell in front
of a raucous crowd in Glasgow to retain his world lightweight title in
The Scot, defending his WBO belt for
the second time, took the fight to his opponent from the first bell and
never relented in a staggering display.
Mitchell was floored twice in the
fourth round before yet another unanswered flurry of punches forced the
referee to call a halt to the bout.
Impressive: Ricky Burns aims a punch at Kevin Mitchell during his convincing victory
Billed as a 'Battle of Britain', Burns turned the fight into a procession, beating the Englishman to the punch time and time again before pinning him to the ropes and unloading.
Controlling the fight with his jab and always looking to land the right to head and body, Burns edged the opening exchanges of the first round.
Mitchell looked to respond where he could but the bout burst into life when the pair went toe-to-toe with neither giving an inch.
Down and out: Ricky Burns knocks Kevin Mitchell down
The home favourite continued to dominate in the second stanza as the pace of the bout refused to relent.
Mitchell served the champion with some timely reminders of his punching power but it was he who was taking some hefty punishment.
Mitchell showed he was not fazed by the Scot's flying start in the third round when, pinned to the ropes, he beat his own chest in a mocking show of defiance.
Punishing: Ricky Burns goes on the attack
But if that was an indication that he was forcing his way into the contest, the sizeable English contingent in the crowd were silenced minutes later.
Burns' pressure fighting paid off as he floored Mitchell twice in quick succession and although he rose on both occassions, Burns' victory was inevitable and 10,000 fans rose as one to salute their hero.
Burns is set to defend his title again in December with countryman Scott Harrison a possible opponent.