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Ricky Burns withstood a suspected broken jaw and being knocked down by Mexican challenger Raymundo Beltran to keep his WBO lightweight title after a controversial draw on Saturday.
Burns never looked like he was winning his fourth defense of the lightly regarded title, and even he and his hometown fans were surprised when the result was announced. One judge gave it to Burns 115-112, another ruled Beltran won by 115-113, and the last scored it 114-114.
The more aggressive Beltran appeared to dislocate Burns' jaw in the second round and floored the Scot with a left hook in the eighth.
The first draw in the pro career of each fighter left their records at 36-2-1 for Burns, and 28-6-1 for Beltran.
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Scottish boxer Ricky Burns has undergone surgery after breaking his jaw in the controversial draw with Mexican challenger Raymundo Beltran in a WBO lightweight title fight.
Burns confirmed his injury on Twitter, with his promoter Eddie Hearn adding Sunday on the social networking site that ''Ricky is now in surgery to have a titanium plate in his jaw.''
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Ricky Burns was fortunate to keep his WBO Lightweight championship with a twelve round split draw with Raymundo Beltran at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. Burns controlled the first round and a he as he jabbed and worked the body. Beltran started landing some hard shots with the left hook and began to find his rhythm in round's two and three. In round four...