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Ricky Burns successfully defended his WBO super-featherweight title against challenger Joseph Laryea last night, after the Ghanaian was forced to retire at the end of the seventh round.

Despite some difficult moments early on, Burns seemed to be ahead and was really starting to impose his will on the gangly challenger when Laryea pulled out with a broken knuckle.

Burns vs Laryea weigh-in video

WBO super-featherweight champion Ricky Burns and challenger Joseph Laryea both comfortably made weight for their showdown at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow later tonight.

Burns came in at 129.8lbs and Laryea at 128.4lbs for the 130-pounder contest. Ghanaian Laryea then failed in another attempt to rile the champion when he made a throat-slitting gesture as the pair came together for the face-off.

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Ricky Burns' manager speaks out

Ricky Burns' manager Alex Morrison has released a strongly worded statement distancing himself from comments made by Billy Nelson, the WBO super-featherweight champion's trainer. Nelson reportedly said that Burns was only two fights away from being Scotland's' greatest ever fighter.

With Ricky Burns making his second defence of his title against Joseph Laryea of Ghana at the Braehead Arena tomorrow, it seems strange timing for the spat to arise.

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DeGale vs Groves on for April 9

 The long awaited domestic dust-up between bitter rivals James DeGale and George Groves has been confirmed by the BBBofC for April 9 at London Olympia.

The British super-middleweight grudge match was rubberstamped today in a circular released by the organisation penciling the title contest into its schedule.

Boxing on the box

Busy schedule of boxing this weekend so here’s a little guide of what’s on where…

Ricky Burns vs Joseph Laryea
James DeGale
Saturday 12 March, 8pm, Sky Sports HD1

Laryea puts vodoo curse on Burns

Ghanaian super-featherweight Joseph Laryea claims he has put a voodoo curse on WBO titleholder Ricky Burns ahead of their March 12 clash at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow.

Having disposed of highly-rated Paul Appleby on his last visit to Scotland, Layrea has been very vocal since getting his title shot and took the pre-match jibes to a whole new level with his latest stunt.