Ringside Round-Up: Burns and Frampton triumph
The ‘Battle of Britain’ certainly lived up to the hype on Saturday night as Scottish World Champion Ricky Burns gave us a master class against a brave Kevin Mitchell.
The clever money was on a tactical 12-rounder with Burns edging it, unless the ‘big puncher’ Mitchell was to land and get the knockout. However burns clearly hadn’t read the script landing a devastating left hook onto the chin of the Londoner in the fourth round before following up with a vicious barrage to end the fight in fantastic style.
Meanwhile on the undercard Scott Harrison took another important step on the comeback trail with a sixth round victory over Joe Elfidh. He was quick to suggest a match against fellow Scott Burns. We’ll have to wait and see if there will soon be an all-Scottish world title bout.
Across the Irish Sea, another Great British prospect Carl Frampton was in tremendous form as he destroyed two-time world champion Steve Molitor. Frampton’s footwork and sheer volume of punches just overwhelmed Molitor and soon had him on the canvas in the third. By the sixth the Canadian had no answer to the ruthless and relentless assault and the bout was over when he was cut down with 40 second remaining.
Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan was understandably proud of his charge.
‘I think he’s equally as good as me at the same stage of my career and I say that because we’re only at the run-in to big title fights. For single punch power he hits harder than me.
‘I could fight coming forward but not going back and he can do both,’ said McGuigan.
‘I think he’ll be ready for the world title after another two fights. Nobody else has done that to Steve Molitor.’