By Danny Winterbottom. Ricky Burns retained his WBO world lightweight title in bizarre circumstances when challenger Jose A Gonzalez complained of a broken wrist and quit on his stool at the start of round 10 inside the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
The ending came after Gonzalez, previously unbeaten in 22 fights with 17 stoppages, bossed a large portion of the fight as he continually picked off the champion with his long arms and looked composed throughout the early going.
Burns grew more and more frustrated as his championship reign looked to be coming to an unforseen end as he lunged with his punches in the hope of getting a foothold in the fight
Round seven proved to be the fight changing session for Burns although it didn’t start like it as Gonzalez hurt the champion with a right hook and blazed into him with both hands. Burns covered up and fired back but looked on the verge of being stopped as Gonzalez whipped heavy hooks around his guard as they punched each other to a standstill.
Somehow Burns remained upright and Gonzalez paid the price for not finishing the job as he punched himself out and seemingly lost heart in the face of Burns’ incredible bravery.
However Burns was behind by three rounds on all of the judges scorecards yet summoned the courage to force a tired Gonzalez back in round eight and an uppercut and a withering left to the body hurt the challenger.
As Burns prepared to leave his corner to begin round 10 Gonzalez was still seated and referee Russell Mora visted the Puerto Rican to investigate. A short exchange of words between referee and fighter and Mora waved his arms signalling the end of the contest, much to the delight of Burns and his promoter Eddie Hearn.