Burns beats Katsidis for lightweight belt
Scotland’s Ricky Burns won a unanimous points victory over Australian Michael Katsidis to secure the interim WBO lightweight title at Wembley Arena.
Burns overcame a lethargic performance from Katsidis to win the fight 117-112, 117-111 and 117-111.
“After the first round tonight, I just didn’t have it,” said Katsidis, who suffered a perforated eardrum during the fight.
“On the night I was very tired after the first, I felt like I had fought for eight rounds,” added the Australian, who has now lost three of his past four fights.
Burns must now wait until next weekend when Juan Manuel Marquez takes on Manny Pacquiao at welterweight to see if he will hold the full version of the title. If Marquez can produce a shock upset, he will relinquish his lightweight title. However if, as expected, Pacquiao wins, Burns will have to fight the Mexican Marquez to settle the title.
Also at Wembley Arena, unbeaten George Groves retained his British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles with a second round stoppage over Paul Smith.
The 23-year-old from Hammersmith, fighting for the first time since beating James DeGale in May, brutally stopped Smith just a minute and 18 seconds into round two.
Groves, 13-0 (10 KOs) heading into the fight, launched a blistering attack after a tentative opening round and floored Smith with a right hook.
Smith managed to beat referee Victor Loughlin’s count but was caught on the temple almost immediately, with Loughlin dispensing of the count and declaring the fight over.
Montreal boxer Lucian Bute defended his IBF super-middleweight title with a unanimous points decision over Glen Johnson in Quebec City.
The 31-year-old won all 12 rounds on two of the judges’ cards while the third had him winning 11 of the rounds.
Bute, born in Romania, remains unbeaten in 30 bouts while the 42-year-old Johnson’s record slips to 51-16, including four loss in his last six fights.
Elsewhere, Guillermo Jones scored a knockout win over Mike Marrone at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood to defend his WBA cruiserweight belt.
“Marrone tried to do some things, but when I saw he didn’t want to have much to do with me, I started boxing him,” said Jones.
“I wanted to use my jab and show that I still have great boxing skills. I thanked Marrone for making me fight him the way I did.
“I would like to fight a Klitschko. They’re fighting blown up cruiserweights but I can fight at heavyweight. I’m a figher. I have always come to fight and I always will.
“The tiger is hungry. He needs more meat.”