Ricky Burns keeps title with TKO

Updated: September 22, 2012, 7:03 PM ET
Associated Press

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Ricky Burns of Scotland stopped Kevin Mitchell of England in the fourth round to keep his minor WBO lightweight title a second time before a partisan crowd Saturday.

After Burns sent Mitchell to the canvas a second time, referee Terry O'Connor stepped in and handed Burns the TKO win, his 20th in a row.

Burns (35-2, 10 KOs) quickly took charge against Mitchell (33-2, 24 KOs), and really made his mark in the fourth when a left-right combination dropped Mitchell. The Englishman recovered, but a big right put him down again. Mitchell survived the count but not another flurry, when O'Connor decided to intervene.


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