Indongo hands Burns defeat

Ricky Burns suffered defeat in his attempt to unify the super-lightweight division on Saturday after losing a unanimous decision to Julius Indongo in Glasgow.

The 34-year-old Scot lost after judges scored the contest 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112 in favour of the unbeaten Indongo, who became the new IBF, WBA and IBO champion.

The opening rounds saw Namibian Indongo start strongly, constantly targeting the body of Burns from the first bell as the home favourite made his traditional slow start.

Burns began to up his work rate, but the Namibian was constantly putting the Scottish three-weight world champion on the back-foot.

The Scot was struggling with the Namibian’s left, as the 34-year-old mixed up his punches, and tried to play catch up in the final three rounds, but couldn’t nail down his larger opponent as Indongo used his height and reach advantage to good effect.

"The better man won on the night, no excuses," said Burns after the fight.

"He was so so awkward. He was a lot better than we thought he was going to be. He can hit as well,” he added.

His opponent was overwhelmed, "I feel very proud. My home crowd are watching. It's for the whole of Africa. This is so great.”