Scotland’s Ricky Burns and Puerto Rico’s Roman Martinez. (Photograph by Lynne Cameron/PA Photographs through Getty Photographs)
It was get together time in Scotland.
On Sept. 4, 2010, Ricky Burns upset the then-unbeaten Roman Martinez through 12-round unanimous determination to say the WBO junior light-weight title on the Kelvin Corridor in Glasgow. The official scores had been 115-112, 115-112 and 115-113.
Martinez had earned the repute of an genuine knockout puncher when he stopped England’s Nicky Cook dinner (TKO 4) in March 2009. The Puerto Rican energy puncher had made two defenses, profitable each fights by stoppage.
Burns was a former Commonwealth junior light-weight champion and an bettering pressure. Current wins over Michael Gomez and Kevin O’Hara had been effectively obtained and earned him obligatory standing. Nevertheless, many felt that the Scotsman’s deficiency in hitting energy (7 KOs in 28 wins) can be his undoing.
The oddsmakers made Martinez a stable 3-1 favourite and early on their opinions regarded justified. After boxing effectively for almost all of the opening spherical, Burns was dropped by a lead proper and the partisan crowd fell silent. The challenger wasn’t harm, however a message had been despatched.
Nevertheless, over the course of the struggle, Burns took command. His jab doubled and tripled into the face of the extra aggressive champion and he whipped in some terrific hooks to the physique and an correct proper uppercut. Martinez by no means stopped attempting however he was outmaneuvered and outboxed for the overwhelming majority of the struggle.
Burns turned Scotland’s 12th world champion and would make three defenses. He would take pleasure in additional glory in his profession, claiming world titles at 135 and 140 kilos.