Burns beaten in Glasgow
Ricky Burns failed to recover from a first minute knockdown as he fell on points to Dejan Zlaticanin in their battle for the WBC International lightweight title in Glasgow.
Burns finished the fight at Braehead Arena strongly, but his good late work was not enough to secure victory on the cards as he went down 115-113, 113-115, 115-113 in a split decision in favour of the hard-hitting Montenegrin.
Zlaticanin, who became a father earlier in the day, started like a man possessed and caught Burns with a shot to the chin inside the first 20 seconds, a partisan home crowd stunned into silence.
The knockdown seemed to affect Burns over the first half of the fight, with the southpaw continuing to sit back and pick him off with big punches, some of the haymaker variety but stil proving effective.
Burns, beaten by Terrence Crawford in his last fight in March, began to fight back during the middle rounds and started to make back some of the losses he had clearly suffered earlier on.
And that pattern continued until the end, with Burns pressing Zlaticanin back and his opponent waiting for rare chances to throw another long, looping left hand.
But the rally proved to be too late with the Montenegrin and American judges giving Zlaticanin the nod, making it three fights without a win for the 31-year-old whose future in the sport may now come into question.
Victory could lead to a world title shot for Zlaticanin, who extended his unbeaten career record to 18-0.