Burns retains title against Laryea

Ricky Burns of Scotland made a successful second defense of his WBO super-featherweight title against Joseph Laryea after the Ghanaian retired at the end of seven punishing rounds with a hand injury on Saturday.

Laryea appeared to signal to his corner that he was in pain at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena. After an exchange, the challenger (14-5) believed he had broken a knuckle in his right hand.

”A couple of rounds before it was stopped, you could see him looking out the ring, he just didn’t want to be there and I think hurting his hand was just a wee excuse to get him out of there,” Burns said. ”I had started picking up the pace for those two rounds and it got the job done.

”After every combination I threw he was looking away from me and I got the impression he didn’t want to be there so I think it was just a matter of time.”

Burns improved to 31-2 and positioned himself for a unification fight against IBF champion Mzonke Fana of South Africa.

”I was reading from his camp that they were saying all (promoter) Frank Warren has to do is get in touch with him, so fingers crossed he can get it pulled off,” Burns said. ”I’m sure he would love to unify that belt and so would I.”