Ricky Burns surprised Jose Gonzalez quit during their epic fight

Last Updated: 17/05/13 9:51am

Ricky Burns: fought back to beat Jose Gonzalez.

WBO lightweight world champion Ricky Burns says he survived a huge scare against Jose Gonzalez last weekend thanks to the hard work he did prior to the fight and the support of the Glasgow crowd.

The Scot was on the back foot for much of the bout against a technically accomplished opponent but survived a brutal seventh round and then began to take charge.

Gonzalez was still well ahead on the judges' scorecards after nine rounds but quit on his stool with a broken hand and Burns somehow retained his title.

Burns told Ringside: "We didn't really know much about him and he was a lot more technically strong than we thought he was going to be.

"We expected him to be a brawler but he was the total opposite. On the back foot, cute little counters, trying to draw the lead and make me pay.

"Me diving in and trying to force the fight didn't make it any better. I like to go out and try to force it if I feel it's a boring fight, and that was a big mistake.

"But we're out again in September so I can put that right."

Fire

Asked how he managed to prevail in the end, Burns added: "We always train for a hard 12 rounds. I always say I can get in a brawl for 12 rounds, if need be.

"At first I was getting caught with a lot of shots I don't normally get hit with but, when I came back at him at the end of the seventh round, I could hear him breathing and he was starting to tire."

Ricky Burns

"At first I was getting caught with a lot of shots I don't normally get hit with but, when I came back at him at the end of the seventh round, I could hear him breathing and he was starting to tire.

"In the eighth and the ninth his work rate dropped dramatically and I could hear arguing in the corner."

But Burns says he was surprised that Gonzalez stopped when he did.

"I saw him spitting his gum shield out but, if it was me, I'd have fought on with a broken hand," said Burns. "You go out on your shield, you don't retire sitting down."

Asked if he noticed Gonzalez suffer the injury, Burns added: "Not at all. If you watch the seventh round, he was definitely letting some shots go. I was hurting in the seventh round but I refused to give in.

"I tried to fire back and, when I did fire back, that Glasgow crowd lifted me. The place erupted and I'm grateful to them, they got me through that."