Nov 9 2011 By Colin Paterson
RICKY BURNS won the WBO interim lightweight title in London on Saturday night.
The 28-year-old became Scotland’s second two-time world champion following a unanimous points victory over Aussie Michael Katsidis at the Wembley Arena.
Fighting for the first time as a lightweight, Burns looked in confident mood as he stepped through the ropes for another date with destiny.
And his persona was reflected in his boxing as he took control in the early rounds, using his jab to good effect.
In the third, Katsidis was rocked when he received a straight left-hand to the face after being softened up by his conscientious opponent.
However, the Aussie warrior responded in the fifth with some sustained punching which forced Burns into disciplined spells of defence.
The sixth went to Burns but Katsidis fought back with some impressive punching blitzes which allowed him to dominate rounds seven and eight.
Burns got the jab working again to take the ninth; Katsidis upped his work-rate in the tenth and landed with a solid left-hand and a lovely left hook, moments later.
A great right hand from Burns stopped Katsidis in his tracks and ensured the 11th went to the man from Coatbridge who stayed upright as he withstood an Aussie onslaught in the last round.
A delighted Burns said: "I just can’t believe it. Everybody doubted me going into this fight; everybody had Michael walking all over me.
"I've always said that when I know I'm up against it, that's when I'll be at my best. I have proved a lot of people wrong.
"I want to thank my team who have believed in me all the time. I've always said that the better the guy in front of me, the better I'm going to be. I'm over the moon."