GLASGOW - Scotland's Ricky Burns climbed off the canvas to controversially hold onto his WBO lightweight title with a draw with tough Mexican Raymundo Beltran in Glasgow on Saturday.
Burns kept his crown after one judge awarded him the win by a score of 115-112, with another plumping for Beltran by 115-113 with the third seeing it as a draw 114-114.
But even the partisan home crowd could scarcely seem to believe the result in a fight Beltran seemed to dominate throughout.
Burns suffered a dislocated jaw in the second round, was almost decked in the fourth and was finally floored in eighth while Beltran never seemed in trouble.
The 30-year-old Scot was making the fourth defence of the title he first won at the end of 2011, beating Australian Michael Katsidis on points.
But he struggled with Beltran's power throughout and in the breaks between the latter rounds repeatedly complained about his jaw.
Beltran, a former sparring partner of Filipino great Manny Pacquiao, was in his first ever world title fight and had lost three of his previous nine bouts, but he dispelled any notion that he was the inexperienced campaigner at this level by dominating throughout.