Despite coming into the encounter as a heavy favourite, Ricky Burns gave another uncertain performance on Saturday night.
Some thought that Raymundo Beltran would offer Burns a route back into some confidence following a very lucky win against Jose Gonzalez back in May.
In that fight, Gonzalez was forced to retire in the ninth round with what later turned out to be a broken wrist, despite the fact that he was dominating on the cards up until that point.
This weekend was just another example of Burns catching a break. The judges called the matchup a draw, even though it was clear the Mexican visitor deserved the win.
Twitter reacted to the decision in kind, too:
Burns heroic with busted jaw but Beltran scandalously robbed by draw judges. Mexican won 117-113 only card. Boxing has to stop this nonsense— Jeff Powell (@jeffpowell_Mail) September 7, 2013
Beltran robbed. Powerful interview. Feel for the guy. Judges? Been dodgy for a hundred years— Tom English (@TomEnglishSport) September 7, 2013
Having fought in Glasgow four times in a row now, the WBO lightweight champion is perhaps privileged to have kept hold of his title for as long as he has.
Never been a draw that. As much as I love Ricky Burns, Beltran won that easy. Crowds reaction says it all. #shambles— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) September 7, 2013
In November, it will be two years since Burns first won the championship.
However, the 30-year-old didn’t give the impression of a deserved victor at times, boxing with an immature stance and opening up for his opponent early.
Beltran was almost the opposite. He was conservative and efficient in the way he went about his business, reserving his energy for when it mattered.
The quiet that rang around the venue pointed to a sense of relief for the home fighter, if anything.
ESPN's Dan Rafael discussed the result on talkSPORT, with the controversial issue of home advantage being the main topic on show:
One impressive aspect of Burns’ fight was that he managed to hold on despite dislocating his jaw as a result of his opponent’s left hook. However, that is the nature of the beast in a sport where fighters aren’t dissuaded from doing so from their corner.
You can listen to my interview on Talk Sport in the UK from earlier tonight on the Burns-Beltran disgrace: http://t.co/ISf9ISPsC9— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) September 8, 2013
Beltran is deserving of any praise he gets from the matchup, and after knocking the Scotsman down on several occasions, he should be slightly bemused as to why he didn't walk away with a title on Saturday.
Does Beltran deserve another shot at the WBO title?
For the Mexican visitor, it’s a depressing result, to say the least. One may argue that the outcome may have been different were it in neutral territory, but the contender has some major positives to take away.