In the wake of his successful title defence against Raymundo Beltran, Ricky Burns has been hit with news of an altogether more harrowing nature.
Speaking to Sky Sports News after the fight, Burns’ promoter Eddie Hearn revealed the WBO lightweight champion required surgery on Saturday because his jaw was broken during the fight meant that. Hearn stated that a titanium plate had to be inserted:
The doctor confirmed he had a clean break in his jaw and was in some pain.
Now it's a waiting game. It will be uncomfortable but he's in good hands and we are hoping it will be successful so he can resume his career. I didn't realise the severity of the injury. Beltran told me he could hear Ricky squealing every time they went in for a clinch.