Terence Crawford went into hostile territory on Saturday night, emerging from Glasgow, Scotland, with a unanimous-decision victory over Ricky Burns and the WBO Lightweight Championship.
Crawford (23-0, 16 KO) used an awkward style, fast hands and punishing combinations to force Burns on the defensive for most of the night, completely blunting his offense and breaking him down for an easy decision win.
Scores were 116-112, 116-112 and 117-111 for the American fighter, who with the win, became the first Nebraska-born boxing world champion.
Bleacher Report scored the contest 117-111 for Crawford.
Burns (36-3-1, 11 KO) started out the fight well with Crawford in the southpaw stance. The Nebraskan was back on his heels for the first three rounds, wary of letting his hands go and allowing the champion to seize the initiative.
Beginning in the fourth round, Crawford's speed began to prove the decisive factor in the fight. He was frequently able to back Burns into the ropes and let his hands go, paying huge dividends.
Burns clammed up whenever the American went on the attack—perhaps wary of his jaw after breaking it in his last fight—and seldom had any moments of offensive success.
It was the third straight challenger to give him trouble in his native Scotland, but this time, he wasn't able to pull the proverbial rabbit from his hat.