Top Takeaways from Ricky Burns vs. Dejan Zlaticanin

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Top Takeaways from Ricky Burns vs. Dejan Zlaticanin
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Friday night proved disastrous for former two-weight world champion Ricky Burns, who dropped a split decision to little-known but unbeaten Montenegro lightweight Dejan Zlaticanin.

Burns was dropped hard from a wild left hook in Round 1 within the first minute of the action and did well to get up and regroup having been caught cold.

Even so, the Scot lost more of the early rounds, and although he rallied a bit and won his share of the later rounds, he could not recover enough to overturn the deficit.

The scores were all 115-113 with Zlaticanin getting the nod from the neutral U.S. judge, Gerald Ritter, and Montenegro's Predrag Aleksic and Burns up on the third card belonging to England's John Keane.

There were several fairly even rounds with Burns looking the better fighter in the centre of the ring, but too often he allowed himself to be backed up on the ropes where he covered up and took shots.

Overall, Zlaticanin landed the more eye-catching punches, and whilst you could argue for a draw, the overseas fighter did enough to deserve the victory.

Here are the top takeaways from Burns-Zlaticanin.

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