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Ricky Burns Record

Total Fights54
Title Wins2
Title Defenses8
Title-Fight KOs5
KO Wins17
KO Losses0
Ricky Burns Record & Stats
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      What is Ricky Burns' boxing record?

      21 years and 10 months into his professional boxing career, Ricky Burns has fought 54 times with 45 wins, 8 losses, and 1 draw.

      Burns' boxing record is currently 45-8-1, which includes one world-championship elevation, two world-title wins, and eight successful title defense fights at three weight classes — super-featherweight, lightweight, and super-lightweight. He has a 31.5% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 17 of his total 54 fights being knockout wins, five of which were in title fights. Burns has never lost via knockout.

      His last fight was a 8th round TKO victory over Willie Limond on September 1, 2023.

      Some of Burns' best fights and notable victories include wins over Hall-of-Famer Billy Smith, Kevin Mitchell, Román Martínez, Nicky Cook, Jose Gonzalez, Kiryl Relikh, Michael Katsidis, and Scott Cardle.

      54Sep 1, 202340Willie LimondWinTKO8
      53Dec 18, 202138Emiliano DominguezWinUD
      52Oct 26, 201936Lee SelbyLossMD
      51Nov 10, 201835Scott CardleWinTKO3
      50Jun 16, 201835Ivan NjegacWinRTD4
      49Oct 7, 201734Anthony CrollaLossUD
      48Apr 15, 201734Julius IndongoLoss *UD
      47Oct 7, 201633Kiryl RelikhWin *UD
      46May 28, 201633Michele di RoccoWin *TKO8
      45Nov 7, 201532Josh KingWinKO11
      44Aug 1, 201532Prince OfotsuWinTKO5
      43May 9, 201532Omar Figueroa Jr.LossUD
      42Oct 4, 201431Alexandre LepelleyWinPTS
      41Jun 27, 201431Dejan ZlatičaninLossSD
      40Mar 1, 201430Terence CrawfordLoss *UD
      39Sep 7, 201330Ray BeltránDraw *SD
      38May 11, 201330Jose GonzalezWin *RTD9
      37Sep 22, 201229Kevin MitchellWin *TKO4
      36Mar 10, 201228Paulus MosesWin *UD
      35Nov 5, 201128Michael KatsidisWinUD
      34Jul 16, 201128Nicky CookWin *TKO1
      33Mar 12, 201127Joseph LaryeaWin *RTD7
      32Dec 4, 201027Andreas EvensenWin *UD
      31Sep 4, 201027Román MartínezWin *UD
      30May 15, 201027Youssef Al HamidiWinPTS
      29Jun 19, 200926Kevin O'HaraWinUD
      28Mar 27, 200925Michael GomezWinTKO7
      27Nov 14, 200825Yakubu AmiduWinTKO7
      26Sep 26, 200825Osumanu AkabaWinUD
      25May 17, 200825Gheorghe GhiompiricaWinPTS
      24Mar 22, 200824Billy SmithWinPTS
      23Feb 22, 200824Silence SaheedWinTKO3
      22Dec 15, 200724Billy SmithWinPTS
      21Nov 3, 200724Youssef Al HamidiWinPTS
      20Oct 26, 200724Ben OdamatteyWinPTS
      19Oct 13, 200724Frederic BonifaiWinTKO5
      18Sep 15, 200724Ernie SmithWinPTS
      17Feb 9, 200723Carl JohannesonLossUD
      16Nov 4, 200623Wladimir BorovWinPTS
      15Apr 1, 200622Adolphe AvadjaWinTKO5
      14Feb 18, 200622Alex ArthurLossUD
      13Jul 23, 200522Alan TempleWinPTS
      12Jun 17, 200522Haider AliWinPTS
      11Apr 8, 200521Buster DennisWinPTS
      10Feb 25, 200521Graham EarlWinPTS
      9Dec 12, 200421Colin BainWinPTS
      8Oct 29, 200421Jeff ThomasWinPTS
      7Oct 8, 200421Daniel ThorpeWinPTS
      6Dec 8, 200219Nono JuniorWinPTS
      5Oct 19, 200219Neil MurrayWinTKO2
      4Sep 6, 200219Ernie SmithWinPTS
      3Jun 8, 200219Gary HarrisonWinTKO1
      2Mar 15, 200218Peter AllenWinPTS
      1Oct 20, 200118Woody GreenawayWinPTS

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Ricky Burns (The Rickster) is a 41-year old Scottish professional boxer. He was born in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland on April 13, 1983. He is a three-weight-class world champion.

      Burns made his professional boxing debut against Woody Greenaway at the age of 18 on October 20, 2001, defeating Greenaway via 4 round PTS. He went on to win 12 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 2 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 27 on September 4, 2010 after 30 professional fights, against Román Martínez for the super-featherweight WBO title. He defeated Martínez via 12 round unanimous decision to become the super-featherweight champion of the world.

      Burns has won two world titles at two weight classes. He was elevated as world champion once. For all the details about Burns' world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Burns has had a total of eight losses in his professional boxing career so far.

      His most recent fight was a non-title bout against fellow Scottish boxer Willie Limond on September 1, 2023. Burns won the fight via 8th round TKO. It's been 9 months and 15 days since this fight.


      Burns has had a total of 12 world-title fights till today, which includes winning two world titles and eight successful title defenses. He won nine of these fights, lost two, and drew in one.

      Title Wins

      Ricky Burns has fought for world titles in three fights and won two of these fights, winning one of them via way of stoppage. Till today, he has won two belts across two weight classes. He was elevated as world champion once, by WBO.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      May 28, 2016Michele di RoccoSuper-lightweightWBA*TKO
      Sep 4, 2010Román MartínezSuper-featherweightWBOUD
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      Title Defenses

      Ricky Burns has had 10 world-title defense fights across three weight classes — super-featherweight (x3), lightweight (x5), and super-lightweight (x2). He won eight of them and lost two times.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Oct 7, 2016Kiryl RelikhSuper-lightweightWBAUD
      Sep 7, 2013Ray BeltránLightweightWBOSD (draw)
      May 11, 2013Jose GonzalezLightweightWBORTD
      Sep 22, 2012Kevin MitchellLightweightWBOTKO
      Mar 10, 2012Paulus MosesLightweightWBOUD
      Jul 16, 2011Nicky CookSuper-featherweightWBOTKO
      Mar 12, 2011Joseph LaryeaSuper-featherweightWBORTD
      Dec 4, 2010Andreas EvensenSuper-featherweightWBOUD

      Title Losses

      Ricky Burns has lost two world-title defense fights, and lost a total of two titles in these fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Apr 15, 2017Julius IndongoSuper-lightweightWBAUD
      Mar 1, 2014Terence CrawfordLightweightWBOUD


      Burns has fought a total of 54 times till today, which includes 12 world-title fights at three weight divisions. These five fights are the highlight of his career.

      • September 4, 2010: Burns wins his first world title by defeating Román Martínez via 12 round unanimous decision. He is now the WBO super-featherweight world champion.

      • July 16, 2011: Burns successfully defends the WBO super-featherweight title against Nicky Cook, winning the fight via 1st round TKO.

      • November 5, 2011: Ricky Burns beats Michael Katsidis via 12th round unanimous decision.

      • September 22, 2012: Burns successfully defends the WBO lightweight title against Kevin Mitchell, winning the fight via 4th round TKO.

      • October 7, 2016: Burns successfully defends the WBA super-lightweight title against Kiryl Relikh, winning the fight via 12 round unanimous decision.


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