Appleby in shock defeat and Burns grinds out win
Frank Warren put on a night of boxing last night at the Braehead arena in Glasgow last night. The event was a ticket success but the Warren stable had their work seemingly cut out for them by the unheralded visitors.
South Queensferry's 23 year old Paul Appleby suffered his second career loss last night on the undercard to 5'11 Ghanian Joseph 'Mandingo' Laryea up at Super Featherweight for the WBO inter-continental title.
Appleby, who lost by knockout to Ireland's Martin Lindsay in 2009 at featherweight had stepped up to the 130lb weight class and had two easy 8 round fights.
Last night he was out-fought and out-gamed by the Accra native. Although the scorecard gave it as a split-decision, there was no doubt that Appleby had been defeated. His record slips to 16-2 (11ko).
The defeat also kills any all-Scottish payday between himself and the full belt holder, Ricky Burns.
The main event saw Ricky defend the belt against the short, Norwigian novice Andreas Evensen. A 'gimme' fight if there ever was one. Which can be excused given his raucous effort earlier this year, when he took the title in a barnstormer against former unbeaten holder Roman Martinez.
At 5'10, Burns was huge five inches taller than Evenson. But the spirited visitor made up for his lack of height and weight with pure heart.
Up on his toes and peppering Burns with shots, he darted in and out as Burn's continually looked for the power shots, neglecting his steady boxing ability and ring craft in the process. Burns is no puncher as his record would testify. You couldn't help but feel that bigger puncher would have capitlised on the openings afford to them.
Scores were 119-108 for Burns, who now improves his record to 29-2 (7ko) wheras Evenson slips to 13-2 (5ko).
Overall it was a stodgy card of hand-picked opponents to flatter the Scots, but if anything the visitors embarrassed the home fighters.
That is always the risk of failing to bring in decent, recognised opposition - complacency slips in.