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Burns vs di Rocco: Live streaming results and round by round coverage

Ricky Burns takes on Michele di Rocco in today's Sky Sports main event.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Today at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sky Sports (UK), Scotland's Ricky Burns looks to win a world title in a third weight class, as he faces Italy's Michele di Rocco for the vacant WBA junior welterweight belt in the main event from Glasgow.

Burns (39-5-1, 13 KO) has won two straight fights, and the former super featherweight and lightweight titlist feels he's back at top form and ready to rejoin the world stage. di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KO) was an amateur standout and a former European champion in the pro ranks.

Also on the card, Tyrone Nurse (32-2-1, 6 KO) will defend the British junior welterweight title against Willie Limond (39-4, 11 KO). Limond previously held the belt and never lost it, but has fought just once since a June 2014 win over Curtis Woodhouse. Nurse took two tries last year to win the vacant belt, drawing with Chris Jenkinson in July before beating him in a November rematch.

For more on both fights, click here for the preview.

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Ricky Burns def. Michele di Rocco by TKO (1:57 of round 8)

Tyrone Nurse def. Willie Limond by TKO (2:51 of round 9)

Conor Benn def. Luke Keleher by unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)

Tommy McCarthy def. Jon-Lewis Dickinson by unanimous decision (97-92, 97-92, 98-91)

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Round 1: di Rocco starting with some real aggression here, trying to move forward and throw punches. Burns landing some good shots in counter. Burns hurts di Rocco with about 40 seconds left in the round, and tries to pounce, but di Rocco ties him up. Burns 10-9

Round 2: di Rocco's defense is...lacking. Burns is having a fairly easy time with this fight right now, because di Rocco is short, leaky on defense. di Rocco getting hurt on body shots late in the round. Burns 10-9, 20-18

Round 3: Burns goes low, and he knows it, and it was a clear accident. Back to action. Jabbing from Burns, little combos when di Rocco gets close. di Rocco down on a right hand! He's up, and it was just before the bell, so the round ends. Burns 10-8, 30-26

Round 4: Boy, does di Rocco suck or what? Burns isn't quite an elite fighter and this is a true mismatch, far greater a difference than I expected. Pretty much a rout at this point, only a matter of how it ends, not who wins. Burns 10-9, 40-35

Round 5: di Rocco eats a big right, staggers into the corner and hangs on to the ropes, waiting for Burns to come forward so he can tie him up. The effort from di Rocco is there, I guess. I mean, I guess you can say that. He's not rolling over. He's just not good enough and shouldn't be here. Burns 10-9, 50-44

Round 6: di Rocco landing some shots this round, Burns has backed off some, maybe taking a round off. di Rocco with some body shots. Burns trying to finish the round strong and maybe steal it. HARD right hand from Burns, and, well, that probably did steal it, because it was a big, eye-catching shot. Another right hand lands. Burns 10-9, 60-53

Round 7: Alright, gotta respect the effort from Michele di Rocco here. He’s outclassed but busting his ass. He's also wasting a lot of energy, but he kinda has to, so at least he's doing it for a reason. Burns 10-9, 70-62

Round 8: Burns bullying again in the first minute of the eighth. Burns with an overhand right, then back to the jab, making di Rocco expend energy to chase, and then landing a right, then bullying di Rocco to the ropes. He's beating him up right now. di Rocco stuck in the corner. Burns hammer away with both hands. di Rocco down in the center of the ring, he's got nothing left, referee stops it. Burns TKO-8


Round 1: Limond trying to start fast at home, Nurse hoping to use his height and reach. Nurse settling the fight down mostly, able to work around at range, jab a bit, come forward a little, Limond settles himself down and stops pressing so hard. Limond 10-9

Round 2: Limond doing some nice work here, landing good shots, not letting Nurse control without making him earn it, and thus far that's working out for the home fighter. Limond 10-9, 20-18

Round 3: Nurse better this round, finding his own rhythm a bit more, and landing some classy shots and doing some classy things. Classy. Nurse 10-9, Limond 29-28

Round 4: Limond still keeping the crowd happy with some good, clean shots. Nurse trying to stay calm here, but this is a real good round for Limond, and you have to love his effort, He basically hasn't fought in about two years, this is a big effort. But that might not be the best thing either. Limond 10-9, 39-37

Round 5: Nurse coming out with a BIG effort and hammering away at the body. This is a huge round for Nurse. He's just beating the hell out of Limond, who may not have a lot left after that. That was an assault. Limond's nose is busted all to hell. Nurse 10-8, 47-47

Round 6: And this round is far different than the last, with Limond trying to stand his ground, Nurse still looking to the body, but Limond holding up better and trying to do what he can. Limond takes a vicious hook to the body, backs away screaming at Nurse, but doesn't go down. More body work from Nurse. Limond with a shot upstairs. Nurse 10-9, 57-56

Round 7: Nurse back to a more measured pace. Limond trying to take advantage of that and do some work, maybe turn the tide. Limond is a tough SOB. Nurse still landing some good shots, but Limond is hanging in. Nurse with a little late flurry before the bell. Nurse 10-9, 67-65

Round 8: Willie Limond really giving a tremendous effort here. But he’s taken some real punishment and can’t seem to hurt Nurse at all. The body shots in particular have been vicious at times. Nurse getting hit clean, but lands back with good shots. This is starting to get ugly -- when Nurse throws, it's not close. Nurse 10-9, 77-74

Round 9: Nurse dominating now. Almost carrying it in a way. Limond still trying really hard. Nurse pounds away at the body again and Victor Loughlin steps in to stop the fight. Limond screams in frustration. Crowd boos. But it's not a bad call at all. Nurse TKO-9


Round 1: Benn made his pro debut on the Joshua-Martin card, this is his second fight. Keleher does all you can ask, just rushing Benn, and WE'VE GOT A FIGHT! YEAH! RUMBLE! Benn catching some shots here, Keleher with a good hook. Benn has taken control a bit but Keleher just won't back off. Another hook from Keleher. Another one lands, a glancing blow. Keleher's brawling has dictated the pace here, without question. He's trying to take advantage of a young, inexperienced fighter. Keleher is cut on the left eye, too, likely from clash of heads. Keleher 10-9

Round 2: Keleher charging again early in this round, Benn firing back with both hands, and again he gets caught with a left hook. Benn now has Keleher in the corner, lands in combination. Lots of missing. He's high strung. Nervy and youthful energy and all that. Benn with body shots, Keleher back with his own, and now he's got Benn in the corner. Back and forth here, tons of hard work if not a lot of really clean shots landing. Benn 10-9, 19-19

Round 3: This is a good little fight, nice learning experience for Benn. He's almost certainly going to get the win whether he really deserves it or not, but right now I do think he's done enough in two of the three rounds. And anyway, he'll be able to look at this and go, "Yeah, don't do that." Benn 10-9, 29-28

Round 4: Keleher continues trying to bully, but Benn landing better shots right now, a shot to the body. Keleher keeps plugging away. Benn is, at the very least, going to be an exciting fighter. Benn 10-9, 39-37


Round 1: McCarthy is an unbeaten prospect, Dickinson a domestic level veteran, a former British cruiserweight champion. McCarthy looking to work on counter inside when Dickinson steps in. McCarthy with the better work here, Dickinson didn't really do much at all, just felt it out. McCarthy 10-9

Round 2: This is, you know, a fight between two guys well short of world level in this division. McCarthy might prove a bit more at some point but he doesn't have the special look here, either. He's winning, though, catching Dickinson with some counters. McCarthy 10-9, 20-18

Round 3: McCarthy continuing to do a little clever work, but Dickinson did land a couple good shots this round. Still shaded it to McCarthy, but Dickinson did more here than the first two rounds at least. McCarthy 10-9, 30-27

Round 4: I wouldn't call this exciting. Or very good. McCarthy just waiting for Dickinson to give him openings, then he makes him pay a slight bit. "Poise" and "maturity" and whatnot. McCarthy 10-9, 40-36

Round 5: McCarthy pressing a bit more this round, lands a good right hand that shakes Dickinson with about a minute left in the round. McCarthy chipping away the first four rounds, now bringing out the hammer a bit more. Dickinson just hasn't found anything that works. He's being countered when he tries to lead, and now McCarthy is leading if Dickinson won't. McCarthy 10-9, 50-45

Round 6: McCarthy continuing to do the good work, and Dickinson goes down on a delayed reaction from a left hook up top with a minute left in the round. He's on bad legs here, and McCarthy is going to try to finish. Dickinson trying to avoid him, not really fighting back, just trying to cover, and then he fires a couple back once he steadies himself a bit. 30 seconds to go in the round. McCarthy not going wild trying to finish here. May have missed the window. So he goes back to the body. McCarthy 10-8, 60-53

Round 7: McCarthy looking better as this goes on. Not sure if I see a special prospect, but certainly a guy who's already toward the upper tier of the British scene at cruiserweight. This is a good performance. Dickinson can't get going and McCarthy is doing everything right. McCarthy 10-9, 70-62

Round 8: Dickinson with maybe his best round here, and I'll give it to him. McCarthy may be saving some energy for the last two rounds, not a bad idea given how comfortably he should be ahead here. Dickinson 10-9, McCarthy 79-72

Round 9: McCarthy definitely tired at this point, Dickinson has the greater experience going this long, so that's helping him here. He looks stronger and should really try to swarm, but he's going at a very measured pace. Dickinson 10-9, McCarthy 88-82

Round 10: McCarthy definitely putting what he's got left into this round, particularly down the stretch. Good closing round for McCarthy in a good fight for him. McCarthy 10-9, 98-91

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