GLASGOW, Scotland -- Namibia's Julius Indongo unified the WBA and IBF junior welterweight world titles by easily outpointing hometown fighter Ricky Burns on Saturday at the SSE Hyrdo in his second professional bout outside his home country.
Burns, a three-weight world champion, was on the defensive for much of the night against Indongo (22-0,11 KOs)
Indongo was little known outside Namibia until December, when he stunned Russia's Eduard Troyanovsky in less than a minute in Moscow to win the IBF 140-pound title.
He was declared the victor Saturday on all three scorecards, 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112.
Burns (41-6-1, 14 KOs) was on the back foot from the start, as the southpaw Indongo came out swinging with powerful left hooks in the early rounds.
The Scottish fighter came back midway through the bout, however, and landed a couple of good combinations in the seventh round as Indongo appeared to tire.
But the Namibian responded in the eighth round by landing some strong right jabs as Burns failed to put enough pressure on his opponent. The Scot slipped and fell to the mat in the final round, all but ending his title defense.
Burns became Scotland's first three-weight world champion -- junior lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight -- in May, when he beat Michele Di Rocco for the vacant WBA junior welterweight title.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.