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Burns retains WBO lightweight title

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) - Ricky Burns kept his minor WBO lightweight belt when unbeaten challenger Jose Gonzalez of Puerto Rico retired after the ninth round on Saturday.

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Gonzalez, the winner of 22 fights, 17 by knockout, stayed on his stool because of a suspected broken wrist.

Burns (36-2, 11 KO) started better but Gonzalez troubled the champion in the sixth round and a brutal seventh, subduing the partisan crowd. Gonzalez was hesitant in the ninth, and though he quit afterward, he led on the judges' scorecards.

``I knew the rounds were close. The judges had me behind,'' Burns said. ``I couldn't believe how awkward he is. I take my hat off to him, he is a class, class opponent. He's very hard to hit.''

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