Ricky Burns returns home after surgery

RICKY Burns returns home today after surgery to mend a broken jaw sustained in Saturday night’s controversial WBO lightweight title fight against Raymundo Beltran, according to the champion’s promoter Eddie Hearn.

Ricky Burns returns home after surgery to mend a broken jaw. Picture: Robert Perry

The Coatbridge fighter, 30, suffered a clean break in the second round against the Mexican at the SECC in Glasgow but despite being on the back foot for much of the night he retained his belt when the judges awarded a draw.

Hearn subsequently claimed that Burns, who had titanium plates inserted in his jaw, faced a battle to recover sufficiently to box again.

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However, today he revealed a picture of the boxer in a tweet which read: “Just spoke to @ricksterko - back home today. Sore but in good spirits - next few weeks are vital, fingers crossed.”

Burns’ manager Alex Morrison insists his fighter will be back in the ring.

He told STV: “Ricky is a bit sore but there is no doubt he will fight on.

“He will see the medical people in about two weeks and it’s expected to take around six weeks for him to recover.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he was back the gym next Monday to keep himself in shape.

“He is keen for a rematch but Beltran and his camp are in no position to pick and choose, so any rematch would be in Glasgow.”