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Burns: I want Crawford rematch

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Ricky Burns is targeting a rematch with Terence Crawford after admitting the better fighter won as he lost his WBO world lightweight title to the American in Glasgow.

Crawford sealed a unanimous points victory but Burns is hopeful of facing the undefeated 26-year-old again.

"It was a tricky fight in there," Burns said. "Very awkward, especially with the switch-hitting. I found it hard to get my shots off.

"The best man won on the night but I'll be back. First thing I said to Eddie [Hearn, his promoter] after the fight was 'we'll be chasing for a rematch'. Hopefully, we can get that sorted.

"I took a good body shot in one of the rounds but I managed to recover and I also took a head shot. I have proved I can take it.

"I said beforehand the jaw [which he broke against Joey Beltran in his last fight] might be in the back of my mind but I went out and got on with it, and the better man won on the night.

"He boxed well, good on him. You can see why he's being touted as the next big thing in America.

"There are some big fights out there here for me as well, but my first choice would be to get a rematch. I feel I belong at world level, I think I proved that tonight.

"The weight division is buzzing, at world level, and over here, so there are big fights out there. I'll be back in the gym in a couple of weeks, raring to go."

Crawford signalled he would be willing to grant Burns a rematch. After the bout, he said: "Oh yeah, talk to my promoter and we can do it again."

The American added: "I'm lost for words. And I'm happy, as long as I got that belt. It means everything, we haven't had a champion in Omaha, Nebraska for centuries."

"We knew Ricky had a nice jab so we were trying to throw him off his jab. We trained really hard, so I wasn't worried about going 12 rounds."

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