LONDON: Scotland’s Ricky Burns made a successful first defense of his World Boxing Association super-lightweight title with a hard-fought points win over Kiryl Relikh in Glasgow on Friday (Saturday in Manila). Victory took Burns, 33, closer to a clash with American four-weight champion Adrien Broner. But he did not have things all his own way before prevailing 118-110, 116-112, 116-112 on the three judges’ scorecards for a unanimous points decision. The fight was made all the more emotional for Burns and his legion of fans after it was announced Wednesday that all money from remaining ticket sales would be donated to the family of dead boxer Mike Towell. Towell died in hospital last Friday after being stretchered from the ring in Glasgow the previous day.