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Bizarre Ending for Ricky Burns in Hull

Scotland’s former two weight world champion Ricky Burns, now campaigning back down at 135 lbs, had a bizarre end to his fight with Ghana’s Prince Ofutsu last night in Hull when the Ghanaian second threw in the towel midway through the fifth round – ostensibly for no apparent reason.

Yes the fight – a tune up for Burns following his defeat at the hands of Omar Figueroa in Texas back in May – was essentially a mismatch, with the now (15-4) Ofotsu hopelessly out-gunned from the get-go as a gulf in class was immediately evident. Continue reading

Campbell destroys Coyle; Rose beats Jones; Burns and Whyte both win

WBC #15 lightweight contender Luke Campbell (12-0, 10 KOs) totally dominated Tommy Coyle (21-3, 12 KOs) in knocking him down four times en route to scoring a 10th round stoppage tonight at the Craven Park Stadium in Hull, UK. Coyle was hurt with a body shot in the 9th, and then finished off with three knockdowns in the 10th. Coyle continually attacked the bigger and stronger Campbell, but he didn’t have the punching power to worry him. Continue reading

Ricky Burns Returns Saturday / Looking to Get Back in the Mix

This Saturday in Hull, Scotland’s former 2 weight world champion Ricky Burns returns to the ring, fighting back down at 135 lbs against Ghana’s Prince Ofotsu following May’s awful Stateside loss to Omar Figueroa in which Burn’s was fighting not only his opponent but the referee, and was extremely hard done by given that history will record the fight as a wide points loss, thus not acknowledging the hard shift the Coatbridge man put in.

While Ofutsu (15-4, 11kos) – a fighter who hasn’t boxed outside his native Ghana – will present nothing but a routine piece of business for Burns on Saturday, the focus is surely on the bigger picture, and with a burgeoning lightweight scene in the UK that includes the likes of WBO champ Terry Flanagan, Anthony Crolla and former foe and current sparring partner Kevin Mitchell, Burns is keen to get right back in the mix and prove that he isn’t done yet. Continue reading

Ricky Burns Still Has More To Offer / Eyeing Championship Fights

Scotland’s Ricky Burns still thinks he has plenty more to give the fight game, and is moving back down to lightweight, where he is a former WBO champion, to achieve it.

Burns, 32, who also held the WBO strap at 130 lbs, was considered by many to be finished going in as the ‘away fighter’ against tough Texan Omar Figueroa back in May on Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, yet gave a heroic account of himself in the wake of some questionable officiating. It was his second fight at 140 and 3rd loss in four fights. Continue reading

You Have To Feel For Ricky Burns – But Boy Is He Back!

After last night’s contest in Texas- as part of Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions brand – the history books will always say Ricky Burns (37-5, 11ko) lost 3 of his last 4 fights. Yet in my humble opinion, the former 2 weight world champion was extremely unlucky as the traveling fighter against Omar Figueroa (25-0-1, 18ko) – dropping the decision in a fight where he wasn’t just fighting his opponent but also the referee and the odds in general.

Some might say, in a different ring, with a different ref, had the action all been the same – Burns may well have walked out the victor. Or at least battled to a hard earned draw. Continue reading

Figueroa beats Burns in war! Jamie McDonnell Earns Close Decision Over Tomoki Kameda

Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (25-0-1, 18 KOs) remained undefeated as he put on an exciting show in front of a raucous hometown crowd and earned a unanimous decision over Ricky Burns (37-5-1, 11 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on CBS live from State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.

Figueroa was the sharper fighter who landed harder punches and was able to dictate the pace of the fight. Burns was deducted a point in both the eighth and 11th rounds by the referee for excessive holding. “Panterita” won by scores of 116-110 twice and 117-109. Continue reading

Omar Figueroa, Ricky Burns, Tomoki Kameda, Austin Trout Presser Quotes and Photos

Fight week for Premier Boxing Champions on CBS continued Thursday as televised fighters Omar “Panterita” Figueroa, Ricky Burns, Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda, Jamie McDonnell and Austin “No Doubt” Trout spoke to the media at the final press conference before their respective bouts taking place Saturday, May 9 at State Farm Arena. Here are what the participants had to say Thursday:

OMAR FIGUEROA – “This is the biggest fight of my career thus far. I have my brother on the undercard and it’s here at home. This is it. I think it’s great for people from the Valley to get a huge card like this here. They haven’t seen this since Vasquez vs. Marquez, so I hope to bring that level of boxing back to the Valley. Continue reading

Ricky Burns – Last Shot At Glory Against Omar Figueroa

This weekend Scotland’s Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11ko) will enter the proverbial “Lion’s Den” when he attempts the monumental task of dethroning unbeaten former WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa Jr (24-0-1, 18ko) as part of Al Haymon’s PBC brand – in his opponents home state of Texas.

Despite insisting he ultimately wants to remain at lightweight, the Coatbridge fighter is moving to 140lb to fight the Mexican-American who stopped Daniel Estrada in his last fight some 9 months ago.

It’s certainly going to be a tough, tough ask for the former world champion who, since losing his title on home soil to Terence Crawford in March last year, has faced questions over whether he still has what it takes to operate at top level. Continue reading

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