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Ricky Burns knows he is under pressure to deliver tomorrow night

Ricky Burns says he is under no illusions that he must beat Dejan Zlaticanin in style tomorrow night at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, live on Sky Sports, in order to get back to a World Lightweight title.

Burns faces Zlaticanin for the vacant WBC International title and the first step on a path to WBC king Omar Figueroa, but despite the scale of the fight and his first bout under new trainer Tony Sims – the 31 year old hasn’t changed his ethos of not watching his opponent.

“Tony has watched him quite a bit and that is good enough for me,” said Burns, who scaled 9st 8lbs 12oz – heavier that the 9st 7lbs 14 Montenegrin. “I don’t like watching my opponent and that’s my prerogative. You watch them and you beginning worrying what they are going to do and forget about yourself. If I go in there and do what I do best, I will win. Continue reading

Burns faces Zlaticanin tonight in Glasgow

Former two weight world champ Ricky Burns (36-3-1, 11 KO’s) will be looking to convince his many doubters that he’s not an over-the-hill fighter when he faces the much smaller 5’6” Dejan Zlaticanin (18-0, 13 KO’s) tonight in a fight for the vacant WBC International lightweight title at the Braehead Arena, in Glasgow, Scotland.

At best, Burns could get a title shot against WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa if he wins tonight. At worse, Burns could face someone like #2 WBC Jorge Linares in a WBC eliminator with a win over Zlaticanin. Continue reading

Simmons and Camacho steal show at press conference

Cruiserweight rivalry ready to explode on Friday night

Stephen Simmons and Wadi Camacho renewed their rivalry and stole the show at today’s pre-fight press conference for Friday night’s bill at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, live on Sky Sports.

Simmons defends his WBC International Silver title against Camacho, but with their bitter feud simmering for months now, it’s the personal bragging rights that both men are eager to seize come fight night.

Promoter Eddie Hearn allowed headline star Ricky Burns and Commonwealth and British Light Welterweight foes Willie Limond and Curtis Woodhouse to speak first at the packed press conference before turning to the grudge match. Continue reading

Nelson: Burns will beat Zlaticanin

Sky Sports commentator Johnny Nelson is confident that former two division world champion Ricky Burns (36-3-1, 11 KO’s) will come out on top this Friday night in his fight against #13 WBC Dejan Zlaticanin (18-0, 13 KO’s) at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Burns, who is coming off of a loss to Terence Crawford last March, has been saying that if he wins this fight on Friday, his promoter Eddie Hearn will set him up with a title shot against WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa. Burns is ranked only #15 by the WBC, so if Hearn is able to get him a title shot off of a win over #13 WBC Zlaticanin then it’s going to have to be an optional title defense by Figueroa. Continue reading

Crawford defeats Burns; Joshua beats Avila in 1st round TKO

WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-3-1, 11 KO’s) gave it his best shot tonight, but it wasn’t good enough to turn back challenger Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KO’s), who defeated him by a 12 round unanimous decision to capture his WBO 135 lb title at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. The judges scores were 115-112, 115-112 and 117-111. The 117-111 score was more indicative to what happened in the ring tonight.

The 115-112 scores were wishful thinking scores, because there’s no way this fight was that close. The Scottish crowd was absolutely silent at the end of the fight even before the scores were read. They knew that Burns had lost and they just stood there watching without saying a word.

Crawford hurt Burns at least 2, possibly 3 times in the fight with big shots that sent him retreating to the ropes in the 4th and 5th rounds. Crawford landed a lot of hard head shots in those rounds, and pretty much all of the rounds of the fight. Burns did a good job of covering up, but he couldn’t block everything that was coming his way. Continue reading