World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns tackled his latest challenger with ease and then roared on for rival Miguel Vazquez on Saturday 16th March at Wembley Arena. The Scottish hero was at Glasgow’s top Mexican restaurant Pancho Villas today for his ‘Man vs Food’ challenge, testing his tolerance to the lip-searing Habanero chili pepper ahead of his huge unification showdown against Vazquez, the IBF World Champion.
Burns, who aims to become Scotland’s first ever three-time world champion boxer, ripped into his red-hot 4 inch opponent with the same ferocity that he’s going to attack Vazquez with on fight night.
After chomping through one Habanero – ranked fifth in the Scoville Chili Heat Chart and just below it’s equivalent of a U.S. Police Grade Pepper Spray – and with his mouth on fire, Burns tossed the remains of his opponent aside.
“I can stand the heat, but will Vazquez,” Stormed Burns.
“I’ve just returned from the freezing cold of a training camp in Norway where it was -12°C when we went out running and -16°C at night, to the heat of eating a mouth burning chili,”
“I’ve managed to go through one Hananero and now let’s see of he’s going to bring the same kind of fire to the ring on fight night.”
Burns is relishing his dream fight against Vazquez and says he’ll be in the best shape ever for the biggest test of his 37-fight career. A win for Burns could mean a further unification contest against WBC Champ Adrien Broner.
He added, “Vazquez is a top world champion and easily the best I’ve faced in my career,”
“When the fight was put to me, I said straightaway ‘Lets do it’, this is what I’m in this sport for, to face the best and prove that I’m the best out there,”
“I only watch my opponent once on video and that’s the last time I watch him, but from what I’ve seen of Vazquez he’s got great all-round skills, good technique and is an excellent counter-puncher,”
“I’ll be in great shape for the fight. I’ll be sparring with plenty of tall, rangy, welterweights to prepare, but it’s what I do on the night that will count and I always rise to the occasion for a big challenge,”
“I laughed when people said I was running from Adrien Broner. I don’t run from anybody. I’ve got to make sure I beat Vazquez first then I can go into a fight with Broner with two world title belts to his one,”
“Of course the pressure will be building up closer to the time, but I’ll do what I have done for every title fight and just go out and do my job.”
Burns v Vazquez joint-headlines a blockbuster show with WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly, who defends his title against Robin Krasniqi, plus George Groves challenging for the Vacant European Super-Middleweight title, heavyweight Dereck Chisora* and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Champion Liam Walsh, all live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com
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*Chisora’s appearance is strictly subject to him being successful in receiving his British Boxing Board of Control license.