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Burns' Promoter on The Beltran/Crawford Situation

By Edward Chaykovsky

WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11KOs) will not be forced into a fight with mandatory challenger Terence Crawford, according to Burns' promoter Eddie Hearn. Last Friday the WBO ordered Hearn and Top Rank to negotiate a potential Burns-Crawford clash. The first option for Burns is a rematch with Raymundo Beltran (28-6-1, 17KOs). During their September fight, which ended in a draw, Burns was dropped and suffered a badly broken jaw. Nearly every ringside observer felt Beltran should have won. Burns wants to set things straight against Beltran in February.

Besides Beltran, Hearn is also trying to line up a unification bout with either IBF champion Miguel Vazquez or WBA champion Richar Abril.

If the only option comes down to Crawford, Hearn is confident of winning a purse bid that will send the fight to Burns' backyard of Scotland.

Hearn told The Scotsman: “We received a letter from the WBO on Friday to the effect that we must begin negotiations with Crawford’s people, adding that we should get back to them within 30 days stating where we are at. But it’s quite a complex situation. Top Rank represents both Beltran and Crawford and we made them an offer which Beltran’s team was happy with but Top Rank was not.

“In the meantime, I have asked the WBO for a voluntary defence against Beltran in February. I am also in talks with Miguel Vazquez and Richar Abril regarding a unification bout that would supersede a mandatory defence so there are lots going on. But Top Rank is trying to force our hand and they have made their position very clear in that they would like Ricky to fight Crawford.

“If it has to be Crawford then we will fight him. The split is 75-25 in favor of the champion and I am very confident that I could bring that fight to Scotland. We are not looking to going to America to fight Crawford and it would take an incredible offer for that to happen. But the fight everyone wants to see is Beltran and it is the right fight for boxing after what happened last time.

“I am not saying that fight is completely dead but we have done everything we can to try to make it happen, as Crawford would not hold the same attraction for Scottish fights fans. Despite the fact he is very good, he is not particularly well known over here.

“He is tough but also unproven to an extent. But whatever happens, Ricky will be fighting in February, either in a voluntary defence, a unification bout or against Crawford. Ricky is disappointed about what happened in his last fight and that he didn’t have the chance to perform like he can. So he wants the chance to set the record straight against Beltran although that is now dependent on several factors”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HeroBando on 11-11-2013

[QUOTE=LAPete;13919721]After the last fight if i was Beltran i would NOT fight in that region again! Can't be trusted.[/QUOTE] Beltran doesn't have a shiny record to protect. He's been robbed all over the place, at least this time the whole…

Comment by Jocknerd94 on 11-11-2013

[QUOTE=Sugar Adam Ali;13919404]this is reason # 5,456,344,792,134 why boxing is a joke of a sport,,,, this fight wont happen, just like ggg-murray, lara-canelo, manny-floyd, bowe-lewis,, and people wonder why this sport gets no respect,, burns and co are basically saying…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 11-11-2013

[QUOTE=lightsout_finit;13920148] They still gave him the belt though, didn't they???[/QUOTE] The WBA gave him the belt. He drew so he kept the belt. Most felt Quigg deserved the decision.

Comment by lightsout_finit on 11-11-2013

[QUOTE=CraigM;13919865]I can see what your saying but its the only chance he has got of getting a title, [B]I doubt there will be another robbery because it'd screw Matchroom sports up with their sugardaddy Sky Sports.[/B][/QUOTE] What about that bum…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 11-11-2013

[QUOTE=New England;13920046]i don't blame anybody for not wanting to go to scotland to fight this joker. the money woul dhave ot be great, and it doesn't look like it is. good luck getting a decision. beltran broke his jaw and…

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