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Burns' Trainer: Crawford Won't Be in His Comfort Zone

By Edward Chaykovsky

Trainer Billy Nelson is tipping his fighter, WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11KOs), to used his experience and superior skill to overcome Terence Crawford (22-0, 16KOs) on March 1 at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. Nelson expects both of the fighters to have a very tough time in the contest, but views Crawford's lack of experience against world class opposition as being the determining factor against the undefeated challenger.

"Terence Crawford is an excellent fighter. He has a great jab and is a very sharp counter-puncher. He is also a fine switch-hitter although he tends to go orthodox over slipping into the southpaw. What I am expecting is the toughest fight that either boxer has had so far in their career and for me that is where Ricky's experience could prove crucial. Crawford has not fought at world title level and he has never been out of his comfort zone. That is the place we are looking to take him on March 1," Nelson told Evening Times.

"Ricky is in great shape and has benefited from us adding a strength and conditioning coach to the camp. The jaw has been tested on plenty of occasions and there are no problems with it. We have just come back from a week's high-quality sparring down south with the likes of Ashley Theophane and with less than a fortnight to go, we are exactly where we want to be in terms of preparation."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 02-19-2014

For those suggesting that the scoring might be an issue here - in light of the reaction to the Beltran decision, do any of you think there could be an effort to 'get this one right' - thus leveling the…

Comment by Corelone on 02-18-2014

[QUOTE=parrish duke;14248270]Its evident that you have not watched much of Crawford to dismiss him. Dude is the goods - he has very good defense, good rythm, head movement, and he can punch almost forgot good punch placement - do your…

Comment by parrish duke on 02-18-2014

Its evident that you have not watched much of Crawford to dismiss him. Dude is the goods - he has very good defense, good rythm, head movement, and he can punch almost forgot good punch placement - do your homework,…

Comment by petero on 02-18-2014

Burns will ko Crawford in the 9th round.

Comment by KermitTheKiller on 02-18-2014

I hope Burns puts on the performance of his life. Not a fan of Crawford, he'll probably beat burns though

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