Burns vs. Indongo: Hearn Hopes To Finalize Deal This Week

By Edward Chaykovsky

Eddie Hearn, promoter of WBA junior welterweight champion Ricky Burns, is hoping to finalize a deal this week for an April unification with IBO, IBF world champion Julius Indongo at the Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

Burns (41-5-1, 14 KOs), who is the only Scottish fighter to capture world titles in three weight divisions, was last seen in the ring in October, when he won a twelve round unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh, who suffered his first career defeat.

"It's long been Ricky's dream to unify the division and we are hoping we can deliver for him in his next fight," Hearn told Sky Sports. "Indongo is a very dangerous opponent and coming off a huge first round knockout in Russia but after missing out on unifications at super featherweight and lightweight, I'm hopeful of delivering some good news this week."


Last month, Indongo (20-0, 11 KOs) pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year, and one of the best knockouts, all in one swoop. He traveled to Russia and knocked out heavily favored Eduard Troyanovsky in 40 seconds of the first round. A single punch sent Troyanovsky down and out. Troyanovsky was undefeated with a 25-0 record and being scouted as a possible opponent for fighters such as WBC/WBO champion Terence Crawford.

Alex Morrison, manager of Burns, is also crossing his fingers that everything is finalized for Indongo. Burns was hoping to land a Las Vegas showdown with Adrien Broner. That fight fell through when Broner signed on to face Adrian Granados on February 18th.

Morrison said to Daily Record: “Indongo showed how dangerous he is against the Russian. He is unbeaten in 21 fights and he is not to be underestimated. It’s a huge opportunity for Ricky. It’s a chance to get his hands on three of the super lightweight belts.

“That would make him a wanted man. The best in the world would be beating his door down. If successful then hopefully a fight in Vegas awaits Ricky. That’s something he has always dreamt about and it would be within his reach if he can deal with Indongo. There are some big fights out there for Ricky, but the most important one is Ingdongo.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 1hourRun on 01-09-2017

[QUOTE=DannyS;17340613]That's the point I made even after robbing solis with his worst ever performance warren still doesn't want to know and are you joking kameda wasn't robbed in either fight the first was close but he dominated the second an…

Comment by DannyS on 01-09-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;17340259]Porter was the weakest link but Kell Brook didn't want any part of Timothy Bradley..... McDonnell? as in Jamie McDonnell ? hes one if not the biggest thief among all the fraud Brits! he robbed Solis in his last fight…

Comment by 1hourRun on 01-09-2017

[QUOTE=DannyS;17340220]Kell beat porter and Joshua ko'd all the American prospects. Plus wilder is definitely not the best at heavy Molina rocked his arse while Joshua toyed with him you demographic ****wit, ohh an raushee wants no part of McDonnell even…

Comment by DannyS on 01-09-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;17340014]Oh hell nah! its really happening!!! Indongo sucks and 140 is trash ; when Ricky Burns is in line to unify you know Eddie Hearn is working overtime! I think its about time Linares moved up and spanked another Brit…

Comment by 123tommy on 01-09-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;17340028]For what? he already took Burns to school! these Brits constantly pick off the weakest 'champions' ; paying them off to come over the UK and claim they are great after cherry picking but they refuse to face the top…

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