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.”