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Frank Warren on Burns, Canelo, Khan, DeGale, More

By Frank Warren

RICKY BURNS defends his WBO super-featherweight title this evening - and a win could lead to even bigger things.

Joseph Laryea will be the man in the opposite corner and the Ghanaian is determined to cause an upset in Glasgow.

Burns, Scotland's only world champ, will have to be at his best and I hope he keeps hold of his belt because I've got some big plans for him.

There's talk that Ricky will have a unification fight later this year, or move up to lightweight and challenge for a title there.

Either way, the future looks bright for one of the nicest world champions in sport.

On the undercard this evening, Olympic champion James DeGale keeps busy in an eight-rounder.

I added Chunky to the card because I can't have him waiting around for a possible fight with George Groves.

Dave Coldwell won the purse bid for DeGale's British super-middleweight title defence against Groves.

He's given us a date of April 9 at Olympia, although no more details about the fight have been announced. Rest assured, DeGale wants a showdown with Groves more than anything else.

Elsewhere on the domestic front, hats off to Matthew Hatton in his bid to become Britain's latest world champ.

If they handed out world titles for bravery, he would have taken the WBC light-middleweight crown last weekend against Saul Alvarez. But it's hitting and not being hit that counts.

As I predicted, Hatton simply wasn't good enough against the 20-year-old Mexican, losing every round on the judges' scorecards.

I'm not convinced Alvarez is the real deal. I'd fancy Kell Brook to give weight away against him and cause an upset.

Alvarez is a popular draw with America's Hispanic population though. The Hatton fight pulled in 1.4million viewers on HBO.

It's been reported that Oscar De La Hoya has offered $1.5m for the return of his lost wallet.

He must have had a very expensive bus pass in there...

HE'S already fallen foul of the women's rights brigade, now Mike Tyson has animal-rights activists up in arms.

Protesters from PETA have picketed his LA home over his pigeon-racing TV show.

They claim the sport is cruel. Let's hope Tyson doesn't end up in front of the beak.

PRIZEFIGHTER is rapidly turning into a tournament for retired boxers.

Former WBC champion Robin Reid has come out of retirement and features in the super-middleweight bash this month.

And fellow 40-year-old Adrian Dodson, who promised so much as a pro but didn't really deliver, may also return to the ring - eight years after he quit.

AMIR KHAN will take on Timothy Bradley on July 23, according to Bradley's promoter Gary Shaw.

It is certainly the fight to be made at light-welterweight.

Announcing the date makes Khan's clash with Paul McCloskey in April sound like a tune-up.

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