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Hearn: Beltran The Toughest Fight of Ricky Burns' Career

Promoter Eddie Hearn has only to look at challenger Raymundo Beltran's entourage to realise how big a threat he will be to Ricky Burns in their WBO lightweight title fight at the SECC in Glasgow on Saturday night.

The 32-year-old Mexican, a former sparring partner of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, arrived in Glasgow earlier than normal for a title fight and with a big backroom team, all confident of victory against the Scottish champion.

Hearn believes the extra preparation Beltran's camp is putting into their fighter indicates how serious they are of taking Burns' belt.

"It is standard procedure in any contract to give an away fighter seven days' accommodation and flights for their team," said Hearn.

"They have bought an additional four flights and are staying an additional six days, all paid for out of their own pockets. So they are here to win.

"I made the fight with Bob Arum and Carl Moretti from Top Rank, and they also have Terence Crawford and they would like nothing more than for Beltran to win and try to put him in with Crawford.

"I just think it is going to be a great fight.

"Outside of a unification fight it is the toughest fight in the division for Ricky Burns.

"The fans are so loyal to him that we could put Ricky in with an easier opponent and he would still have a fantastic following.

"But Ricky Burns doesn't want that, we don't want that, Sky TV doesn't want that, therefore he has to fight the best and in Beltran.

"It is 100 percent the toughest fight of his career because you are fighting someone who is seasoned, tough, hungry, experienced, who is not going to be fazed.

"He has had hundreds of thousands of rounds with Manny Pacquiao, the team is in place around him and he is coming off two very good wins.

"You are not going to see a quitter, a guy who sits down on his stool, and that makes for a great fight."

Hearn's quitter reference was a nod to Burns' last opponent, Jose Gonzalez.

The impressive Puerto Rican challenger was ahead on points at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow but retired at the end of the ninth round with a damaged left hand.

Hearn believes Saturday night gives Burns, 30, a chance "to make a statement" with regards his true ability.

"Ricky has to show everybody, himself, the fans, the media, just how good he is," he said.

"In my opinion Ricky is the best lightweight in the world, now that (Adrien) Broner has moved up (from lightweight).

"But he does need to make a statement because his last performance wasn't his best and he knows that.

"No one deserves to have a go at him because no one works harder than him.

"But it is time to make a statement and Beltran is the perfect opponents and has the style for him to make that statement."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LAPete on 09-06-2013

Beltran is no joke and as tough as they get. He will give Burns a fight!

Comment by STREET CLEANER on 09-05-2013

[QUOTE=BigZigga;13714228]d1ckless? He's throwing Groves in with Froch.... He's throwing Bruns in with a proven opponent I don't think that's d1ckless[/QUOTE] Groves vs Froch is very good business.

Comment by BigZigga on 09-05-2013

[QUOTE=The Weebler I;13714265]Yeah, I think he's significantly more of a risk-taker than Arum.[/QUOTE] Seems that way to me. I think we all remember the Gamboa-Juanma debacle

Comment by Weebler I on 09-05-2013

[QUOTE=BigZigga;13714241]If Hearn were really like Arum, he'd have Froch vacate or have Groves change weight classes lol[/QUOTE] Yeah, I think he's significantly more of a risk-taker than Arum.

Comment by BigZigga on 09-05-2013

[QUOTE=The Weebler I;13714231]To be fair, the IBF ordered that bout.[/QUOTE] If Hearn were really like Arum, he'd have Froch vacate or have Groves change weight classes lol

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