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Hearn: Burns Needs Tough Domestic Foe, Not in Scotland

Promoter Eddie Hearn is considering putting Ricky Burns into a high-profile domestic fight away from Scotland after attempts to get him back in the world-title mix backfired spectacularly. Burns was floored within 30 seconds of his comeback from losing his WBO lightweight belt before suffering a points loss to Montenegrin Dejan Zlaticanin in an official WBC eliminator.

Hearn said: "I think we need to take him away from Scotland for his next fight, because every time he fights there is so much pressure and expectation. He is going to have a holiday and see how he feels but I can't see him quitting in a million years because he loves to fight. It's not as if he's an old man, he is physically fit and loves to fight.

"He trains harder than anyone else down the gym, his sparring is better than anyone else, but he is not delivering it in the ring. I don't know what it is. It's not desire, he still has the desire."

Hearn will now look to set up an all-British fight to see if Burns can recapture his form, with the likes of Tommy Coyle, Anthony Crolla, Derry Matthews and possibly Kevin Mitchell all potential opponents.

"I don't believe Zlaticanin will go on to win a world title," he said. "If you can't beat him, you are not going to go on and win a world title.

"His next fight will have to be a tough domestic fight. You have to win that and then have another fight like Zlaticanin to get in the world title mix.

"This was about winning back the confidence of the people and Ricky Burns but we have taken another step back.

"But Ricky was sitting in the dressing room saying he feels he has let people down and needs to get back into the gym and improve. He was crying his eyes out."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Corelone on 06-29-2014

I keep saying, get these guys some international experience. All I hear is he can make more money at home. No he can't, and now the hometown advantage is turning into hometown pressure. It is too late for Burn, he…

Comment by TGD on 06-29-2014

Hearn bailing out on Scottish boxing already.

Comment by MBE on 06-29-2014

Has Burns won a fight under Hearn? He certainly hasn't looked that good anyway. I guess the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

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