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Hearn: Crawford is a Much Tougher Fight Than Beltran

Ricky Burns' press conference in Glasgow to promote his forthcoming WBO Lightweight title fight against Terence Crawford was held by Matchroom's Eddie Hearn. It was the promotion of Burns' return to the ring for the first time since September when he earned a highly-disputed draw with Ray Beltran, albeit the 30-year-old Scot fought with a broken jaw sustained in round two.

While most observers, as well as Burns, wanted a rematch against the Mexican, Hearn explained they were left with no option but to take on mandatory challenger Crawford.

"Beltran might get his chance in the fight after this fight but Top Rank represent both fighters and they made it clear which fighter they want to fight Ricky Burns," Hearn said.

"Such is Crawford's level, I don't think Ricky can be criticized for not fighting Beltran, it is what he wanted to do but it was not possible. Ricky took a lot of unnecessary stick over the Beltran fight. He broke his jaw in round two. I felt he lost the fight but he was given a draw. But it is not his fault. He had to endure a tremendous amount of pain during that fight but he got through it. Crawford is a much better fighter than Beltran and this is a much tougher fight."

Hearn admits he feared for Burns' future when he saw him lying in hospital nursing his broken jaw.

"When I left hospital that night I was sure that was it for Ricky Burns," he said.

"I don't know what is in a man that makes him want to go back and do it all again.

"That is why fighters are very special. They are tough, tough people.

"Why would he want to go through it again, it is not as if he is struggling for money.

"It's because he is a fighter, that's what he loves to do".

Burns admits he also had some concerns about his future.

He said: "When the surgeons are talking to you, when you see the X-rays, obviously it is going to be in the back of your mind; 'what if I can't fight again, what if it happened again?'

"But once we knew the bone was knitting together, that went out the window.

"The first spar is over with, it has been tested once or twice and the jaw feels fine.

"I have been boxing for 18 years, that was my first serious injury so let's hope it is the last."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ElMeroChingon on 01-13-2014

Crawford is one of the up and coming fighters who has a complete arsenal. Very well rounded set of skills, Burns shouldn't be much of a problem, It's the judges he has to worry about.

Comment by Funky_Monk on 01-13-2014

[QUOTE=shoog;14131006]would anyone be suprised if ricky burns pulls out of this fight last minute, the biitchassness coming from that side of the pond recently has been unreal[/QUOTE] I'm a Brit and I kinda get your angle but Burns is like…

Comment by Hougigo on 01-13-2014

Box smart and box with a sense of urgency. Crawford needs to understand that fighting away from home

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 01-13-2014

Crawford is the real deal... This will be his coming out party

Comment by US Dirk Killer on 01-13-2014

Crawford is going to KO Burns

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