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Joseph Laryea Plans To Expose Ricky Burns' Weaknesses

Joseph Laryea claims he has a "secret weapon" that will alleviate any worries about judging in Saturday night's WBO super-featherweight title fight with champion Ricky Burns at the Braehead Arena.

On the same evening that Burns defended his title in the same arena against Andreas Evensen in December, the Ghanaian beat Paul Appleby for the vacant WBO intercontinental super-featherweight championship.

The African, 25, appeared to be a clear winner having used a powerful jab to bludgeon the South Queensferry boxer for most of the fight.

However, one judge scored it 115-113 for Appleby while two scored it 116-112 and 117-111 in favour of Laryea - who vowed to make sure Saturday's judges will have no influence.

"The thing I remember about the Appleby fight was the judging," said Laryea through an interpreter.

"One judge gave it to Appleby and I think that was very wrong.

"I have watched the fight over and over again and I can't believe that judge.

"I am worried about the judges. I hope they give us better ones this time, who will score the fight the way they see it.

"But also, I have a secret weapon that we want to show on Saturday.

"We want to take it out of the hands of the judges, that's what we will do.

"So either I get knocked out or Ricky gets knocked out.

"But we will try to take it out of the hands of the judges."

Laryea believes he was not given due credit for his victory over the highly-rated Appleby but believes that might work in his favour against Burns, who is making his second defence.

"I still feel that I am not getting the respect that I deserve," said the African who will have height and reach advantage over the Coatbridge champion.

"But in a way I am very happy about that.

"I know I am the underdog but I am are here to win and I am very confident.

"Ricky is a good fighter but I am also a good fighter.

"And when I get in the ring, everyone else will see the weaknesses I have seen in him.

"Ricky is a human being just like me but he doesn't have the heart that I have. He will fight his fight and I will fight mine and I will come out on top.

"I like the way my life has changed over the last couple of months and I still want to live this life.

"I am living the dream and want to continue to live the dream.

"Come Saturday, I will definitely win."

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