Ricky Burns is Expecting a Tough Fight With Ocampo
Ricky Burns will face Jose Ocampo in his latest world title defence after the Filipino was drafted in as replacement for the injured Liam Walsh.
Burns had been due to defend his WBO lightweight belt against Walsh next month until the Norfolk-based fighter hurt his back in a road accident.
Ocampo, rated 14 in the world by the WBO, will now face Burns at London's ExCeL on December 15.
The 23-year-old challenger has suffered five defeats, but most of them came in his teenage years, and 12 of his 17 victories have come inside the distance.
Should he win, Burns has been lined up for a unification fight with unbeaten American Adrien Broner, who added to his growing reputation by securing the WBC lightweight title this month.
The Scot, who swept aside Kevin Mitchell in four rounds in September, said in a statement: "I'd say that this is going to be the hardest fight of my career so far against a young hungry challenger who will be looking to take my title.
"Filipino fighters are as tough as they come, just look at (Manny) Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire, like the Mexicans and Africans they come to have a fight and Ocampo will do just that.
"If he fights like those two, as people say he does, then I'll be in for a tough night.
"It's unfortunate that Walsh had an accident and had to pull out of our fight, but I'm a world champion and I have to deal with these changes and I'm confident I'll deal with Ocampo."
Promoter Frank Warren added: "It's going to be hard for Ricky. He's been training to face Walsh and in an ideal world he would have had more time to prepare for the different style that Ocampo will bring.
"He can't afford to slip up, though, we are virtually there with the fight against Broner for next year and that will only happen if he comes through against Ocampo."
No point getting mad about this, by April of next year Burns won't be champion anymore.Comment by vxrandall on 12-03-2012
[QUOTE=mikeMack;12764760]Burns is boxings biggest joke[/QUOTE] No. Thatwould be cleverly. Audley second. Burns could make top 5 if he keeps coming out with statements like this. He better keeping his mouth shut, knocking the guy over and hoping that fwank delivers…Comment by ddangerous on 12-03-2012
If I'm Burns, and I am seriously intending on challenging Broner, then I am trying to fight the best available title contenders before that in an effort to try and prepare so that I don't make a complete ass of…Comment by Hougigo on 12-03-2012
[QUOTE=Boxing1706;12764420]They should make a ruling that nobody ranked outside the top ten of any governing body can challenge for a world title,that will put a stop these joke fights.I mean Ricky Burns is suposed to be a world champion why…Comment by mikeMack on 12-03-2012
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