Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Ricky Burns Expects a Tough Twelve With Kevin Mitchell

Ricky Burns was tipped to be a world champion by boxing legend Marvin Hagler over a decade ago but remains a fighter who hates the fuss.

The WBO lightweight champion, 29, takes on Kevin Mitchell at Glasgow's SECC venue on Saturday night in what will be his 37th professional fight.

However, it was in his winning debut against Woody Greenaway at the city's Kelvin Hall in 2001 that he caught the eye of 'Marvellous' Marvin, the former undisputed world middleweight champion.

At ringside Hagler told Alex Morrison, now Burns' manager, that the boy from Coatbridge would one day be world champion.

Burns has reached the top of the mountain and is looking for his 20th straight win but is still self-effacing and at times "embarrassed" by the attention he receives - no matter when and where it comes from.

"That was actually my first fight at the Kelvin Hall, where Hagler was commentating," he said.

"It is unbelievable that someone like Marvin Hagler would say that but again, stuff like that doesn't really bother me.

"I just want to get in there and get on with my job. I don't really like all the attention and all the spotlight on me.

"All that side, I seem to get embarrassed by it all.

"People have asked me how I have changed since becoming world champion.

"I haven't changed as a person but my attitude towards boxing has.

"I am getting more confident. I am getting stronger and I can see a big improvement.

"Come fight night, it is always good to have your home support but once that first bell goes, I will put it to the back of my mind and get on with the job.

"I think it is going to be a great night."

The friendship between Burns and his Dagenham opponent has been well chronicled in the build-up to the keenly-awaited contest but the champion will not allow that relationship to affect his aims.

He said: "I have known Kevin for a few years, we came through the ranks together and have always been with the same promoter.

"But once you step into that ring it is down to business.

"It is my job. Once I am in there I will do what I need to win.

"I said hello at a conference call last week but there has not been much contact.

"We have a press conference on Thursday and we will speak then but most of the talking will be done in the ring.

"I am expecting a tough 12 rounds but we have prepared for what happens on the night and the fans are in for a treat.

"I would like to say a big thanks to everybody who is coming to SECC and who are watching on Box Nation at home and hopefully I can do the business."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Chrismart on 09-19-2012

I'm still struggling to pick in a winner in this one. Can't wait :boxing:

Comment by ddangerous on 09-19-2012

I got Burns in this one. He's got more mettle, and I think he is too strong for Mitchell.

Comment by MARKBNLV on 09-18-2012

I like Mitchell in the fight,it will be a good fight though.

Comment by 4Corners on 09-18-2012

Broner-DeMarco and Mitchell-Burns. Would love to see the winners fight after this fall.

Comment by Gypsy John Fury on 09-18-2012

Gutted I had to cancel my online BoxNation subscription. Was looking forward to this one but all the fvck ups and errors with logins were too much to handle.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Frank Buglioni Aims To Land Showdown With Nathan Cleverly Mikey Garcia: Broner More Serious, Better Fighter at 140 Pounds Joe Smith, Promoter Eyeing Sergey Kovalev Fight After Barrera Team Pacquiao: Horn is The Guy To KO, Won't Know What Hit Him! Chris Eubank Jr: I Want George Groves Next, I'll Take His Belt! Jeff Horn - Reviewing His Career Path, Which Led To Pacquiao Brook Return Targeted For December, Miguel Cotto Eyed For 2018 UK Boxing: Buglioni vs. Summers, Umar Sadiq, Dale Evans World Boxing Super Series News, Pianeta IBO Title Bout, More Photos: Jeff Horn Receives HUGE Support From Fans at Workout Abel Sanchez: Golovkin Beats Canelo 116-112 or KO's Him Late Pacquiao's Getting Older (But No One's Proved He's Old Yet) Team Rigondeaux: Lomachenko Our Main Target, Ball in His Court! Marquez Seriously Doubts Horn is Capable of a Pacquiao KO Photos: Joe Smith Getting in Top Form For Sullivan Barrera Fortune Tears Apart Horn: He's Just an Opponent, No Dog in Him Photos: Alexander Povetkin Putting in Work For Rudenko Randall Bailey Backs Pacquiao: I've Not Seen Special Factor in Horn Ivan Dychko, Olympic Medal Winner, Decides To Go Pro Photos: Robert Easter, Denis Shafikov - Go Face To Face Victor Ortiz vs. Saul Corral Finalized - PBC on FS1, July 30 Pacquiao: Canelo-GGG is Real Fight, Mayweather-McGregor is Not Miguel Flores vs. Chris Avalos - PBC on FS1, July 18 Roach Laughs at Horn's Record: Who The F*** is Randall Bailey? Photos: Artur Szpilka, Adam Kowancki - Go Face To Face Billy Joe Saunders Drops Adam Booth, Hires Dominic Ingle Taras Shelestyuk Training Hard With Joel Diaz For Return Rey Vargas vs. Ronny Rios Added To Cotto-Kamegai Joshua-Klitschko II - Frontrunner is Las Vegas, Says Hearn Horn's Trainer: Brutal KO Loss to Marquez 'Haunts' Pacquiao Ward-Kovalev Rematch Replay Peaked at 947K Viewers on HBO Claressa Shields vs. Nikki Adler For WBC Title, August 4 on ShoBox De La Hoya: I Actually Hope Mayweather-McGregor is Good Fight Rigondeaux: I'll Sign Contract For Magdaleno Faster Than UPS! Easter: I'll Make it Look Easy and Will Be First To KO Shafikov Mikey Garcia: I'd Be 'A Huge Star in Boxing' If Not for Long Layoff Horn, Promoter Slam Pacquiao For Texting During Entire Presser An Opportunity for Jerwin Ancajas To Impress on Pacquiao Card UK News: Scott Fitzgerald, Ryan Burnett, Ted Cheeseman Roach Warns Horn: This is Going To Be a Short and Sweet KO!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement