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Ricky Burns Likes The Calm Build For Laryea Fight

Ricky Burns is enjoying the calm before the storm of Saturday night when he will defend his WBO super-featherweight title against Joseph Laryea at the Braehead Arena.

Over the past couple of months the Coatbridge fighter has put in hundreds of miles on the road, countless hours in the gym and numerous rounds of sparring in the ring.

Now the 27-year-old is ticking over until he comes face to face with the rangy Ghanaian.

He said: "The countdown is on now and once the weigh-in is over I can concentrate fully on the fight, so roll on Saturday night.

"The training has eased off in this last week.

"All the hard work is done, training now is light and fast.

"Even my runs are slow. No more sprinting.

"I am saving my body for Saturday night and I can't wait for the fight to take place."

Burns admits he is uncomfortable with the praise heaped up on him by others, including trainer Billy Nelson.

If, as expected, the 27-year-old Coatbridge fighter comes out on top he has been promised a unification fight against South Africa's IBF belt holder Mzonke Fana some time in the summer.

According to Nelson, victory in that fight would mean Burns will have proved himself better than Scottish ring legends like Benny Lynch, Ken Buchanan and Jim Watt.

Scotland's current world champion though, is uncomfortable with being mentioned among such boxing greats.

"Other people have told me what Billy has said but I am always the last person to praise me," said Burns, speaking at Nelson's Fighting Scots gym on the outskirts of Glasgow.

"I just get embarrassed by it all.

"I am getting used to the media attention, that doesn't bother me anymore.

"But when people are talking you up, I just feel myself cringing a bit sometimes.

"And when people praise you it puts that little bit pressure on you.

"I don't see it as a big deal. I see myself as a normal guy. I treat boxing like my job.

"Everyone knows what I am like. I like to keep myself to myself and do my talking in the ring."

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