Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Ricky Burns Pumped For Beltran, Eyes American Run

Ricky Burns insists he will not let hopes of fulfilling his American dream deter him from his fourth defence of his world title against Raymundo Beltran.

It was confirmed on Wednesday that the WBO lightweight champion will face the highly-rated Mexican at the SECC in Glasgow on September 7.

The Scotsman's last outing in his home city last month saw him survive a scare against Jose Gonzalez as the Puerto Rican rattled the Coatbridge fighter before inexplicably retiring ahead of the 10th round.

The 30-year-old's promoter Eddie Hearn says the test posed by Beltran - who has won 28 of his 34 fights, including 17 stoppages - could be just what is needed to finally persuade US broadcasters that Burns is box-office material.

He said: "This is a real credible fight that a lot of people will take notice of in America. They have seen a lot of Beltran and they like what they see. Check him out on YouTube, he's great to watch.

"He's a come-forward fighter, very tough, very aggressive. He likes to stand and trade and is coming off the back of three great wins. He beat Hank Lundy who is a big prospect in America. He also beat Ji-Hoon Kim who is a former World Champion.

"If I can I always want to keep Ricky in Scotland. The atmosphere is fantastic. Short-term, he will be here for the next two fights. But when you see the interest from people like HBO for Ricky to fight at Madison Square Gardens, that is something at some point in your career you want to achieve.

"At some point in the future he will go fight in America."

Burns has long stated that his dream is to one day fight in either New York of Las Vegas for the coveted Ring Magazine title but he insists Hearn's long-term plans are not for him to consider just yet.

"That's the sort of thing that you want to hear your promoter saying - talking about big fights and going to America," said Burns. "But I've always said one fight at a time.

"I know I've got a tough fight here and if I don't come through on September 7 then these fights aren't going to happen.

"So right now, Beltran has my full attention. I treat all my opponents with the respect they deserve. We know this will be a hard fight and I need to go out and win it first.

"Once I do that, we can look ahead at what's to come. But until my arm is raised, all the talks on that are on hold."

Burns returned from an eight-month absence to battle past Gonzalez, with Hearn putting his sluggish display down to ring rustiness.

But the fighter himself insists he will not be making an excuses this time.

He said: "It's going to be a very hard fight. He's a tough fighter and is ranked in the top 10 in most of the world rankings. You're not a chief sparring partner with Manny Pacquiao for no reason.

"My attitude for this fight will not change. I will prepare for a hard 12 rounds but the Scottish fans are in for a treat and a great night of boxing.

"When I fight I have always got doubters but I just go out to get the win and that is the main thing. A lot of people were saying after the last fight that I don't have a chance in the big fights. But for this fight I won't make the mistakes I made last time."

Burns has made it usual practice to keep his scouting work on future opponents to a minimum, preferring to work out their respective styles in the early rounds of each match.

However, after his Gonzalez scare - which saw him survive a furious onslaught in the seventh round at the Emirates Arena - he has admitted to a slight re-think.

"I've seen a couple of clips of Beltran fighting and I think this will be the only time I will maybe watch one or two of his fights," said the Scot. "But after that I will just be working on what I've got to do."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ippo on 06-26-2013

I hope beltran can do it.

Comment by Weebler I on 06-26-2013

Crawford should travel to Scotland to fight Burns (assuming he beats Beltran).

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Katie Taylor To Fight on Joshua-Klitschko, Possibly Golovkin-Jacobs David Lemieux vs. Curtis Stevens Set For March 11, HBO Joshua vs. Klitschko - Over 80,000 Tickets Sold Team Ramirez: Zurdo Has What it Takes To KO Jack or DeGale! Juan Carlos Payano Eyes Trilogy With Rau'Shee Warren Badou Jack Moving Up To 175-Pounds; Wants Adonis Stevenson Mayweather: Not Looking to Make Gervonta Davis-Lomachenko Badou Jack-James DeGale: Post-Fight Report Card Kell Brook: My Team Wants Me To Go To 154 Pounds Tyrone Nurse: It'll Be Great To Be A Big Attraction Mayweather Believes Broner Can Become The Next PPV Star Qudratillo Abduqaxorov Will Face Viktor Plotnykov on February 10 Trainer: Lara or Charlo Have a Great Chance To Beat Golovkin Dennis Ceylan vs. Isaac Lowe Euro Title Clash on March 18 Lomachenko-Corrales is The Target For April 8 or 15, Says Arum "Fighting Words" - One Prospect Rises Fast, Another Falls Hard Canelo's Trainer Expects The "Best Version" of Chavez Jr. on May 6 Gervonta Davis: I Showed Pedraza What Sharks Do in Deep Waters Jack Doesn’t Dispute Judges Scoring First Round 10-8 for DeGale Gervonta Davis vs. Jose Pedraza - CompuBox Punch Stats Joshua vs. Klitschko - U.S. TV Deal By Month's End, Says Hearn Badou Jack vs. James DeGale - CompuBox Punch Stats Jack: Ref Threatened to Disqualify DeGale for Losing Mouthpiece Mayweather: Do I want to sign DeGale? Abso-f*****g-lutely Video: Hearn Reacts To Mayweather, Talks Jack vs. DeGale Video: Carl Froch Reacts To Jack-DeGale, Talks Canelo-Chavez Jack: All I Want Is for Them To Treat Me Fair; Look at His Face Juan Carlos Payano Returns With a Win, Aims For Active 2017 Video: Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Looking To Sign James DeGale Jack, Mayweather Agree There's No Need for Rematch With DeGale Mayweather is Livid: We Don’t Pay Judges, Like Other Promoters Jason Sosa's Promoter Would Love Orlando Salido Showdown Photos: Gervonta Davis Batters, Stops Jose Pedraza For IBF Title DiBella: No Problem With Jack-DeGale Draw, Mayweather's Reaction Photos: James DeGale, Badou Jack Go To War - HUGE Gallery Broner: Pacquiao Needs Me More Now; Would Do Crazy PPV Numbers Photos: Immanuwel Aleem Blasts Out Ievgen Khytrov in Stunner Frank Warren Has Very High Hopes With Daniel Dubois Video: Mayweather, Adrien Broner Hold Court With The Media Video: Mayweather Fires Shots at Oscar De La Hoya Over Canelo
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement