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Ricky Burns Wants Mzonke Fana Ring Title Showdown

Ricky Burns will urge his manager and promoter to get him his dream fight against South Africa's Mzonke Fana.

The Coatbridge boxer, 27, successfully defended his WBO super-featherweight title against Joseph Laryea at the Braehead Arena on Saturday night after the Ghanaian retired at the end of the seventh round due to a damaged hand.

Burns wants a unification bout against Fana in order to get his hands on the IBF title and the Ring Magazine belt and he will ask manager Alex Morrison and promoter Frank Warren to make it happen.

"Everybody knows I would love to fight for that Ring magazine belt," said the champion.

"Any boxer would love to get out there and fight for that Rocky belt, that's what we call it. I would love to have that round my waist.

"I'll be speaking to Alex and speaking to Frank and see if they can make the fight happen.

"The Ring ratings have got Mzonke Fana as number one and I'm number two.

"It's nothing personal, I'm sure he would love to try and unify the division as well.

"I was reading from his camp that they were saying all Frank Warren has to do is get in touch with them, so fingers crossed he can get it pulled off."

Burns admits he would welcome the chance of an open-air contest in the summer.

"Airdrie's stadium would be ideal, it's only five minutes from my house and I'm sure we could get that packed out with 14,000 or 15,000," he said.

"I think Frank and Alex Morrison are both interested in getting it on now because there was talk about it before this fight.

"When I mentioned it at first, Frank said I should let him get the right fights for me at the right time.

"But I know Airdrie football stadium was mentioned, and I read on the internet that Fana's camp is interested in the fight.

"I can concentrate on that now I've got Joseph Laryea out the way."

It was a tricky night for Burns against the awkward and rangy African who was warned several times for the use of the head.

However, the Coatbridge fighter was happy with the way he dealt with the challenger in what was the second defence of his title.

"He was being dirty with his head but we expected a tough fight," said Burns.

"Although he's not a one-punch knockout artist, he was a hard puncher.

"When I thought I was out of distance he was catching with me the odd jab.

"But I knew when I upped the pace he wanted to get out of there and I thought it was a matter of time before the fight get stopped.

"We had worked on keeping the punches long and straight and when I got the chance, banging them into the body, but also doubling them up on the head and body.

"Billy Nelson (trainer) was saying I should have been doing a lot more of it, especially in the last couple of rounds.

"That's when I started picking up the pace and it got the job done."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jim Tom on 03-14-2011

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;10228609]Ricky Burns will urge his manager and promoter to get him his dream fight against South Africa's Mzonke Fana. [[URL=http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&id=36957]Click Here To Read More[/URL]][/QUOTE] Mzonke whoops his retarded ass.Hope the fight's made in Johannesburg,too much home cooking in Europe

Comment by RonSigPi on 03-14-2011

What kind of $ would it take to make this fight? Anyone have any insights/reasonable thoughts?

Comment by taansend on 03-14-2011

[QUOTE=jjbj2;10230586]How come Ricky Burns isn't consider as a pound for pound candidate? This guy is making noise in the Super Featherweight division and no props for him. Seriously, the U.S. has to stop being so U.S.-centric and be global it…

Comment by jjbj2 on 03-14-2011

How come Ricky Burns isn't consider as a pound for pound candidate? This guy is making noise in the Super Featherweight division and no props for him. Seriously, the U.S. has to stop being so U.S.-centric and be global it…

Comment by Rpgboxen on 03-13-2011

It would be great if Ricky Burns could become the lineal champion in the junior lightweight division (130lbs) and could collect fana's IBF title as well. Frank Warren is going to have to shell out some dough to bring Fana…

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