Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

UK Insider: Barker-Sturm; Beltran a Real Threat To Burns

By Nick Halling

Darren Barker’s first defence of his IBF middleweight title looks likely to come against former WBA title holder Felix Sturm in London in December. Barker’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, will be having discussions with Sturm’s connections later this week.

“Potentially, we’re looking at 7th December, and its a fight we’d very much like to bring to London,” said Hearn. “It is a 75/25 split in the champion’s favour, and I have no doubt that they will come up with a very tempting offer to make the fight in Germany.  If that happens, we’d consider it, but I think we can bring it to London.” Wembley or Alexandra Palace are the likely venue options.

The December bill in London could also feature Lee Selby’s challenge for the European featherweight title against the Ukrainian Oleg Yefimovych. Purse bids are due by 23rd September. However, Selby must first defend his British and Commonwealth titles against Ryan Walsh next month, when he hopes to win a Lonsdale belt outright.

“We’ll have to see how that goes,” said Hearn,  “but all being well, we’ll try and get Selby and Yefimovych either on the Froch/Groves undercard in November, or possibly as chief support to Barker/Sturm.”

*********************************************************

As if becoming a father last Thursday wasn’t sufficient incentive, Ricky Burns can also earn a place in Scottish boxing history should he successfully defend his WBO lightweight title against Raymundo Beltran in Glasgow on Saturday night.

Victory would represent Burns’ ninth successful world title fight, equalling the record of his compatriot Scott Harrison, whose reign as WBO featherweight king lasted from June 2002 to November 2005. “It’s not something he’s aware of yet, but I’ll make sure he knows about it,” said Burns’ trainer, Billy Nelson. “It will definitely give him a boost.”

Nelson is confident that normal service will be resumed against Beltran, following the scare against Puerto Rican stylist Jose Gonzalez in May. Well behind on the cards at the half-way point, a sluggish Burns survived a torrid seventh round as Gonzalez went for the finish, then showed considerable fortitude to force the Puerto Rican to quit on his stool two rounds later.

However, it had been a flat performance. Nelson is not expecting a repeat this weekend. “It was a case of overtraining, simple as that,” he explained. “With one thing and another, he’d effectively been non-stop in the gym for eight months, and that’s not good. He basically left it in the gym, but still showed great character to turn it around.”

Burns has looked sharp in the buildup to the contest, with quality sparring with the likes of hot prospect Scotty Cardle and former British super featherweight champion Gary Sykes. “I took him on the pads last week, and some of his work was just a blur,” said Nelson. “It was as fast as I’ve ever seen him punch. Gary Sykes, who’s no slouch himself, said it was like a storm coming towards him, just unbelievable.”

Speed may well be the key to this fight, and if Nelson is right, it’s something the 32-year-old Arizona-based Mexican may struggle with. “He’s strong, but he likes to dictate things, and he wont be able to do that against Ricky,” said Nelson. “Burns is just so much quicker than Beltran. He’ll be feeling his years by half way, and I’d expect a stoppage in the second half of the fight. The speed Ricky is generating right now would give any lightweight in the world a hard time, it’s frightening.”

The ultra-professional Burns barely took a break following the birth of his son, being back on the pads next day. Quality family time is on the agenda once Beltran has been disposed of. “We’re taking it one fight at a time, as we always do,” said Nelson, “but there’s a lot more to come from Ricky Burns.”

**********************************************************

One man perfectly placed to run the rule over Burns and Beltran is Lytham-based lightweight Scotty Cardle. The unbeaten young prospect sparred Beltran at the Wild Card gym in LA last year, and also spent a week sparring with Burns in preparation for Saturday’s contest.

“When I first went in with Beltran, I was shocked by his power,” said Cardle. “We’re in the same division, but it was like boxing someone two weights above me. He’s a very strong guy. He’s no mug, definitely world class.”

Cardle believes that it will be a difficult fight for Burns, but expects the defending champion to come through it. “If they take Beltran lightly, they’ll be in trouble, but I didn’t get the feeling that they were underestimating him,” he said of his week at Burns’s Glasgow camp. “I had a great spar with Ricky, but it was non-stop all the way, relentless. Obviously I’m not at his level, but his power when he comes in is really special. I tried everything I knew, but I just couldn’t push him back. Ricky’s got the fitness, the stamina, everything he needs to stay on top of Beltran. He’ll break his heart.”

Cardle boxes on the undercard in Glasgow, an eight rounder against another young prospect, Gary Fox. “I’ve watched him a few times and I won’t underestimate him,” he said. “Technically he’s not as good as me, but he’s very strong, and this is a big stage for him. He’ll want to step up, and I cant let that happen.”

A professional for 18 months, the accomplished amateur has a perfect 11-fight record to his name, and won the English lightweight title in his last contest, a gritty 10-round struggle past a determined Maxi Hughes in April. “I’ve had a good rest, and I hope this will be a big year for me. I’d like to win the English title by Christmas, then hopefully be ready for the British title this time next year. But I’m in a talented division, and there’s no rush. I’m stepping up nicely, and am very happy with the way my career is developing.”

Nick Halling is a commentator for Sky Sports

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DoktorSleepless on 09-05-2013

[QUOTE=The Weebler I;13710467]Geale and? I thought Geale won that fight.[/QUOTE] He lost the Solimon fight. That's two straight fights in the a row he lost in Germany.

Comment by petero on 09-04-2013

I don't see Strum weathering the fight crazy Brit crowd too well. Barker would rise to a new level, as he has shown he gets better every fight.

Comment by Simurgh on 09-04-2013

I actually think that if Sturm can get his form from 2 years ago he wins this one.

Comment by Weebler I on 09-04-2013

[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;13710448]Sturm has had his share of debateable decisions swung against him on his hometurf actually. He's not popular with the judges.[/QUOTE] Geale and? I thought Geale won that fight.

Comment by BattlingNelson on 09-04-2013

[QUOTE=The Weebler I;13710198]It would need to be a lot, because the last place Barker wants to go after winning world title is Germany.[/QUOTE] Sturm has had his share of debateable decisions swung against him on his hometurf actually. He's not…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (14)
Top Headlines Jeff Horn, Lenny Zappavigna Lead Aussie Charge This Weekend Enrico Koelling vs. Ryno Liebenberg Rematch on February 4 Joshua-Molina: Conor Benn To Face Steven Backhouse Amir Khan Hangs Back as Family Dispute Erupts on Social Media UFC's White: 50 Cent Told Me Mayweather Really Wants McGregor Anthony Joshua: I Put Away Molina, I'll Fulfill My Destiny in 2017 Felix Diaz Ready For Stay Busy Fight With Morales in Santa Domingo Jason Quigley Aims To Finish Off 2016 With a Bang Mikey Garcia: If Top Rank Makes Fair Deal, I'll Face Lomachenko Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Moises Flores Purse Bid on December 19 Parker's Trainer Sees Ruiz Clash as Heavyweight Fight of The Year Knockout Season 3 Slated For April 2017 Premiere Kirkland's Manager: Wolfe Will Make Difference for Cotto Fight Video: John Molina Feels Very Ready To Stun Terence Crawford Photos: Roach vs. Garcia, Breadman vs. Shields - Go Face To Face Video: Terence Crawford Aims To Impress in Molina Showdown Photos: Joseph Parker, Andy Ruiz - Face To Face at Final Presser Chavez Jr: I Want To Prove That I'm Ready For Elite Boxing Again Photos: Terence Crawford, John Molina Hold Open Workouts Chocolatito's Manager Gives Update on Trainer Situation Arum Paid Creighton Step-Aside Money to Set Crawford-Molina Golovkin-Jacobs Deal Won’t Be Done Today; 12/19 Purse Bid Looms Video: Luis Ortiz Talks Allen Fight, Joshua, Wilder, Scott, Matchroom British Board Will Take Action Over Chisora-Whyte Presser Chaos Photos: Bernard Hopkins New York Media Tour For Final Fight Rob Brant vs. George Carter on January 20 in Hinckley, Minnesota Photo: Roy Jones Jr., Bobby Gunn Face Off at Kickoff Presser Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora To Weigh-In Separately On Friday Video: Dereck Chisora Explains Why He Threw Table at Whyte Photos: Chisora Throws Table at Whyte, Chaos Erupts at Presser Misael Rodriguez, Bronze Medal Winner, Inks With Schaefer Jessie Vargas: Facing Pacquiao Will Make Me a Better Fighter Bermane Stiverne: All The Pressure is on Povetkin, I Will KO Him! Dereck Chisora Throws Table At Whyte During Presser Trainer: Biggest Fight For Charlo At 154 (Canelo) Won't Happen Crawford's Trainer: We Won't Get Pacquiao If It’s Up to Roach Andy Ruiz: I Will Die Trying To Beat Joseph Parker For That Belt! Joshua: I'm The Guy Who Should Beat Klitschko - I'll Prove It! Video: Dillian Whyte Shreds "D*ck" Dereck Chisora, Vows KO Win George Groves vs. Fedor Chudinov For Vacant WBA Title Ordered
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement