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Alex Arthur: Ricky Burns Need To Have Bigger Fights

Former world champion Alex Arthur believes WBO lightweight king Ricky Burns (35-2, 10KOs) needs bigger fights. He says the previously scheduled matches with Jose Ocampo, and Liam Walsh, were below the proper standards of who the champion should be fighting.

"It doesn't look good. You would think he would have a named opponent by now - and a top caliber name," said Arthur to BBC Scotland.

"The two matches that were made for him were relatively small by his standards. I think Ricky will want bigger fights than that. It's really important for him that he competes at a higher level than the fights he's recently been scheduled at."

There were discussions to make a unification with WBC champion Adrien Broner, but the two sides could not agree on the financial terms.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dantheman1983 on 01-02-2013

Warren loves a WBO European World champ. May as well ditch Warren and cash out.

Comment by knockoutking565 on 01-02-2013

Burns should go to Matchroom, Eddie Hearn will get burns big fights and actually make a big deal about him, he would have burns headlining bills with a good build up and fighting top lightweights unlike frank warren who has…

Comment by TGD on 01-02-2013

[QUOTE=Mick Higgs;12879627]Unfortunatlly Burns has the same problem as Nathan Cleverley IE-Frank Warren. Both need American promotors if there to get unification fights & gain any credibility.[/QUOTE] Spot on. Said it many times, he needs to get away from Warren. As…

Comment by chocolate on 01-02-2013

[QUOTE=The Weebler II;12879632]Ocampo and Walsh will fight him in the UK, Broner will not. If Broner was coming to the UK he would want to get paid, if Burns is going to the US the same applies. Burns through his…

Comment by chocolate on 01-02-2013

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;12879649]He's never made even half of that in any of his fights I bet.[/QUOTE] Yep the most Ricky Burns has made is around £200,000 against Kevin Mitchell, Burn's manager Alex Morrison has said they will only take the Broner fight…

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