Burns-Di Rocco Now For Vacant WBA 140-Pound 'Super' Title

By Elliot Foster

Ricky Burns and Michele Di Rocco have had their clash upgraded.

The pair, who meet at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on May 28, were scheduled to do battle for the WBA super lightweight title, which is vacant.

But Boxing Scene has learned that the fight, which is topping a bill aptly named ‘History In The Making’, live on Sky Sports, has now been handed added significance.


Coatbridge man Burns (39-5-1, 13 KOs) is bidding to become a three-weight world champion, having previously won global honours at super featherweight and lightweight, when he takes on Italy’s former European champ Di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs), who is undefeated in eight-and-a-half years.

The vacant WBA Super title at super lightweight will now be at stake for the duo after the prize was lost on the scales by previous holder Adrien Broner earlier this month when he failed to make weight for his clash against London-born Ashley Theophane, who he stopped inside nine rounds at DC Armoury in Washington on April 1.

Should Burns come out victorious next month, he will go down in the history books as the first Scot ever to win world titles at three different weights in the sport.

The chief support contest is a British super lightweight title battle between holder Tyrone Nurse and Willie Limond, while the undercard for the show is headed by British, WBO European and WBC International bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett.

Elsewhere, John Ryder, Lewis Paulin and Joe Ham will feature alongside Charlie Flynn and Matchroom Boxing’s newest star Conor Benn, who stopped his opponent inside a round on his debut last weekend.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by glenn mcrory on 04-12-2016

lol Touched a couple of nerves I see... [QUOTE=rudy;16604384]LOL my are u serious Benavidez who got a gift over Herrea has even defened the title i thought he retired Americans are just dumb as England as more world champions :peeright::gay::unitedsta[/QUOTE]…

Comment by r1onnie2 on 04-12-2016

I don't even have words, so sad.

Comment by giacomino on 04-12-2016

[QUOTE=chepboxingking;16604626]Wait, what..? Isn't Ricky Burns on like a 7351fight losing streak, yet he's fighting for the super champion status with a major sanctioned organization? These organizations are a joke! Now I see why fighters don't really care and relinquish them[/QUOTE]…

Comment by gee73 on 04-12-2016

[QUOTE=asgarth;16604499]WBA is just ridiculous, some weeks ago, they announced to get rid of the regular title in an effort to limit the number of champions. Then shortly after Burns and Di Rocco was initially sanctioned as a WBA regular title…

Comment by chepboxingking on 04-12-2016

Wait, what..? Isn't Ricky Burns on like a 7351fight losing streak, yet he's fighting for the super champion status with a major sanctioned organization? These organizations are a joke! Now I see why fighters don't really care and relinquish them

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