By Elliot Foster
Ricky Burns will be back in action next month.
The 50-fight veteran has been out of the ring since June.
Burns stopped Ivan Njegac in Newcastle in his first fight since losing to Anthony Crolla a year ago.
He will break his ring hiatus on November 17 in the United States when his promoter, Eddie Hearn, puts on a card at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Boxing Scene understands that before he was offered the opportunity to fight across the pond, ‘Rickster’ was under consideration by Hearn and his Matchroom Boxing company as a potential opponent for Josh Kelly, the WBA International welterweight champion who is set to return on November 10 at Manchester Arena, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office, as part of the supporting cast to Tony Bellew’s challenge of Oleksandr Usyk for the WBA Super, IBF, WBO, Ring Magazine and WBC world cruiserweight titles.
But the 35-year-old Scot will feature on a card that is set to be topped by two title fights to be revealed in due course.
Brandon Rios will face Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s brother, Ramon Alvarez, on the bill, while there will be action for Gabriel Rosado against Luis Arias and Anthony Sims Jr. will look to continue his rise in the paid ranks.
IN OTHER NEWS: Lucien Reid heads into his first fight in more than a year on Saturday – and the unbeaten former amateur sensation feels primed to begin the march to major titles.
Super-bantamweight ‘Lethal’ (7-0-KO4) returns against Rafael Castillo at the Brentwood Centre live on BT Sport and is keen to kickstart a swift rise up the ranks under trainer Adam Booth.
Reid said: “There’s been a lot of frustration. I’ve got a baby boy to provide for. He goes on YouTube and watches me fight. I’m not the type of person to let emotion dictate to me in the ring, though.
“I know what I’m capable of doing. With the amateur background I’ve got, I know that when I start letting my hands go I’m going to start bashing this guy up. There won’t be any emotion in it, though.
“It’s mad but I still get people asking the promoters and inboxing me on social media asking when I’m fighting. People know my class and now it’s just about me going out there and showing it.
“Once this fight is out of the way, I’ll hopefully have another one before the end of the year. If that’s the case then I’ll only have a few days off before going straight back into training.
“Over the next 12 months, I want to win the British title at the bare minimum. I want as many titles as possible.”