By Edward Chaykovsky
WBA junior welterweight world champion Ricky Burns (41-5-1, 14 KOs) is itching to get his hands on IBF, IBO champion Julius Indongo (21-0, 11 KOs).
The fight takes place on April 15th from The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Burns has a lot of options on the table, including a title defense against former champion Paulie Malignaggi, but his "dream fight" was a unification with one of the other champions.
Burns last fought in October, when he won a tough twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh.
Indongo last fought in December, when he traveled to Russia to pull off one of the most eye catching knockouts, and upsets, of 2016. With a single punch, he knocked undefeated Eduard Troyanovsky out cold in 40 seconds to capture the IBF, IBO belts.
“I can’t wait for it now,” Burns told the Coatbridge Advertiser. “Only three weeks to go - this is where we really get into it."
“For me it’s a dream to be able to unify the belts - it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I can’t wait to get in that ring. There was a chance for another couple of fights, but when the unification fight came up I knew it was right. People have told me it’s a huge risk to take on Indongo. He is a big, strong fighter, and I had chances to take on other guys - but I wanted this.
“These are the kinds of fights that you want as a boxer. Throughout my career I’ve never been someone to take an easy option. I think these are the kinds of fights that bring out the best in me as a fighter. The harder the task, the bigger the occasion, the better I have performed, that’s what I want to happen against Indongo. It will be a great to come back with the titles. I should be a good laugh and a great night. For me, right now my full focus is on the fight.”