Ricky Burns shrugs off Adrien Broner news and stays focused on Kiryl Relikh
By Isaac Robinson
Last Updated: 05/10/16 5:49am
WBA world super-lightweight champion Ricky Burns has dismissed talk of a clash with Adrien Broner as he prepares to face Kiryl Relikh.
The 33-year-old (40-5-1-KO14) defends his title in Glasgow on Friday - live on Sky Sports 2 from 8pm - and is determined to play down having the controversial Broner (32-2-KO24) ringside on a scouting mission.
With heavy-handed Belarussian Relikh (21-0-KO19) in his sights, Burns told Sky Sports HQ: "It's all anyone seems to be asking all week. He's announced that he's coming over for the fight, apparently.
"I've said when I'm doing my interviews that I can't entertain any of it now. They all seem to be looking past Kiryl but he's got my full attention.
"If I don't come through this then these big fights aren't going to happen and we know we've got a tough fight on our hands Friday night so we're concentrating on that for now.
"My attitude towards training is still the same. If you ask Tony [Sims] or any of the guys I train with then they all say that I'm off my nut sometimes with the way I'm pushing myself all the time in every session.
"I'm always ready for a hard 12 rounds, which we think this is going to be. The best man will win on the night."
Watch Burns v Relikh plus Dillian Whyte v Ian Lewison for the vacant British heavyweight title and more live on Sky Sports 2 this Friday from 8pm