Ricky Burns to face Julius Indongo in Glasgow live on Sky Sports
Last Updated: 11/01/17 2:09pm
Ricky Burns will battle Julius Indongo for the WBA and IBF world super-lightweight titles in a unification clash at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on April 15, live on Sky Sports.
The Scotsman defends his WBA belt against the dangerous Indongo, who ripped the IBF title from Russian Eduard Troyanovsky with a 40 second first-round knockout in Moscow in December.
Burns became Scotland's first ever three-weight world champion when he stopped Michele Di Rocco last May, and successfully defended his WBA title with a points victory over Kiryl Relikh in October.
"When Julius Indongo knocked out Eduard Troyanovsky he was immediately an opponent I was interested in," said Burns. "Indongo can clearly punch and that's an impressive way to win a world title, especially in Russia. It was some shot he hit Troyanovsky with.
There were other names talked about but I wanted the toughest, most dangerous fight out there. Indongo with his two belts was that man.
"It's a huge fight in the division and the kind of fights I need to be involved in at this stage of my career. There were other names talked about but I wanted the toughest, most dangerous fight out there. Indongo with his two belts was that man.
"He is a big, tall, rangy, southpaw but bring it on - I have no fear of anyone and it is only the massive fights for me now.
"Fighting in Glasgow is special for me, the crowd at the SSE Hydro has been electric the last two occasions and I expect it to be no different this time round.
"Their support means the world to me, the crowd has always been behind me and I want to put in a big performance for them again. The last card was really good with some top local talent and I'm excited to see who else is on this one."
Indongo defeated Troyanovsky in his first fight outside of his home country of Namibia and is not concerned about facing Burns in front of a passionate Scottish support.
"It's an absolute honour for me to fight Ricky, who I regard as an accomplished champion," said Indongo.
"I respect what he has achieved so far but I'm going to Scotland to rob him of his belt. I know it won't be easy but I'm comforted by the fact that I have a good team and passionate Namibian fans, and I have every intention of making them smile and unifying the division on April 15."