Ricky Burns v Julius Indongo: Scot ready for 'biggest fight'
By Michael Cantillon
Last Updated: 13/04/17 3:18pm
Ricky Burns says his upcoming unification bout with Julius Indongo in Glasgow is the biggest fight of his career as he attempts to unify the super lightweight division.
Burns will fight Indongo for the chance to add the Namibian's IBF title to his WBA crown in Glasgow's Hydro Arena on Saturday, looking to become the first Scot ever to unify the division.
Burns is looking to become only the second Scottish fighter ever to unify a division, after Ken Buchanan held both the WBA and WBC lightweight titles in 1971.
The 34-year-old spoke live to Sky Sports News HQ on Thursday after the press conference for the fight, responding to Indongo's claims that he was over the hill.
"Let him say what he wants," Burns said. "We're only a couple of days away from the fight now, I'll do my talking in the ring.
"I couldn't even understand him [at the press conference]. I wasn't paying much attention to it, it was quite respectful, I don't think he's like that at all so people can expect a good fight here."
Burns heads into the fight aware that it is a battle of opposites in terms of experience though, with the Scot having fought at world title level for seven years, while Indongo has only ever had one world title fight, which lasted less than a minute.
Asked if Saturday's clash was the biggest of his career, Burns said: "100 per cent. I said it as soon as the fight was made, for me this is the biggest fight.
"These unification fights have been spoken about my whole career, now we're just about there so I couldn't be happier with the way all the preparations have gone. I just want to get in and get on with it."
Indongo dispatched former champion Eduard Troyanovsky in Russia in his last fight, earning the IBF and IBO super lightweight titles, and Burns' promoter Eddie Hearn has warned a tough fight is ahead.
"It's massive [for Scotland]. Every time we come here [Glasgow] it's such a huge event," Hearn added to Sky Sports News HQ.
"He [Burns] made history last year when he became the first Scot to win three different division world titles, now he looks to become the first Scot to unify the division as well, and that's something I know Ricky Burns cares about.
"He wants to win belts, he wants to achieve those dreams and create a legacy for himself in the sport.
"Indongo is a very very tough fighter, undefeated, we saw his big win in Russia on the road, but Glasgow isn't Russia.
"Let me tell you these guys make a different kind of atmosphere in this Hydro arena. There'll be around eight thousand in there, it's going to be an incredible night of boxing and I believe Ricky Burns is going to do it.
"We've had calls from the likes of Adrien Broner, everybody in the division is watching this fight because the winner is going to walk away with belts and be a real big target but this is a very tough fight, a 50-50 fight, and one we believe our man is going to do the business for on Saturday.
"They are two world class fighters, may the best man win."
Watch Ricky Burns vs Julius Indongo from the SSE Hydro, Glasgow, on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports 2HD from 7.30pm.