Ricky Burns is hopeful a rematch against Terence Crawford can be arranged
Ricky Burns admitted that the better fighter won after losing his WBO world lightweight title to Terence Crawford.
Last Updated: 02/03/14 4:32pm
Crawford secured a unanimous points victory after dominating the contest but Burns says he would be keen to face the undefeated 26-year-old again.
"It was a tricky fight in there," he said. "Very awkward, especially with the switch-hitting. I found it hard to get my shots off.
"The best man won on the night but I'll be back. First thing I said to Eddie (Hearn, promoter) after the fight was 'we'll be chasing for a rematch'. Hopefully, we can get that sorted.
"I took a good body shot in one of the rounds but I managed to recover and I also took a head shot. I have proved I can take it.
"I said beforehand the jaw (which he broke against Joey Beltran in his last fight) might be in the back of my mind but I went out and got on with it, and the better man won on the night.
"He boxed well, good on him. You can see why he's being touted as the next big thing in America.
"There are some big fights out there here for me as well, but my first choice would be to get a rematch.
"I feel I belong at world level, I think I proved that tonight.
"The weight division is buzzing, at world level, and over here, so there are big fights out there. I'll be back in the gym in a couple of weeks, raring to go."
Crawford thinks a rematch is a real possibility and said: "Oh yeah, talk to my promoter and we can do it again."
The American was thrilled with his achievement after the bout and added: "I'm lost for words. And I'm happy, as long as I got that belt.
"It means everything, we haven't had a champion in Omaha, Nebraska for centuries.
"We knew Ricky had a nice jab so we were trying to throw him off his jab. We trained really hard, so I wasn't worried about going 12 rounds."
Hearn praised Crawford's display but added: "Ricky Burns will be back and he will get another crack at a world title for sure."