Ricky Burns hopes for more big name fights in Scotland

Last Updated: 22/03/13 3:52pm

Ricky Burns hopes to serve up more thrilling fights in Scotland as he prepares to return to the ring on May 11.

Burns has been absent from the ring since September after two fights fell through, but has linked up with new promoter Eddie Hearn and will be back in action against an unnamed opponent in his home country.

"There is talk about these big unification fights, (Miguel) Vazquez, Adrien Broner. Eddie Hearn wants to build my profile up in Scotland and possibly bring one of these over to Glasgow."

Ricky Burns

In his last fight, Burns delighted his fans with an explosive knockout win over British rival Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow and the Coatbridge man is hungry for more big-name battles on his own patch.

Burns told skysports.com: "When I first spoke to Eddie Hearn, he saw the support I had in my last fight in Glasgow against Kevin Mitchell, he wants to build on that.

"There is talk about these big unification fights, (Miguel) Vazquez, Adrien Broner. He wants to build my profile up in Scotland and possibly bring one of these over to Glasgow.

"Home support for a big fight like that would play in my favour. If we can get another couple of fights over here, against good opponents. I want to be in proper 50-50 fights and Eddie Hearn knows that as well.

"I'm excited about what he wants to do, get these big fights in Glasgow."


Burns could be asked to defend his WBO lightweight belt against mandatory challenger Jose Gonzalez, but IBF champion Miguel Vazquez might be back in the running as a possible opponent.

Vazquez pulled out of a unification clash, scheduled for this month, but Burns hinted that he could finally get to face the Mexican in his next fight.

"I've heard they have narrowed it down to three opponents, my mandatory is Jose Gonzalez from Puerto Rico. He is undefeated in 22 fights with 17 knockouts. I had a look at him on YouTube and he looks a big puncher.

"I think the WBO are trying to insist I fight him next. I've heard it went to purse bids.

"I know they are in talks, but there are another two names that are being mentioned. Vazquez is still in the picture. His name was mentioned to me that's all I'm saying."

Adrien Broner has also been linked with a fight against Burns and the WBC king reiterated his interest in the showdown after halting the brave Gavin Rees in five rounds last month.

Burns has admitted that talks have begun about a fight with the American later in the year.

"There's still talk about this fight happening," he said. "When I was speaking to Eddie he said his team have actually been in touch to see about it. Would I be interested in it.

"Eddie's said my next fight is definitely in Glasgow. But it's a possibility for later on in the year."

Burns still keeps a close eye on the domestic scene and is expecting another exciting encounter when Anthony Crolla battles Derry Mathews in a rematch on May 30, live on Sky Sports.

Both fighters were hurt before Mathews stopped Crolla in the sixth round and Burns believes the return bout will be evenly contested.

"I've sparred with both of them. The two of them are cracking lads. I think the fans and both of them know that it's going to be the same kind of fight as the last time," he said.

"I think the two of them know that they are going to go out there and go for it.

"Obviously Derry, he's been training up in Scotland for his last couple of fights and I heard his training has been going really well for this fight.

"Anthony, I think he's a good boxer but sometimes wants to get in a brawl too much. I think he might change his tactics for this fight.

"But again it's a 50-50 the first one it could have gone either way. It's impossible to call."