Ricky Burns must defend his WBA world title against Kiryl Relikh
By Isaac Robinson
Last Updated: 01/07/16 1:04pm
The WBA have ordered their world super-lightweight champion Ricky Burns to defend his title against Kiryl Relikh.
Burns (40-5-1-KO14) became Scotland's first-ever three-weight world champion in May when he stopped Michele di Rocco to win the vacant title in jubilant Glasgow.
Now the WBA's Championships Committee have swiftly ordered a clash with their Inter-Continental champion Relikh (21-0-KO19) - much to the delight of the young Belarussian's promoter; former world champion Ricky Hatton.
Burns' promoter Eddie Hearn has 30 days to agree a deal to stage the bout or it will go to purse bids.
Relikh, who is known as 'The Mad Bee', made his professional debut in 2011 in his home country. He fought in Britain for the first time in December 2014 and was most recently in action in May, when he stopped Joaquim Carneiro in Bolton.