Ricky Burns can set up Adrien Broner fight by beating Kiryl Relikh
By Isaac Robinson
Last Updated: 30/09/16 9:58am
Ricky Burns will face Adrien Broner at the end of the year if he successfully defends his world title against Kiryl Relikh, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
Burns (40-5-1-KO14) is preparing to make the first defence of the WBA super-lightweight crown he seized by stopping Italy's Michele di Rocco in the eighth round in May.
His challenger Relikh (21-0-KO19) boasts an impressive knockout record and is trained by the legendary Ricky Hatton - but controversial American Broner (32-2-KO24) will be ringside for the October 7 clash and already lying in wait for the Scot.
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Hearn said: "We were pretty much there in terms of the deal to fight Broner but because of issues out of the ring we all decided to fight Relikh and try and clear the mandatory before securing the fight against Broner in December.
"Adrien contacted me this week and said he is coming to Glasgow on October 7 to watch the fight and if Ricky defeats Relikh I expect that fight to get made without any problems."
Broner was last in action in April when he halted Britain's Ashley Theophane in Washington.
Watch Burns v Relikh - plus Dillian Whyte v Ian Lewison for the British heavyweight title - live on Sky Sports 2 on October 7 from 8pm