Burns vs Indongo: Full preview of super-lightweight unification fight
By Sky Sports Boxing
Last Updated: 15/04/17 7:25pm
Everything you need to know about Ricky Burns vs Julius Indongo, live on Sky Sports on Saturday night.
Ricky Burns and Julius Indongo meet in the main attraction at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Saturday, as the pair go head-to-head in a pivotal unification clash.
For Burns, it will be his third straight outing at the venue. 'The Rickster' became Scotland's first three-weight world champion when he stopped Michele Di Rocco in May 2016 to pick up the vacant WBA super-lightweight strap.
The 34-year-old returned in October of the same year to see off Kiryl Relikh in his first defence and set up a showdown with the unbeaten Indongo, who sensationally knocked out Eduard Troyanovsky to become the IBF champion.
The Namibian needed just 40 seconds to dethrone the Russian in Moscow, although only 11 of his 21 victories have come inside the distance.
After fighting his way back to the top, Burns will not want to suffer a setback at this stage of his career. Indongo, meanwhile, will be determined to show his triumph over Troyanovsky wasn't a first-round fluke.
Tale of the tape
What the fighters say
On the undercard
"Don't get me wrong, I'm honoured to be British champion and I'll be so proud to hold the title for good, but I'll be looking further as soon as I can and that next step in my eyes is the European title. I don't want to hang around and get the Commonwealth title or anything like that."
Scott Cardle (who faces Robbie Barrett).
"Everything has been sweet in training, I'm absolutely flying. I've been sparring world champions and all sorts. Now, I just want to get in and do the business."
Josh Kelly ahead of his pro debut
What the experts think
"This could be very, very close, but it is experience that might see Ricky home. Indongo might have a bit of naivety because of the way he blew the Russian out but even Terence Crawford couldn't stop Burns. I see Indongo going for the big early knockout but then tiring, and we know Ricky will finish strongly. It might be rough and it might be tight, but I am going for a close points win for Burns."
"There should be a big crowd because I've heard sales have gone well - there are some great prospects on the card - and I can see Ricky doing this quite comfortably. He has done it for years and has never been stopped and I think the only knockout we might see is Burns stopping Indongo late on. Certainly Ricky on points."
Watch Ricky Burns vs Julius Indongo from the SSE Hydro, Glasgow, on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports 2 from 7.30pm.