By Tom Gray. Ricky Burns was far from happy about returning to Glasgow from Las
Vegas recently but if everything goes to plan next month he could be
back in Sin City in early 2013.
“I had a great time over there,” said the champion with a huge smile.
“I trained at the Mayweather gym a few times but unfortunately the
main man (Floyd Jr.) was out of town, so I didn’t get a chance to meet
Burns sites Mayweather as an idol, even naming his dog after him, and
yearns for the bright light showdowns to which the legendary pound for
pound star has become accustomed.
First things first though as the Coatbridge star must content with
undefeated former Commonwealth champion Liam Walsh, from Norfolk, in a
second consecutive Anglo Saxon confrontation on December 15th at the
London Excel Arena.
“There has been a lot of talk about fighting the big names but I need
to get past Liam Walsh first. I’m taking nothing away from him because
he’s undefeated and he’s on a good run.”
Last time out Burns shocked his critics with a thumping fourth round
stoppage of Kevin Mitchell. Although there has been vast improvement in
Burns’ game the power he displayed that night was seen as something
“Knockouts happen in boxing,” remarked Burns with his trademark
humbleness. “There are people who say I can’t punch but I hit hard
enough to keep an opponent thinking.”
Still, as the champion discussed his next opponent there was a hint
of frustration in his words, although he promises not to overlook Walsh.
“I treat every fight the same way whether I’m the favourite or the
underdog,” stated Burns. “I go in there to win and nothing changes in
terms of preparation or my attitude to the fight itself. I know I have a
job to do in six weeks and I’ll be ready to do it.”
Burns continued, “I was ticking over on holiday and I went for a few
runs. We knew I was fighting on December 15th and now that the opponent
has been confirmed we can decide on sparring partners and get things
underway with hard preparation.”
Walsh’s best victory to date was a savage tenth round stoppage of
Burns stable mate Paul Appleby and the two time world champion remembers
the York Hall war vividly.
“I was there when Liam fought Paul Appleby and he showed so much in
that fight,” remarked Burns with respect. “He was badly hurt but came
back and done a job on Paul.”
“Liam is hungry so I am taking him as seriously as any other fighter.”
A verbal agreement between Frank Warren and Golden Boy Promotions has
been reached to match Burns, should he retain his title, against
undefeated hotshot Adrien Broner but Burns is quick to point out the
danger that faces the charismatic American.
“Everyone is saying to me if I come through in December then I’ll be
matched with Broner but I keep telling them he hasn’t beaten Antonio De
Marco yet. He’s got his work cut out for him because De Marco is a
great champion in his own right.”
“I’ll be watching it closely on November 17th
when they two meet up.”
Burns v Walsh will be live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) on Saturday 15th December. Join at www.boxnation.tv
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