Ricky Burns, WBO Lightweight Champ, Signs With Matchroom Boxing

Ricky Burns

Scottish lightweight Ricky Burns has had his last three scheduled bouts cancelled at the last minute. All of the training with no fights to show for it has left the 29 year old frustrated and looking for a change. That change has come today as Burns signed with Eddie Hearn to become a part of the Matchroom Boxing promotional stable.

Since Burns’ win over Kevin Mitchell in September, which earned him the WBO lightweight belt, he has yet to have the opportunity to defend the full title. As previously stated, Burns has had three fights scheduled since then by his former promoter Frank Warren but all three have fallen through.

The first two, against Liam Walsh and Jose Acampo respectively, were not to be the most exciting fights so their cancellation was no major disappointment, at least to the fans. The most recent cancellation however, was a major let down for the fighter and fans alike.

Burns was set to face current IBF title holder, Miguel Vazquez, in a unification bout at Wembley Stadium this Saturday until Vazquez supposedly came down with food poisoning. As any fight fan, especially as of late, understands, fights are always subject to cancellation or postponement due to the physical nature of the sport. However, three fights in a row being cancelled for a boxer, which delays the fighters career and loses him money, is almost never seen.

This fact along with the strange statement by Vazquez in a recent interview where he claimed he had yet to agree to the terms of a contract to fight Burns are enough to make anyone understand why the young Scot sought new representation. As well, it is hard to criticize a move to Matchroom boxing by any British fighter since it is arguably the most powerful promotion firm in the UK and therefore can make the big fights happen.

Hopefully this move means we will see more of Burns in the future and maybe even a bout between he and Adrien Broner though that is unfortunately not likely since Broner has made the ill advised jump to welterweight to face Paulie Malignaggi of all people. Whatever is next for Burns it will start on May 11 in Glasgow as Matchroom has already scheduled him for a fight on that date; his opponent has yet to be announced.

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