• Lightweight

Broner: Burns should face fight music

ESPN staff
December 14, 2012
Adrien Broner is trying to entice Ricky Burns out to play © PA Photos

American Adrien Broner has accused Ricky Burns of shirking his challenge in the past and says he wants to get the Scot in the ring for a unification bout in February.

Burns, 29, is the WBO lightweight champion, while the 23-year-old Broner is his WBC equivalent.

Undefeated Broner claims that Burns moved up from super-featherweight to lightweight in order to avoid him but added that he respects Burns and what he has achieved in both weights.

Burns is currently without a fight in the diary after Liam Walsh suffered an injury and stand-in Jose Ocampo withdrew following the death of his trainer.

Broner has moved quickly to try and fill Burns' schedule with his proposed date being February 16 in Atlantic City.

"I'm ready for Ricky Burns," Broner told the Daily Mirror. "He's a world-class fighter and I respect him for what he's done.

"I wanted to fight him for the WBO title, but he moved up. I hope he doesn't try and avoid me again."

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