• Lightweight

Burns announces unification fight

ESPN staff
January 14, 2013
Ricky Burns is facing a unification world title fight © PA Photos

Scotland's world champion Ricky Burns will face Miguel Vazquez in a lightweight unification fight at Wembley Arena on March 16.

Burns, the WBO champion, will go up against IBF strapholder Vazquez - who has lost just three times in his 36-fight career to date. The 26-year-old will be making the sixth defence of a title he won back in 2010.

Burns, 29, will be making the third defence of his own belt.

"Miguel Vazquez is definitely one of the top boxers in the weight division and I have always said I want to fight the best," Burns told BBC Scotland. "I think it will be one of those fights that bring out the best in me."

He added: "To get a unification fight and have a second world title dangled in front of my face, these are the fights I have always wanted.

"I am going to treat this fight the same as any other. I've seen him box before but now the fight is confirmed I won't watch any footage of him at all.

"I will put everything into my training camp. Billy [Nelson, his trainer] has a few of his fights on DVD and he will pick out stuff we should be working on.

"It's going to be a cracking fight and one the fans are going to enjoy."

Burns' manager, Alex Morrison, believes the Coatbridge native can pick up the victory and add another title to his resume.

"This is the one we've wanted. It doesn't come any bigger than a unification title fight and Ricky is ready," Morrison said. "Vazquez has a good record but so does Ricky and we're confident he will have too much for him.

"He was very disappointed with what happened last month and is really hungry to get into the ring."

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