• Lightweight

Burns excited by Gonzalez test

ESPN staff
March 26, 2013
Ricky Burns has not fought since beating Kevin Mitchell last September © PA Photos

Ricky Burns will face Jose Gonzalez in a WBO lightweight title defence on May 11.

Gonzalez is the mandatory challengers to Burns and he will get his shot after Burns' camp failed to do a deal with either WBC champion Adrien Broner or IBF king Miguel Vazquez.

"We looked at Vazquez and also spoke about Broner but this is a mandatory defence," Burns' promoter Eddie Hearn said. "There were outside forces at work during this."

Hearn also revealed that Burns came within a matter of hours of being stripped of his belt, but a deal was struck with Gonzalez for a fight at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

"The last five days have been very difficult to get this fight on," Hearn said. "It was only agreed last night two-and-a-half hours before the deadline [to agree a title defence]."

Gonzalez is unbeaten in 22 fights and is famed for his punching power. It is a serious test for Burns, but the Scotsman is relishing the challenge.

"He has 17 knockouts and is undefeated, he is the No. 1 contender so it is going to be a hard fight but one I am confident of winning," Burns, who has not fought since September on account of a number of fights falling through, told Sky Sports News.

"I have been in with big punchers before. It is one of these cases. I will just concentrate on what I am doing and let him worry about me.

"I am glad we have the fight in Glasgow, that home support, and I am looking forward to it."

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