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Ricky Burns ready to learn from mistakes

ESPN staff
September 4, 2013
Ricky Burns was behind on all of the judges' scorecards in his last fight © PA Photos

Ricky Burns insists he will not make the same mistakes which almost cost him his WBO lightweight title in May when he faces Raymundo Beltran on Saturday.

Burns trailed Jose A Gonzalez on all three of the judges' scorecards before his opponent retired on his stool with a hand injury before the beginning of the tenth round, but he admits he will not have a similar approach to his latest encounter in Glasgow.

"Trust me, the mistakes that were made won't happen again. During the fight from the start you could see I was trying to force the fight, I was over-stretching, I was trying to put everything into every punch and that is just not me," Burns told Sky Sports.

"I am a good boxer when I want to be, but I know obviously I can get involved in a brawl if needs be as well and I think on Saturday night we are going to take this a round at a time.

"There are times when I am going to try and go out and stick to my jab, keep it long, but there is always that side to me that wants to get involved in a bit of a war. So who knows? We will tackle it one round at a time."

Burns also revealed he will need to be at his best if he is to successfully defend his WBO title for a fourth time against a boxer who has lost three of his last nine fights.

"Boxing is my job, that is the way I have always looked at it. I don't treat any fight any different, I always give 100% in the gym and I know I will be prepared for whatever happens on the night," the Scot said.

"And I am going to need that because I can see this being a hard 12 rounds. Raymundo is a great fighter and I think the fans are in for a real treat. They are expecting a sell-out crowd so I am looking forward to fighting in Glasgow again."

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