Burns ready for new chapter
Ricky Burns is looking to mount a new charge towards a world title when he returns to the ring against unbeaten Dejan Zlaticanin for the WBC International lightweight title in Glasgow later the month. Burns, who will head into the fight as a firm Betfair favourite against the 30-year old, has moved gyms and trainers since surrendering his WBO title to American star Terence Crawford earlier this year.
Following his defeat to Crawford in May, Burns made the move south of the border to Essex to work with trainer Tony Sims, who guided middleweight Darren Barker to a world title last year. As well as working with a new trainer, Burns is also able to train alongside some of the best British boxing talent. As well as former opponent and fellow world title hopeful Kevin Mitchell, Burns has been training with the likes of unbeaten Martin J. Ward and Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell.
Burns feels his new surroundings will be the difference in his bid to capture a third world title, starting off against the unbeaten Zlaticanin, who will head to Glasgow as a strong Betfair underdog in a fight in front of an ever-passionate Scottish crowd.
“I have a real spring in my step for June 27. I had some great nights over the years but I felt after the Crawford fight that it was time for a change and I have definitely got a new lease of life down in Essex with Tony. There’s top, top class sparring on tap at Tony’s gym.”
“Zlaticanin is unbeaten and will have ambitions of his own, but I want my next fight to be for a World title and I have to put on a great show to earn that.”
Burns is the headline act of a packed card in Glasgow on June 27, with a number of bouts on the evening splitting many Betfair punters. But while the card has more than a few 50/50 fights on it, boxing betting sites say Burns will be confident of putting away Zlaticanin and moving on to bigger and better things.