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‘The Great’ test for Ricky Burns

Ricky Burns vacated his super featherweight title and avoided a fight in Cincinnati with Adrien Broner. We were all left wondering what was next for Ricky, and how does he go on from here?

Many fans thought Ricky was avoiding Broner, but when he announced he was stepping up in weight to fight against “The Great” Michael Katsidis it took many by shock, and left the Broner doubters speechless.

Burns vs Katsidis takes place at the Wembley Arena, London, UK on 5th of November. Katsidis is no stranger to these waters having demolished Graham Earl in a epic fight at Wembley Stadium, before then going onto dismantle the undefeated Kevin Mitchell, also in London but this time at West Ham’s Upton Park.

Can Michael go on and make it three wins out of three?

The underrated Ricky seems to be a fighter who gets better with age, he came out of the UK domestic scene where he not long ago fought an old and past his best Michael Gomez (38-9-0), Kevin O’Hara (16-4-0), and a journey man in Youssef Al Hamidi (6-26-2) before announcing a world title fight with Roman Martinez.

Roman Martinez was regarded as the best in his division, and many including myself didn’t give Ricky a prayer. Burns went on to prove us all wrong, and although he was down in the first round, he picked himself back up and put on a spirited performance to win a deserved points decision.

Having won his first World Title, Ricky then made three successful defences against Andreas Evensen, Joseph Laryea and Nicky Cook, before stepping down as WBO super featherweight champion to move up in weight to take on Katsidis for the interim WBO lightweight title.

Katsidis will be Ricky’s hardest test to date, Michael brings a wealth of experience and a never-give-up attitude. Katsidis’ non-stop come-forward-and-put-it-all-on-the-line approach will no doubt cause Burns problems, which he will need to adapt to quickly, or it could be a short night. The longer the fight goes on I think Ricky will grow in confidence, and will start to control the fight working behind his jab, but will he have enough left in the tank after the middle rounds to hold on for a points decision?

I think the outcome of the fight depends on how quickly Burns adapts to Katsidis’ style, and how much punishment he receives in the opening rounds, but one thing is for sure, when Katsidis is in town we won’t be in for a dull fight.

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