Ricky Burns (45-5-1) will defend his WBA World Super-Lightweight title against Kiryl Relikh at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Friday October 7, live on Sky Sports.
It’s Burns dream of fighting in Las Vegas and with a potential fight looming against Adrien Broner he is within touching distance of a massive pay-day.
However the Coatbridge star must first defend his title against Hatton prodigy Kiryl Relikh (21-0) who boasts 19 KOs from 21 fights.
Ricky Hatton believes Relikh could snatch it all away:
“What a wonderful career Ricky has had and for him not to fight in Vegas would be a crying shame. As a boxer we always dream of fighting in Vegas and I’m sure Ricky wants to tick that box.
“But I just don’t think he’s ever going to get there now.
“I’m a proud Brit and whenever our lads are fighting, whether it be Anthony Joshua, Kell Brook or Ricky Burns, I’ll always be in their corner as a fan.
“But I’m up against Ricky this time. It’s a strange one for me. Ricky’s not on speed dial but I consider him family when it comes to British boxing circles.
“This is a fight I’m really looking forward to. Kiryl is massively confident. He just doesn’t think he’s just going to be a world champion – he thinks he’s going to be a superstar. He keeps telling me, ‘I’m going to be where Golovkin is’.
“I’ve worked hard for my reputation. I wouldn’t stick it on the line if he wasn’t up to it. He’s the real deal. He even told me he will be better that I was – that’s confidence.
“I firmly believe he’s going to break a few Scottish hearts.”
Heavyweight – Dillian Whyte 18 1 0 vs Ian Lewison 12 2 1
vacant BBBofC British heavyweight title
Lightweight – Scott Cardle 20 0 1 vs Kevin Hooper 19 3 0
BBBofC British lightweight title
Super Lightweight – Ricky Burns 40 5 1 vs Kiryl Relikh 21 0 0
WBA World super lightweight title
Super Bantamweight – Joe Ham 8 0 0 vs TBA
Lightweight – Ohara Davies 12 0 0 vs TBA
Super Featherweight – Lewis Paulin 6 0 0 vs Adrian Fuzesi 6 10 0
Welterweight – Stewart Burt 5 0 1 vs TBA
Super Bantamweight – Scott McCormack 4 2 1 vs Luke Fash 2 9 1
**scheduled bouts subject to change & commission approval
Tickets are priced at £40-£100, SSE Hydro website http://www.thessehydro.com/ and on 0844 395 4000 and 0800 952 0110 (accessible). VIP tickets at £200 are exclusively available at www.matchroomboxing.com
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