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Burns Confident of Victory in Unification Fight

Fresh from celebrating his 34th birthday yesterday (Thursday), Ricky Burns is looking forward to his super-lightweight unification fight with Julius Indongo on Saturday night.

Burns, the holder of the WBA version of the belt, will be looking to add the IBF and IBO versions of the belt to his collection, against a fighter who has a record that reads 21-0 with 11 wins coming by knockout.

Ahead of the contest Indongo has somewhat riled Burns by remarking when asked about the Scot,

'I thought he was retired by now.'

Prompting Burns to reply,

“He is going to find out the hard way, hopefully.”

Continuing, Burns had something to say about his opponent and also the manner in which he won the IBF title in Russia, knocking out the unbeaten Eduard Troyanovsky in the first round further adding,

'This is only the second time fighting out of Namibia, so we will see how he is going to like the Glasgow crowd and we will also see how he is going to like it in the second half of the fight when I am sticking it on him.

'It is going to be a good night. Training has gone well. The last week is a pain, with all the things to deal with, but roll on fight night.

'It was the first 30 seconds of the first round, so you can't really take a lot from it.

'He could have caught that boy cold. It could have happened to anybody.

'Before that fight, he had 20 fights and 10 knockouts. Obviously he can punch a bit.

'But I don't think he is this big puncher that he is making out he is, but we are going to find out how good he is on Saturday.'

One problem Burns will have to overcome if he is to unify the title is dealing with the fact that Indongo is a southpaw, previously the unorthodox style has proven to be something that Burns struggles with, however, when pushed on that subject Burns was confident he could deal with Indongo, commenting to the media,

'The big difference in preparation is that the sparring has been with southpaws, getting in a good variety.

'We have been bringing in boys similar to the boy we are fighting; tall, rangy, awkward.

'But I have been handling southpaws a lot better than I thought I would have done.

'Preparation has gone well, sparring has gone well, so it is just a case of taking what we have been doing and producing it in the fight.'

Here at Vital Boxing we reckon if Burns survives the early onslaught he’ll beat Indongo on points, let’s hope we’re correct.

The Journalist

Writer: Kid Glove Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 14 2017

Time: 9:33AM


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