BOXING: Ricky Burns becomes the latest fighter to join Matchroom Boxing and Sky Sports

Ricky Burns has joined Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing after the promoter confirmed the Scottish fighter’s controversial switch from Frank Warren’s stable.

The two-weight World Champion will fight for the first time under Eddie Hearn live on Sky Sports on May 11, at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

Burns’ last outing was his comprehensive win over Kevin Mitchell at the SECC in Glasgow on September, where the 29-year-old defended his WBO Lightweight title in style with a fourth round stoppage.

The Scottish fighter’s departure from Frank Warren’s stable follows just days after George Groves made the same move across to Matchroom.

Burns recently split from Frank Warren following the postponement of his unification bout against IBF title-holder Miguel Vazquez.

It was the third straight bout that had been scrapped for the Coatbridge fighter, who had also been scheduled to meet Liam Walsh and then Jose Ocampo in December.

As a result, Burns has not fought since a demolition of Kevin Mitchell in September, but will hope to become more active under new promoter Hearn, who unveiled his latest capture at Grovesnor House on Monday, March 11.

Intriguingly, Hearn announced that Burns’ next outing would by May 11 against an unnamed opponent at a venue also to be confirmed.

Meanwhile his former promoter Warren maintains Burns is obligated to fulfill his revised fight date with Vazquez on April 20.

Burns follows unbeaten Commonwealth super middleweight star Groves into an impressive of British talent, which also includes Carl Froch, Kell Brook and Tony Bellew.

“I’m delighted that my future has been resolved and I really looking forward to the next chapter of my career,” said Burns.

“It’s been a frustrating time since the Kevin Mitchell win in September but now I’m just focused on May 11 and putting in a great performance.

“I would love it to be in Glasgow – my last two fights were there and the atmosphere was just electric. I’ve got great fans in Scotland and it means a lot to box in front of them.”

Hearn added: “I’m delighted to welcome the WBO Lightweight World champion Ricky Burns to the team. Ricky is an outstanding fighter and a hugely popular sporting figure in Scotland.

“We are looking forward to a massive show on May 11 in Scotland on Sky Sports as we begin our journey with Ricky.”

Burns’ high-profile defection to Eddie Hearn will likely be the catalyst that ignites a turf war between Britain’s leading two boxing promoters, in which the Scotsman could end up being caught in the middle of a costly legal crossfire.

“They go ahead with this and I’ll sue for substantial damages,” said Warren following the rumours of Burns’ move to Matchroom.

He remains adamant that Burns, the WBO lightweight champion, is contracted to fight the IBF titleholder Miguel Vázquez at Wembley on 20 April, even though the Scot’s manager, Alex Morrison, announced on Thursday (March 7) that their partnership with Warren was over.

Warren’s April 20 show at Wembley Arena will go ahead in Burns’ absence, headlined by Nathan Cleverly who defends his world light-heavyweight title against Serbian fighter Robin Kasniqi, which will be shown live on BoxNation.

UPDATE: Ricky Burns faces Jose González in a WBO world lightweight title fight, headlining a top class bill in Glasgow on Saturday, May 11, live on Sky Sports.

The Scotsman defends his title against the mandatory challenger from Puerto Rico in Betfair’s ‘Fighting Pride of Scotland’ show at the Emirates Arena.

Nicknamed ‘The Rickster’, Burns has got the better of his last 20 opponents and the Coatbridge star has asked his fans to turn out in force on his first fight night as a Matchroom fighter.

The ‘Fighting Pride of Scotland’ bill also features John Simpson faces Choi Tseveenpurev for the vacant WBC international super featherweight title, top Scottish talent including unbeaten trio David Brophy, Jon Slowey and Stephen Simmons, who takes on Michael Sweeney in a ten round Celtic cruiserweight clash, and some of Matchroom Boxing’s brightest young stars.

Dave Clark presents Sky Sports’ live coverage from Glagsow, with analysis from Glenn McCrory and Johnny Nelson. 

Fight commentary will be provided by Nick Halling and Jim Watt.

Saturday 11th May

Ricky Burns v Jose Gonzalez
WBO Lightweight Title
John Simpson v Choi Tseveenpurev
Vacant WBC international Featherweight Title

LIVE: 7.00pm-11.30pm – Sky Sports 1


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