Scottish boxer Ricky Burns ready to defend title

By Calum Woodger

World champion Scots boxer Ricky Burns is set to defend his WBA super-lightweight belt in a unification clash against southpaw Julius Indongo on Saturday night.

Burns, from Coatbridge, will attempt to win the IBF and IBO titles from the Namibian Indongo who took them from Russian Eduard Troyanovsky with a 40-second first-round knockout win in December last year.

Burns will be hoping that the African does not repeat the feat upon his first fight to the United Kingdom.

Speaking at his open workout at Glasgow’s St. Enoch Centre, Burns said: “All preparations have went to plan for this, for me this is the worst time, the hard twelve week camp is coming to an end now and everything is leading up to this weekend.

He added: “It’s going to be a good night and fingers crossed I can get out there and do the damage.”

The Scots’ faces a formidable and dogged opponent in Indongo, the 34-year-old is unbeaten in 21 fights throughout his career and packs a punch.

But Burns reckons the Namibian is not invincible and feels prepared for their bout at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

The 34-year-old said: “I don’t think he’s as devastating a puncher as everybody is saying he is, but he’s certainly going to be awkward.

“We’ve trained for a hard 12 rounds and we’re more than prepared to go out there and go for it.

“We’re soon going to find out how good he is.”

Burns is champing at the bit for the fight after breezing through Friday’s weigh-in at St. Enoch’s Centre.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to normality, that’s the way I look at it. Me and Tony have put a proper shift in for this camp, we know it’s going to be a tough fight.

“Once the weigh-in is over I can concentrate fully on the fight.”

Burns became the first Scottish three weight world champion when he beat Italian Michele Di Rocco last March.

He successfully defended his WBA title with a points win over Kiryl Relikh in October.

Burns can become the undisputed super-lightweight champ if he wins the bout with Indongo.

The Gorbals featherweight Joe Ham features on the undercard for the fight along with Commonwealth champion Charlie Flynn.

Welterweight Ally Black, from Kirkintilloch, said he is ‘buzzing’ to box at the Hydro as part of the warm-up.

Darnley bantamweight fighter Scott McCormack, whose trainer is former Scottish champion Kris McAdam, said: “As soon as you start boxing you dream of fights like this.

“It’s going to be a great night boxing on the Burns undercard in front of a busy arena, I’m in for a tough fight there’s no doubt about it.”

Proceedings get underway with the undercard on Saturday night from five o’clock at the Hydro.

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