Burns eyes Battle of Britain bout
Ricky Burns is set to take on Anthony Crolla in a huge ‘Battle of Britain’ bout later this year.
The Coatbridge super- lightweight has been provisionally booked to fight at the Manchester Arena on October 7 — however the final details are still to be ironed out according to manager Alex Morrison. Morrison believes that Crolla will move up a weight division to fight Scotland’s only three-weight champ, and added that Burns is already training for the fight. Former WBA lightweight champion Crolla hasn’t been back in the ring since losing to Jorge Linares in March. The news comes as Scottish Commonwealth champion Josh Taylor called out Burns, who was at ringside performing commentary duties during his win over Ohara Davies. However, Morrison believes Crolla is “where the money is” right now. He continued: “Ricky will fight anyone, and if the money is right he would take on Josh Taylor. “I though Ohara Davies was very disappointing. “He didn’t really offer anything, but Josh Taylor did look good. “He has a big future in Scottish boxing and that’s exciting to see, but right now Ricky’s focus is on Crolla because that’s the next one in the diary.“He continued: “Crolla gives Ricky a really exciting fight. A lot of fans wanted to see that. “He is training for the fight. Even if we can’t finalise something with Crolla, Ricky will have a fight in October somewhere. “If it’s in Manchester, Ricky will take a huge support.” This will be the first time Burns will have stepping in the ring since April after failing in his bid to become undisputed best super lightweight in the world. Burns lost his WBA super lightweight crown to IBF and IBO holder Julius Indongo in April. Despite a difficult few weeks following the points decision, Morrison says Burns is in the right frame of mind. “It was hard for Ricky to get straight back into it after the Indongo fight,” said Morrison. “It was a tough night for him, but he is a cheerful guy and just loves boxing. “He is upbeat and just looking ahead to his next big fight.”