Winning a world title makes you a legend, winning at two different weights definitely makes you a legend – but to do it at three? Even the haters couldn’t argue
mantle. If this evening proves to be a success – 8,000 are anticipated inside the Hydro – then Hearn has not ruled out the possibility of putting on an all-Scottish card in Glasgow.
“I feel a bit for Ricky,” says Hearn. “It seems like every time he is here, Scottish boxing is on his shoulders. It was like that two years ago [when he lost to Dejan Zlaticanin] and here we are again. We have guys like Charlie Flynn coming through, but they all know they need a headliner for Sky. In time it will be them headlining but that’s two years away. I can’t see why not in future. Charlie is a little superstar.”
All that’s left is for Burns to win. Alas, his opponent is no mug having suffered just one defeat in his 42 professional bouts and by way of comparison he stopped the Frenchman Alexandre Lepelley in a European title defence last year when Burns merely outpointed him in 2014. Nevertheless, he believes a packed venue will play into the Scot’s hands.
“My dad always told me when the going gets tough, the Italians don’t quite have the heart for it. I don’t know if that’s true but Ricky has got to be on him like a rash. Make the crowd roar every time there’s a punch thrown – and break his heart.”