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

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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.”

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