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Burns night: How Ricky Burns has risen from domestic star to world-class operator

Scotland's lightweight star has developed into a bona-fide world class talent, writes David Anderson

mirror.co.uk

I don't know if Ricky Burns believes in fairytales, but he is the ugly duckling of British boxing who became a swan.

Burns is riding on the crest of a wave following his four-round stoppage of Kevin Mitchell on Saturday, which confirmed his status as one of world's best lightweights.

It is all so different from just a few years ago when it seemed like the Scot was destined to be nothing more than a journeyman on the domestic scene.

Alex Arthur and Scott Harrison were the big stars of Tartan boxing then and there was no hint of the glory trail Burns would blaze.

He was outclassed when he fought Arthur for the European, British and Commonwealth super-featherweight titles in 2006.

The Rickster was well beaten again when he fought Carl Johanneson for the British crown the following year.

He faded into the background and fought eight and six rounders on the domestic scene.

Although it didn't look like it from the outside, Burns was changing.

He hooked up with current trainer Billy Nelson after the Johanneson defeat and 20 fights later, the pair are still unbeaten together.

The first sign that Burns was a growing force came in 2008 when he won the vacant Commonwealth super-featherweight title.

But the real turning point came in September 2010 when he recovered from being put down in the first to win the WBO title from reigning champ Roman Martinez.

That was lift off for Burns, but still some critics were reluctant to acknowledge his talent.

But after successfully stepping up to lightweight and winning the interim WBO crown before becoming the full champion, no-one can doubt him now.

People will question which Mitchell turned up at Glasgow's SECC and was it the one who beat John Murray or the one who lost to Michael Katsidis.

Whichever one it was, Burns still did a job on him.

This was a 50-50 fight for many pundits and yet Burns made it look easy.

I think Burns' promoter Frank Warren summed up his development best when he said: "I have always rated Ricky and, after the display he produced against Mitchell, he is twice the fighter I thought he was."

I agree with that and Warren is right to talk about the US next.

Burns deserves to be acknowledged as one of our top world champions and America is the proper platform to showcase his talent.

This swan is really about to take flight.
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BoxingFan's Photo BoxingFan 24 Sep 2012

View PostGlax0r, on 24 September 2012 - 07:20 AM, said:

Burns night: How Ricky Burns has risen from domestic star to world-class operator

Scotland's lightweight star has developed into a bona-fide world class talent, writes David Anderson

mirror.co.uk

I don't know if Ricky Burns believes in fairytales, but he is the ugly duckling of British boxing who became a swan.

Burns is riding on the crest of a wave following his four-round stoppage of Kevin Mitchell on Saturday, which confirmed his status as one of world's best lightweights.

It is all so different from just a few years ago when it seemed like the Scot was destined to be nothing more than a journeyman on the domestic scene.

Alex Arthur and Scott Harrison were the big stars of Tartan boxing then and there was no hint of the glory trail Burns would blaze.

He was outclassed when he fought Arthur for the European, British and Commonwealth super-featherweight titles in 2006.

The Rickster was well beaten again when he fought Carl Johanneson for the British crown the following year.

He faded into the background and fought eight and six rounders on the domestic scene.

Although it didn't look like it from the outside, Burns was changing.

He hooked up with current trainer Billy Nelson after the Johanneson defeat and 20 fights later, the pair are still unbeaten together.

The first sign that Burns was a growing force came in 2008 when he won the vacant Commonwealth super-featherweight title.

But the real turning point came in September 2010 when he recovered from being put down in the first to win the WBO title from reigning champ Roman Martinez.

That was lift off for Burns, but still some critics were reluctant to acknowledge his talent.

But after successfully stepping up to lightweight and winning the interim WBO crown before becoming the full champion, no-one can doubt him now.

People will question which Mitchell turned up at Glasgow's SECC and was it the one who beat John Murray or the one who lost to Michael Katsidis.

Whichever one it was, Burns still did a job on him.

This was a 50-50 fight for many pundits and yet Burns made it look easy.

I think Burns' promoter Frank Warren summed up his development best when he said: "I have always rated Ricky and, after the display he produced against Mitchell, he is twice the fighter I thought he was."

I agree with that and Warren is right to talk about the US next.

Burns deserves to be acknowledged as one of our top world champions and America is the proper platform to showcase his talent.

This swan is really about to take flight.

That's all Warren will do.  Talk about it.
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watson748's Photo watson748 24 Sep 2012

I hope stevieb reads this and realises just what talent Ricky is and also just what a lovely chap he is.
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