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Modest Ricky Burns celebrates win over Kevin Mitchell with McDonald's for himself and pooch Floyd


THE Coatbridge fighter admits he's not comfortable with all the attention and praise being lavished on him


RICKY BURNS has heard knowledgeable people in boxing putting him above the likes of Ken Buchanan and Jim Watt as Scotland’s greatest ever fighter.

The WBO lightweight champion produced something quite special on Saturday to blow Kevin Mitchell away in four rounds and the 29-year-old admits it was his best yet.

But you won’t find Coatbridge’s finest saying he’s one of the greats – despite being a man in demand.

His army of fans queued up for photos and autographs as he helped promote the Soviet fashion range at USC’s new flagship store in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street.

Burns is embarrassed with all the attention heading his way following his second world title – he won the WBO super-featherweight crown in 2010.

Burns said: “I hate all the attention that comes from being the world champion and honestly if I could keep myself to myself, go into the fight and disappear I would do that. I love the quiet life after fights.

“It is just not me and I don’t like being compared to these greats. I love getting into the ring but I don’t particularly like all the fuss about it. I am just doing my job and I want to keep doing it well.”

Burns is undoubtedly a top-class technical fighter but at the weekend he added another dimension when referee Terry O’Connor stepped in to save Mitchell – who had been floored twice – from any more punishment in the fourth round.

But Burns didn’t celebrate with champagne. No, he drove straight to McDonald’s to land a Big Tasty Meal – plus a cheeseburger for his dog Floyd.

He said: “I went back to my mum’s, picked up my dog, went to McDonald’s drive-thru and went home to watch the fight.
“I got a Big Tasty Meal and the dog got a cheeseburger as you need to get him
something as well.”

Next up could be a bout in Las Vegas – but Burns thinks Glasgow’s SECC can give him everything he wants. He walked out there to a rapturous reception on Saturday as Michael Buffer’s legendary tones announced his name.

Burns added: “The boxing ring is a boxing ring. Fighting in Vegas with your name up in lights is something I would love to do. But in saying that, when I walked out at the SECC it was wonderful and the best ever.

“I didn’t think it was that big until the weekend. The place just erupted and then I had Michael Buffer saying my name.
“That was incredible. He signed a pair of gloves for me. They will be getting framed and put up.”

Burns is keeping his feet firmly on the ground. He still lives in his home town with his wife Amanda, 31.

They met when he was a mechanic for Park’s of Hamilton, where she was a
business manager. He quit to go pro at 21 and they married in Vegas in June.

Amanda reckons his win was written in the stars after a psychic told her he would be champ.

Amanda said: “I showed her a photograph of him not standing or looking like a boxer and she said he used his hands, was well-known and likeable.

“She said she saw great things, that he’d become a world champion.

“She went on and said he would either win in round five or on points. I came back and told him that he was going to win. And he did!”
Not that winning that world title belt will stop Burns turning up for his part-time job at DW Sports.

He said: “It keeps my feet on the ground and I enjoy working there.

“Because it’s in Coatbridge I know everyone who comes into the shop to say hello. I do spend a good bit of my shift signing stuff or with people coming in for photos with me.

“Everybody knows I have not changed at all from the first time I stepped into the ring. I am exactly the same person as I was back then … with a few more accolades.”

watson748's Photo watson748 27 Sep 2012

Thats a big feckin dog!! :unsure:

Manchester Hitman's Photo Manchester Hitman 27 Sep 2012

Steady lol

DG.'s Photo DG. 27 Sep 2012

I have a feeling he is the type of fighter happy to get paid whatever he is offered. He needs to cash in now. No time like the present. And wtf have they been feeding that dog?

hitman_hatton1's Photo hitman_hatton1 27 Sep 2012

u wouldn't break in to his house would ya.

not only a world champion boxer to contend with but that bloody dog as well. :D

scarecrow's Photo scarecrow 27 Sep 2012

That dog is the size of a horse

DG.'s Photo DG. 27 Sep 2012

 hitman_hatton1, on 27 September 2012 - 12:24 PM, said:

u wouldn't break in to his house would ya.

Spoken like a true chav!


The_Ikon's Photo The_Ikon 28 Sep 2012

Nice article and he seems grounded...

He better hide his dog from Rayajr....  his missing his donkey! !!

dazzler's Photo dazzler 28 Sep 2012

 DG., on 27 September 2012 - 12:18 PM, said:

And wtf have they been feeding that dog?

Cheeseburgers :D