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Ricky Burns to face top-10 ranked rival in London after beating Kevin Mitchell
Hugh Keevins, Daily Record

THE Coatbridge boxer will be looking to defend his title for a third time on December 15 which could lead to a bout in the US.
Ricky Burns celebrates his victory over Kevin Mitchell during the WBO World Lightweight Championship match at SECC on September 22, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. Ricky Burns celebrates his victory over Kevin Mitchell during the WBO World Lightweight Championship match at SECC on September 22, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.

RICKY BURNS will return to London on December 15 for the next defence of his WBO world lightweight title.

The champion, who defeated Kevin Mitchell in front of 10,000 fans in Glasgow 10 days ago, is returning to the city where he won his title against Michael Katsidis in 2011.

A top-10 ranked opponent will be named next week to fight Burns at the Ex-Cel venue and if the Scot defends his title for a third time he could then be set for America.

The champion’s promoter, Frank Warren, said: “If Ricky wins in December then a unification fight would be on the agenda for 2013.

“He was sensational while beating Mitchell in Glasgow and now he can take a well-earned rest before getting back into training.”

Burns and his wife leave for a holiday in Las Vegas today, but he’ll return to the gym in a week to get into shape for his London bout.

Burns said: “Beating Katsidis in London was one of the biggest wins of my career. I’m delighted to be fighting in the city once again.

“The response I got from the fans in Glasgow when I fought Kevin was fantastic, but I’ve been receiving a lot of good luck messages from down south and I look forward to giving the London audience a good show.”

A title fight against countryman Scott Harrison was spoken about immediately after the defeat of Mitchell, but fresh complications in the would-be challenger’s private life have seen those plans shelved.

And Burns’ trainer, Billy Nelson, is confident his fighter will beat whoever is put in front of him.

Nelson said: “With each world title win and each defence of his two titles at super-featherweight and lightweight, he’s become more confident in himself.

“That’s motivated him to train even harder. He’s a superfit guy and if he wasn’t a world champion boxer he could be successful in a number of other sports, maybe even a distance runner.”
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