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Ricky Burns Denies He Is Avoiding Adrien B...

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Ricky Burns denies he is avoiding Adrien Broner as he lines up unification fight with Miguel Vazquez
Ricky Burns has been matched in a unification fight to please the purists when his World Boxing Organisation title goes on the line against International Boxing Federation champion Miguel Vazquez at Wembley Arena on March 16.

By Gareth A Davies

The Scot played down criticism on Monday that he had avoided rising American star Adrien Broner.

The event, named ‘Rule Britannia’, will be headlined by Burns — while light-heavyweight Nathan Cleverly will defend his World Boxing Organisation crown against mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi, of Serbia.

The spoils for the Burns-Vazquez victor will be a meeting with the outspoken Broner, one of the sport’s emerging pound-for-pound stars, who holds the World Boxing Council portion of the lightweight division’s gold.

Burns had been offered a fight with Broner late last year, but refused, claiming that it was not enough time to prepare.

“I’m not looking ahead of Vazquez,” Burns told The Daily Telegraph yesterday. “You only have to glance at his record to see that he is one of the best in the division.

“But for all the doubters out there who say I am avoiding Adrien Broner – I can assure you that the fight with Broner is going to happen.

“Believe me, I will fight Broner. I want to fight him; he wants to fight me. It is on hold because I did not have enough time to prepare.

“People were saying I was avoiding him, which wasn’t the case at all. The talk of me ducking him does get to me. People have been giving me gyp.”

“It’s a fight that I want, but for now I can’t really think about it. I have a very hard fight in front of me but I think I can win.”

Burns – 35-2 in his career – must first box his way past Vazquez, the 26 year-old from Guadalajara, who has been beaten three times in 36 contests, notably against Saul Alvarez, twice, and Timothy Bradley, both world champions.

The Burns’ training camp will involve a sojourn to Norway to train with Andreas Evensen, whom he beat in the super-featherweight ranks, in freezing conditions.

Elsewhere, disgraced heavyweight Dereck Chisora hopes an anger management therapy course will aid an application for the renewal of his British boxing licence, removed by the British Board following his press conference brawl with David Haye in Munich 11 months ago.

Promoter Frank Warren is confident Chisora will be granted the licence when the fighter sits before Board stewards in two weeks’ time, and has already named the London heavyweight on the Wembley show.