We bring you the best of the build-up for the clash between Ricky Burns v Ray Beltran
By Adam Norman. Last Updated: September 6, 2013 3:29pm
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The new season is upon us and what a way to kick it off with the ever-popular Scot Ricky Burns returning to the SECC in Glasgow to defend his WBO lightweight title against Ray Beltran.
We have left no stone unturned as we build up to Saturday night's main event which is broadcast live on Sky Sports HD2 from 8pm.
We caught up with Ricky earlier in the week and he told us he was expecting a difficult night against a quality opponent.
"I am a good boxer when I want to be, but I know obviously I can get involved in a brawl if needs be as well and I think on Saturday night we are going to take this a round at a time," he said.
We looked back on 'Rickster's career and picked out 10 fights that have defined his rise to the top, from an early loss to Alex Arthur to winning the world title for the first time.
Burns' promoter Eddie Hearn told us that his fighter is in for the toughest night of his life, but is expecting him to cement his position as the best lightweight in the world.
"If you're not at your best at world level, then you're in trouble. And that's what happened against Gonzalez," he said. "Ricky found a way to win ugly - his intention this time is not to win ugly, he'll be looking to break him down and do a number on him. If he's not at his best against Beltran he's in trouble, but the lessons have been learnt from last time and he's ready to shine."
Sky commentator and pundit Jim Watt expects Beltran to bring a box of tricks and is another who believes the home fighter will prove too good.
"He's technically good and can counter-punch coming forward, which is difficult to deal with - but, as I said, he's not a huge puncher so if it reaches the stage where Ricky has to go to the trenches and dig in I think he'd come out on top," said Jim.
On Ringside this week, Johnny Nelson and former world champion and Burns conqueror Alex Arthur broke the fight down in our studio ring, with Arthur showing viewers that Ricky should utilise his long reach by keeping the fight at his range.
Alex Arthur's tactical analysis
Burns' trainer Billy Nelson said the Coatbridge boxer will prove himself to be Scotland's finest champion and continue to gain international recognition.
"I know how good he is. I see what he does to quality, quality sparring partners on a daily basis. And they are not enjoying it," he said. "The fundamental thing is going to be Ricky's speed. Lightning speed. Absolutely lightning. On occasions on the pads this week it has just been a blur that's been hitting the pad."
Finally, we dragged Ricky into our Seconds Out studio where he dealt with the pressure of our Q&A!
Follow our live and interactive text commentary from the SECC on Saturday night from 7pm.