WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns will return to the ring in London in December

Last Updated: 01/10/12 9:20pm

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Ricky Burns: Back in action on December 15

Ricky Burns: Back in action on December 15

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WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns will return to the ring in London in December following his explosive win over Kevin Mitchell.

The Scot blew British rival Mitchell away in four rounds in Glasgow on September 22.

He is now targeting unification bouts with the likes of American star Adrien Broner, but in the meantime he will have the chance to rack up a third defence of his WBO belt.

Burns will fight a 'top-10 challenger' at London's ExCel arena on December 15.

"Since the win over Mitchell the response I've had from the Scottish fans has been fantastic, but I've also had so many congratulation messages from the English fans saying what a great fight performance it was and when am I coming to England to fight again," said Burns.

"I didn't realise that it would be my very next fight so I'm happy to come down and give them a Christmas treat at the ExCel.

"The last couple of years have been fantastic with wins over Roman Martinez, (Michael) Katsidis and now Mitchell. I seem to be getting better and better as the challenges in my career step up each time.

"December 15 is another crucial date for me, once I get that out of the way I'm looking forward to some big unification fights in 2013."

Unbeaten super-middleweight George Groves and Commonwealth middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders will also feature on the bill.

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