Ricky Burns ready for a thrilling fight with Raymundo Beltran in Glasgow on Saturday

Last Updated: 04/09/13 11:42am

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New father Ricky Burns says Raymundo Beltran will be a tough opponent but will not be taking his WBO lightweight championship from the Scot.

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Ricky Burns is prepared for another dramatic battle when he defends his WBO lightweight belt against Raymundo Beltran on Saturday night.

The Scot came through a crisis in his last defence against Jose Gonzales, who pushed Burns to the brink before retiring at the end of the ninth round in May.

Gonzalez gave Burns plenty of problems with his slick skills until he suddenly wilted with a wrist injury and the Coatbridge fighter admits he was far from his best.

"We went back to basics a bit for this fight, we went back to boxing, but knowing me there is always a time when I'm going to be dragged into a fight."
Ricky Burns

Burns has decided to work on his ring craft ahead of his clash with tough Mexican Beltran, but accepts he could be dragged into another exciting dogfight, live on Sky Sports.

"I think when I watched that fight back, from the second round onwards you could see I was getting picked off and I was trying to force the fight. I was lunging in," he told Sky Sports News.

"I was getting caught with punches I shouldn't have, which I shouldn't have been doing. It's alright saying it now that I've watched it back, but when you are in there, that's when I should have clicked.

"We went back to basics a bit for this fight, we went back to boxing, but knowing me there is always a time when I'm going to be dragged into a fight.

"I don't know what way I'm going to take this guy on Saturday night, one round at a time, but if it's going to be toe-to-toe for 12 rounds, then I'm up for that."


The Coatbridge man will again have the support of his vociferous fans when he steps into the ring at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow.

Burns believes the red-hot atmosphere in the Gonzalez fight spurred him on to stage a rally, and is hoping for similar backing this weekend.

"I enjoy the occasion, especially fighting in Glasgow it's fantastic," he said.

"That last fight, the seventh round, I think that was the worst round in my whole boxing career. It's the only time I have noticed the fans lift the roof off the place.

"That's the first time I paid attention to it. Hopefully it will be the same at the SEC."

Burns has revealed how the recent birth of his first child has allowed him to fully focus on the fight after a difficult few days.

"Things have been going great so far, I picked both of them up on Saturday afternoon, so I'm glad that they are back in the house now," he said.

"The week before she was in hospital for the week. It was a nightmare going back and forward, but I'm just glad they are in the house now and both of them are okay."

When asked if the birth was a distraction, he added: "Not at all, I'm just a wee bit more tired than usual. I'm lazy as it is but I've just been a wee bit worse."

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