WBO lightweight world championship: Ricky Burns takes measured approach

Last Updated: 07/09/13 8:08pm

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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.

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WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns insists he will be ready for anything when he puts his title on the line against Raymundo Beltran in Glasgow on Saturday night.

The Scot admits he made mistakes in being drawn into a 'war' last time out, an approach that saw him almost lose his title to Jose Gonzales, who pushed the champion to the brink before retiring on his stool at the end of the ninth round.

Burns is planning a more measured approach against Beltran, but admits he will have to be ready for whatever way the fight goes and adapt his style accordingly.

Burns told Sky Sports: "Boxing is my job, that is the way I have always looked at it. I don't treat any fight any different, I always give 100 per cent in the gym and I know I will be prepared for whatever happens on the night.

"And I am going to need that because I can see this being a hard 12 rounds. Raymundo is a great fighter and I think the fans are in for a real treat. They are expecting a sell-out crowd so I am looking forward to fighting in Glasgow again."

"Trust me, the mistakes that were made won't happen again. During the fight from the start you could see I was trying to force the fight, I was over-stretching, I was trying to put everything into every punch and that is just not me."
Ricky Burns

In his last fight in May, Burns was behind on all three judges' scorecards before Gonzalez retired on his stool, but lessons have been learned.

"Trust me, the mistakes that were made won't happen again," he said. "During the fight from the start you could see I was trying to force the fight, I was over-stretching, I was trying to put everything into every punch and that is just not me.

"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.

"There are times when I am going to try and go out and stick to my jab, keep it long, but there is always that side to me that wants to get involved in a bit of a war. So who knows? We will takle it one round at a time."

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