An Interview With Ricky Burns
By Will Lott
Ricky Burns not looking past Lee Selby!
Three weight world champion Ricky Burns will step into the ring for the 52nd time of his professional career on October 26th. His opponent across the ring will be the former IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby.
Having not fought yet this year, it’s unsurprising to hear Burns excitement for the fight.
“I’m looking forward to it. It’s been a while since I fought. The last time was when I boxed Scotty Cardle in November so I’m happy to finally get one over the line. Training has been going well so countdown is on. Just the seven weeks to go.”
Ring rust is often a concern to most boxers but not Burns.
“Although I haven’t boxed this year, I’ve been constantly in the gym. Obviously there have been a couple of fights which have been talked about and fallen through. I’ve been sparring with the likes of Conor Benn and Joe Cordina. I don’t see sharpness really being a problem here. I just look forward to getting in there and getting on with my job. We’re expecting a hard fight.”
This will be Selby’s second fight at lightweight having jumped on two weight classes since his defeat to Josh Warrington. However, Burns does not see the difference in weight giving him a great advantage.
“I can always remember sparring with him. When he was up, I couldn’t believe the size of him for a featherweight. I kept saying to him, how do you do that and he’d just tell me it was easy. I think this weight will do well for him. He won’t be boiling down at this point so we’re expecting a tough fight no matter what. Hopefully, training is still going well and I’m confident of going there and getting the win.”
The win is all that matters to Burns. There is no looking past Selby on the night and discussing future fights down the line.
“There are some big names out there and some big fights could be made at lightweight but this fight isn’t one I can look by. He’s a former world champion as well so both of us are in the same boat. The winner goes on to bigger and better things.”
Throughout Burns’ 18 year career, inactivity and injury has never been an issue for the Scot.
“I still enjoy the fighting side of it. I enjoy training. Don’t get me wrong, the dieting does tend to be frustrating at times but I love it. Boxing is all I’ve ever done. I keep joking with everyone in the gym about being old but I’ll keep fighting as long as I’m not taking too many punches. Sparring is where you start to find that out. I think I’ve still got a few years left in me yet.”
Despite being a three weight world champion, some would argue Burns has never received the appreciation he deserves. However, he doesn’t see that as a problem.
“I don’t really care about that to be honest. Everyone who knows me knows that I’m not like that. I’ve never let it bother me. As long as I’m fighting regularly that’s all that matters to me. That’s why I’m so happy to finally get this one over the line.”
If Burns is to go onto bigger and better things, he will first have to put on a first class performance against Lee Selby to secure the win.