BURNS ATTEMPTS HISTORY MAKING FEAT THIS SATURDAY IN GLASGOW

Ricky Burns will look to become Scotland’s first three-weight world champion when he takes on Michele Di Rocco for the vacant WBA super-lightweight title at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old from Coatbridge weighed in today at Glasgow’s St Enoch centre; coming in at 9st, 13lbs, 2oz, thats two ounces lighter than his 34-year-old Italian opponent Rocco (40-1-1, 18KOs.

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After the weigh in a confident Burns (39-5-1-KO13) told the press he is hungrier than ever and confident of victory in Glasgow: “I’m feeling really good. The hard part is over and I made the weight comfortably obviously because I moved up. Camp has gone great and I’m really looking forward to the bit I’ve been training to do. Fingers crossed I put in a good performance.

“Things have been coming together in training and sparring. I teamed up with Tony [Sims] two years ago and I’m happy with the way things have been going. It’s about taking it from there and producing it in the ring. We’re confident we’re going out there to do a job.

“Everybody’s going to see the Ricky Burns who always turns up to fight, gives it everything. I never back down and when it gets tough I’m always prepared to go toe-to-toe.

“I’m hungrier than ever. Back in Glasgow, I’m looking forward to going out there and getting the win.

“We’ve watched quite a bit of him. He’s got 18 knockouts so he can punch. He’s not fought in a year and not really fought outside Italy so how’s he going to handle Glasgow and how’s he going to handle me? He’s going to find it tough in there.

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“This is a huge fight and a massive opportunity for me to make history,” Burns added. “It feels like a long time coming returning to Glasgow and I feel this is the perfect opportunity for me to grab another world title in front of my loyal supporters.

“The fans up here are unbelievable. When the first bell goes it’s you and him but when you’re teeing off and the crowd are behind you, it gives you a wee spur on. Let’s hope they make some noise tomorrow night.

“It’s a great weekend of boxing. Fingers crossed I do the best and then you’ve got Tony Bellew on Sunday. I wish him all the best and fingers crossed he brings that world title home.”

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