Ricky Burns looks to become Scotlands newest boxing hero tonight when he challenges Puerto Rico’s Roman Martinez on home soil for the WBO super-featherweight title at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall.
I first recall taking note of Burns when he defeated Graham Earl in just his 10th outing as a pro, Earl at the time was unbeaten in 22 fights and was the reigning British lightweight champion.
The fight had come a little too soon in the career of Burns that night and Arthur took a unanimous decision against a tough determined and skillful challenger in Burns, who gave Arthur all the trouble he could handle, proving that it wasn’t the last we were going to hear from him.
Burns though strongly believes he can upset the odds claiming he will win the fight if he sticks to his gameplan possibly by a late stoppage.
Yet coming to Scotland will be a very different experience to that night in the MEN Arena in Manchester.
On the undercard
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Middleweight Contest
GARY O’SULLIVAN vs. TBA
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
LIAM SMITH vs. TERRY CARRUTHERS
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Lightweight Contest
ALEX ARTHUR vs. PETER McDONAGH
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Featherweight Contest
PAUL APPLEBY vs. YORDAN VASILEV
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Featherweight Contest
STEVEN ORMOND vs. JOHNNY GREAVES
THE COMMONWEALTH FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds at 9st (126lb)
JOHN SIMPSON vs. STEPHEN SMITH
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Middleweight Contest
JOHN THAIN vs. PADDY POLOCK
THE WBO SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD
RICKY BURNS vs. ROMAN MARTINEZ
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