12th March 2013
No sooner had Matchroom Boxing and head man Eddie Hearn revealed WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns as their new star signing this afternoon, Frank Warren was already preparing to sue Burns for ‘substantial damages’ following the switch.
Burn’s though is adamant he has fulfilled his contractual obligations to Warren in the six fights he has had under their banner since winning the WBO super-featherweight title in April 2010, by beating Román Martínez.
Burns and his manager, Alex Morrison, gave Warren the news last week they were terminating their business relationship, but with the promoter claiming Burns as broken terms of the contract and he is not letting the defection go without a court battle.
A statement from Warren’s office sent to us on on Monday afternoon read:
“Since being promoted and managed by Frank Warren, Ricky Burns has earned just approaching three quarters of a million pounds and has had seven world title fights in just over two years.
Ricky Burns is under binding promotional and management contracts. Following the announcement by Eddie Hearn that Ricky Burns has signed with him, W Promotions Limited and Frank Warren are suing Burns for substantial damages.” End.
Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, meanwhile plan to unveil their new addition in his home city on May 11th on a big fight show in Glasgow. an opponent is to be announced next week.
Burns was due to fight at the same venue on March 16th the big attraction on a major Warren promoted bill in a unification fight against the IBF champion, Miguel Vázquez, until the Mexican withdrew, through illness. The show was cancelled but Warren says he will go ahead with the promotion on 20 April, headlined by Nathan Cleverly, who will defend his WBO light-heavyweight title against Robin Krasniqi.
The decision taken by Burns to sign with Matchroom mirrors that of follows that of Commonwealth super-middleweight champion, George Groves who last week made the same move, leaving Warren for Hearn.
The unbeaten Londoner made his debut for Hearn with a routine stoppage of Dario German Balmaceda at Wembley Arena on Saturday night.
This one looks like it could get messy and may run for a while!

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