Burns, Ricky, Burns

By Robert Ecksel on August 27, 2016
Burns, Ricky, Burns
“He's got a high KO ratio,” said Burns, “so he will be very dangerous throughout.”

“The sky is the limit for Kiryl. He’s got raw punching power than makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end…”

Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs), the WBA super lightweight champion from Coatbridge, Scotland, United Kingdom, will make the first defense of his title on Saturday, October 7, at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, against WBA #1 ranked Kiryl Relikh (21-0, 19 KOs), the undefeated knockout artist from Minsk, Belarus.

“Relikh is a very tough fight as a first defense,” said Burns. “He’s got a high KO ratio so he will be very dangerous throughout. Trust me, he has my undivided attention and I will have to be at my best to get through this.

“There are some massive fights out there in the future against some huge names in the 140-pound division but we’re taking it one step at a time and that starts on October 7 at the Hydro.”

Burns is the former Commonwealth (British Empire) and WBO super featherweight champion. He won the vacant WBA title in his last fight against Michele Di Rocco, at the same venue in Glasgow, stopping the rugged Italian in round eight.

Relikh turned pro in 2011. He won the vacant WBA Inter-Continental super lightweight title in 2015 and has fought in Belarus, Bulgaria, Monaco, and England.  This is his first fight in Scotland.

Relikh fights under the banner of Hatton Promotions, whose proprietor Ricky Hatton said, “Kiryl is one of those cool, unflinching boxers. Nothing fazes him. This is a big opportunity for him and he’s not bothered about being the underdog.

“Kiryl’s been training and boxing away from home for years so he’ll have no problem going to Scotland for the fight. I think having the crowd against him will bring the best out of him.”

Relikh is unbeaten. He has a 90 percent KO ratio. He is 26 and in his prime.

“The sky is the limit for Kiryl,” said Hatton. “He’s got raw punching power than makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Ricky Burns is a top-class fighter. You don’t win three world titles by being anything less than world class, but there always has to be a changing of the guard and I think this could be Kiryl’s time.”

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  1. jethro's flute 02:17pm, 08/28/2016

    That was Ricky Hatton, not Ricky Burns, you daft tit.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 11:40am, 08/27/2016

    Speaking of the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end….Ricky receipted for the second most devastating turbo fueled KO in boxing history courtesy of Pacman. The most devastating turbo charged KO in boxing history of course being the one that Manny later suffered at the right hand of Memo Hernandez’s new best friend…..Karma is a bitch!

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