|Real name||Ricky Burns|
|Nickname(s)||Rickster / The Big Man|
|Height||5 ft 10 (178cm)|
13 April 1983 |
Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Great Britain
|Wins by KO||11|
Ricky Burns (born 13 April 1983) is a Scottish professional boxer from Coatbridge, who fights in the lightweight division and is currently the WBO Lightweight champion. He is also a former WBO Super-Featherweight champion, Commonwealth super featherweight champion and has previously challenged for both the British and European titles. He is considered to be one of the "nice guys" of boxing and a superb role model.
- 1 Career
- 2 Professional boxing record
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Burns first fight as a professional was a four round victory in October 2001 over Woody Greenaway at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow, Scotland. On 12 December 2004, following a string of seven wins over opponents including Jeff Thomas, Ernie Smith and Daniel Thorpe he was matched against fellow unbeaten prospect Colin Bain. The fight, at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow, resulted in a first career defeat for Bain as Burns won over the six round distance. For Burns, the win set him up for a journey south of the border to face the unbeaten British lightweight champion Graham Earl in a non-title fight. The fight with Earl took place at the Wembley Conference Center and Burns produced one of the upsets of the year when he scored a points victory to beat Earl over eight rounds.
The win against Earl meant he would land a shot at the big time when in February 2006, he took on reigning British, Commonwealth and European champion Alex Arthur. The fight took place in Edinburgh and ended in defeat for Burns, as Arthur retained on points. Burns who was still only a 12-fight novice at this stage took the fight to Arthur prompting the champion to heap praise on him; "Ricky Burns was in superb shape and he was up for the fight" said Arthur, "He's a brilliant boxer with a great future and he could be a world champion one day." Burns himself refused to be disappointed with the loss saying; "I don't count that as a loss. I'm just 22 and it was great experience for me".
Burns next had a crack at the British title almost exactly a year later when in February 2007, he met reigning champion Carl Johanneson at the Town Hall in Leeds. The fight ended once again in defeat with Burns losing a 12 round decision to the experienced champion. Johanneson intent on winning well before his home crowd hounded Burns throughout the fight and managed to knock Burns down three times.
After the defeat to Johanneson, Burns took the decision to leave his old boxing club in a bid to seek a new challenge. Burns had worked with Rab Bannan at the Barn Boxing Club for over 14 years, but the Johanneson defeat prompted a need for a change of direction. On telling his former mentor the news Burns said; "It was a nightmare having to tell him. It was really sad because I’ve been with him for 14 years. All my boxing life really. It was really hard but we left on good terms and we shook hands and I’m sure our paths will cross again." Burns moved to the Dalmarnock gym in Glasgow, where he could train alongside the likes of Willie Limond and Kenny Anderson.
Since the fight with Johanneson, Burns won eight fights in a row. A ten round win over Romanian Gheorghe Ghiompirica at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow gave him the lightly regarded British International Masters belt. Burns also spent time sparring former opponent Alex Arthur in preparation for Arthur's WBO Super-Featherweight title defence against Nicky Cook.
In September 2008, Burns was in line for a crack at the vacant Commonwealth title, a belt which had been given up by Londoner Kevin Mitchell. The challenge took place at the York Hall in Bethnal Green and saw Burns outpoint the Ghanaian Osumana Akaba over 12 rounds. The fight which was taken with only weeks notice after the original main event on the card was cancelled propelled Burns into the championship frame. Speaking of his future ambitions Burns said; "There is only one fight I want at the moment. That fight would be the current British champion Kevin Mitchell. He recently has been injured, and won't be back until December so we'll have to see what happens".
Burns defended his crown at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall soon afterwards in November 2008, against another Ghanaian, Yakubu Amidu. The African fighter had a record of 16–1–1, with all his victories coming by way of stoppage. Burns however was too much and his superior fitness levels showed as the referee stopped the contest in the seventh round handing victory to the Scotsman. Burns second defence took place in March 2009, and saw Burns halt former British champion Michael Gomez in the seventh round. On 20 June 2009, Burns made perhaps the toughest defence of his title yet with a hard fought 12 round win over Northern Ireland's Kevin O'Hara. with the assistance of the highly experienced trainer Billy Nelson and his Fighting Scots Gym in Stepps. Ricky became Billy's first world champion.
Super featherweight World champion
Burns success in the ring had elevated him to the number one ranking with the World Boxing Organization's rankings. Burns' promoter Frank Warren tried to negotiate a match with the reigning champion Roman Martinez. The bout with the Puerto Rican champion had been subject to numerous delays with the fight scheduled for both Scotland and Puerto Rico at various intervals only for the fight never to materialise and for Martinez to make a voluntary defence of his title instead. The uncertainty for Burns meant that a proposed British title contest against Gary Sykes never happened with Sykes winning the title against Burns replacement Andy Morris and defending against the man Burns had defeated in his last Commonwealth title defence Kevin O'Hara. Finally after almost a year of frustration Burns re-entered the ring on 15 May 2010, on the undercard of Kevin Mitchell's world title shot against Michael Katsidis at the Boleyn Ground. Burns continued his winning streak and kept ticking over with an eight round win over journeyman and former foe Youssef Al Hamidi. Burns claimed after the fight that he hoped the fight with Román Martinez would materialise around July and that it would be in Glasgow.
The WBO super-featherweight title showdown between Burns and Roman Martinez was eventually confirmed on 24 June 2010 and scheduled to take place at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow on 4 September. Speaking at the announcement of the fight Burns said; "this has been dragging on a bit..it is the biggest fight of my career but I'm more than confident that I can beat him". Finally on 4 September, Burns entered the ring at Kelvin Hall to face the WBO's unbeaten reigning world champion Roman Martinez. Martinez had held the title for over a year winning it from Englishman Nicky Cook and defending twice against Colombian Feider Viloria and Argentinian Gonzalo Munguia. Despite suffering a knockdown in the first round, Burns took the fight to the champion winning on all three judges scorecards 115–112, 115–112 and 115–113 to inflict a career first defeat on Martinez and finally winning the world title.
Speaking of the fight, Burns promoter Frank Warren said; "this was the best night I've ever had in Scotland and I've had some great shows with Scott Harrison and Alex Arthur as well as bringing Nigel Benn and Frank Bruno up here." Describing the atmosphere at the Kelvin Hall as "electric" he went on to praise Burns, who in winning the title had become Scotland's 12th world champion, saying Scotland had a new "sporting hero" and that the win would lead to a renaissance in Scottish boxing. It also transpired that before the fight the manager of Celtic, Neil Lennon had called to wish Burns the best and sent him a Celtic strip signed by the whole of the first team as a good luck present.
On 4 December 2010, Burns defended his title for the first time against Norwegian boxer Andreas Evensen who held the WBO inter-continental belt at featherweight. The fight, at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, resulted in another unanimous points win for Burns with the Scotsman also scoring a knockdown in the first round. On 12 March 2011, Burns made his second defence again at the Braehead Arena. His opponent the Ghanaian boxer Joseph Laryea had won the WBO Inter-Continental title win a victory over Scotsman Paul Appleby on the same night that Burns beat Evenson. The fight was stopped in the 7th round after Laryea withdrew citing a broken knuckle with Burns ahead in the fight. Burns' next defence was scheduled for 16 July 2011 and against former WBO Champion Nicky Cook, in Liverpool's Echo Arena. The fight resulted in a 93 second stoppage for Burns as Cook's corner threw in the towel following an injury to his back. After only six seconds a punch from Burns resulted in Cook receiving a count and complaining of back trouble. Cook was sent to the canvas twice more before his corner retired the boxer handing a third straight defence of the title to Burns who said that he would like to fight the South African boxer Mzonke Fana next.
Burns was next scheduled to meet mandatory challenger, and Boxrec No. 1 rated Super featherweight, Adrien Broner, but announced on 22 September 2011 that he would be relinquishing his WBO Super featherweight title and moving up to compete at lightweight. Burns said that the move up a weight division would ease the pressure of having to control his weight saying "the last couple of fights it was getting harder and harder for me to do it." Adrien Broner commented on the situation, saying, "You vacated the title talking about you couldn't make weight no more. But you just fought four times and defended this title," Broner further said, "But everyone knows boxing is a game where you can duck fighters... and I guess he felt like running away was best for his career."
Move to Lightweight
In his first fight at the weight it was announced that Burns would fight Australian Michael Katsidis in London for the WBO interim lightweight title. Speaking of the fight Burns said that it would definitely be the toughest of his career saying "I don't think they could have got me a harder fight if they tried, he's been in with the best of the weight, he's proved himself, obviously he's one of the best in the division and it's a great chance to get out there and show what I can do." On 5 November 2011, Burns took on Katsidis for the WBO interim lightweight championship and despite being the slight underdog went on to win the fight by unanimous decision. After the fight Burns claimed to have "proved a lot of people wrong" as some people "thought Michael would walk all over me". Speaking of the fight he added "Michael didn't give me a minute, he kept coming forward but I'd prepared for that. I'm doing my job and that's the way I always look at it."
On 26 January 2012, Burns was installed as WBO Lightweight champion after former champion Juan Manuel Márquez moved up a division to Welterweight. Ricky defended his WBO Lightweight title against Namibian fighter Paulus Moses. He will have the homefield advantage with the fight being held in Braehead Arena, Glasgow. Burns said, “It's great news about the title but it's back to reality and training hard for what will be a tough title defence against Moses in my homecoming in Scotland. “For the last 10 years I’ve been grafting away in my career. But in the last couple of years it has really taken off with me beating Roman Martinez and then beating a great warrior like Katsidis to put me up there with the best in the world.” Ricky would go on to successfully defend his title via a unanimous points win, with Moses outboxed by Ricky, who was awarded victory 119–110,120–110,117–111 by the three judges.
In June 2012 it was confirmed after months of negotiations that Burns' next fight will be another defence of his WBO Lightweight title, against former WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight champion Kevin Mitchell on 22 September 2012. In front of a sold out Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Burns turned in a career best performance to defeat Mitchell via fourth-round TKO. Burns looked the much bigger man on fight night and seemed to recognise this adopting a more aggressive style, he was gaining control of the fight by the 4th round out boxing Mitchell he would go on to Knock Mitchell down twice in Round 4 in the last minute of round 4 and a further onslaught forced the referee to stop the fight. Burns not known as a puncher made a big statement in this fight that he may be the best 135 pounder in the world.
On 15 December 2012, Burns was expected to defend his WBO Lightweight title against Liam Walsh at the ExCeL, London. Walsh was later involved in a car crash and had to pull out. Walsh's replacement was revealed to be Jose Ocampo. Ocampo however, had to pull out due to death of his trainer. then followed an announcement from Burns that he would not be competing in London on that date after not being able to find an opponent in time. With promoter Frank Warren unable to secure an opponent for a rescheduled date of 26 January 2013, Burns declined the opportunity of an exhibition bout, deciding instead to take a long rest between fights.
Vazquez fight and Promotions change
On 4 March 2013, the unification fight between Burns and Miguel Vazquez (which was originally scheduled for 16 March 2013) was postponed to 20 April 2013 because Vazquez was suffering from a viral infection. Burns was due to defend his WBO title while also challenging for Vazquez' IBF title. The Vazquez fight was also called off with Burns manager Alex Morrison telling The Scotsman "I doubt very much that fight was ever going to happen – leading to an announcement on 7 March 2013 that Burns had left Frank Warren's promotion stable.
On 11 March 2013 it was confirmed that Burns had joined Eddie Hearne's Matchroom promotions and fought for the first time under Matchroom on 11 May 2013, when he faced Puerto Rican Jose Gonzalez at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, a fight broadcast on Sky Sports . Burns won the fight in the ninth round after being outboxed in the first 6 rounds however the fight took a drastic change in round 7 where Burns was hurt before firing back in true championship style, Burns dominated rounds 8 & 9. Gonzalez refused to come out for the tenth round citing a damaged wrist for pulling out of the fight despite being 87-84 ahead on all 3 cards.
Burns's promoter Eddie Hearn announced that Burns would fight again in September 2013 against Raymundo Beltran of Mexico at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. Burns was knocked down in the 8th round. The bout ended in a controversial split-decision draw as many observers believed Beltran had won. The draw meant Burns retained his WBO Lightweight title. It was confirmed after the fight that Burns had broken his jaw as early as the second round. After having surgery the following day its unsure when, and if, Burns will be able to fight again.
Professional boxing record
|36 Wins (11 knockouts, 25 decisions), 2 Losses, 1 Draw, 0 No Contests|
|Draw||36–2–1||Raymundo Beltrán||SD||12||7 September 2013||SECC Arena, Glasgow, Scotland||Retained WBO Lightweight title.|
|Win||36–2||Jose Gonzalez||RTD||9 (12), 3:00||11 May 2013||Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland||Retained WBO Lightweight title.|
|Win||35–2||Kevin Mitchell||TKO||4 (12), 2:59||22 September 2012||SECC Arena, Glasgow, Scotland||Retained WBO Lightweight title.|
|Win||34–2||Paulus Moses||UD||12||10 March 2012||Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland||Retained WBO Lightweight World Title.|
|Win||33–2||Michael Katsidis||UD||12||5 November 2011||Wembley Arena, London, England||for WBO Interim Lightweight World Title.|
|Win||32–2||Nicky Cook||TKO||1 (12), 1:33||16 July 2011||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Retained WBO Super Featherweight World Title.|
|Win||31–2||Joseph Laryea||RTD||7 (12), 3:00||12 March 2011||Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland||Retained WBO Super Featherweight World Title.|
|Win||30–2||Andreas Evensen||UD||12||4 December 2010||Braehead Arena, Glasgow||Retained WBO Super Featherweight World Title.|
|Win||29–2||Roman Martinez||UD||12||4 September 2010||Kelvin Hall, Glasgow||Won WBO Super Featherweight World Title.|
|Win||28–2||Youssef Al Hamidi||PTS||8||15 May 2010||Upton Park, West Ham, London|
|Win||27–2||Kevin O'Hara||UD||12||19 June 2009||Bellahouston Sports Centre, Glasgow||Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) Super Featherweight Title.|
|Win||26–2||Michael Gomez||TKO||7 (12), 0:47||27 March 2009||Bellahouston Sports Centre, Glasgow||Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) Super Featherweight Title.|
|Win||25–2||Yakubu Amidu||TKO||7 (12), 2:57||14 November 2008||Kelvin Hall, Glasgow||Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) Super Featherweight Title.|
|Win||24–2||Osumanu Akaba||UD||12||26 September 2008||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London||Won vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Super Featherweight Title.|
|Win||23–2||Gheorghe Ghiompirica||PTS||10||17 May 2008||Thistle Hotel, Glasgow|
|Win||22–2||Billy Smith||PTS||4||22 March 2008||Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff|
|Win||21–2||Silence Saheed||TKO||3 (6), 2:45||22 February 2008||Dalziel Park Hotel, Motherwell|
|Win||20–2||Billy Smith||PTS||6||15 December 2007||Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh|
|Win||19–2||Youssef Al Hamidi||PTS||6||3 November 2007||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff|
|Win||18–2||Ben Odamattey||PTS||8||26 October 2007||SeeWoo Restaurant, Glasgow|
|Win||17–2||Frederic Bonifai||TKO||5 (8), 2:45||13 October 2007||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London|
|Win||16–2||Ernie Smith||PTS||6||15 September 2007||Linwood Leisure Centre, Paisley|
|Loss||15–2||Carl Johanneson||UD||12||9 February 2007||Town Hall, Leeds||For British Super Featherweight Title.|
|Win||15–1||Wladimir Borov||PTS||8||4 November 2006||Kelvin Hall, Glasgow|
|Win||14–1||Adolphe Avadja||TKO||5 (8), 2:14||1 April 2006||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London|
|Loss||13–1||Alex Arthur||UD||12||18 February 2006||Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh||For British, European (EBU) and Commonwealth (British Empire)
Super Featherweight Titles.
|Win||13–0||Alan Temple||PTS||4||23 July 2005||Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh|
|Win||12–0||Haider Ali||PTS||8||17 June 2005||Kelvin Hall, Glasgow|
|Win||11–0||Buster Dennis||PTS||6||8 April 2005||Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh|
|Win||10–0||Graham Earl||PTS||8||25 February 2005||Wembley Conference Centre, London|
|Win||9–0||Colin Bain||PTS||6||12 December 2004||Marriott Hotel, Glasgow|
|Win||8–0||Jeff Thomas||PTS||4||29 October 2004||Braehead Arena, Glasgow|
|Win||7–0||Daniel Thorpe||PTS||6||8 October 2004||Marriott Hotel, Glasgow|
|Win||6–0||Fation Kacanolli||PTS||8||8 December 2002||Thistle Hotel, Glasgow|
|Win||5–0||Neil Murray||TKO||2 (4), 0:36||19 October 2002||Braehead Arena, Glasgow|
|Win||4–0||Ernie Smith||PTS||6||6 September 2002||Thistle Hotel, Glasgow|
|Win||3–0||Gary Harrison||TKO||1 (4), 1:30||8 June 2002||Braehead Arena, Glasgow|
|Win||2–0||Peter Allen||PTS||6||15 March 2002||Thistle Hotel, Glasgow|
|Win||1–0||Woody Greenaway||PTS||4||20 October 2001||Thistle Hotel, Glasgow|
- "Ricky Burns is a credit to boxing – let's give him due respect". mirror.co.uk. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
- "Ricky Burns is British boxings best role model". fanshare.com. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
- "Ricky Burns: ‘When We Trade, I Guarantee I’ll Not Be The One Backing Off First!’". frankwarren.com. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
- "Ricky Hatton pays tribute to "top-drawer" Ricky Burns". bbc.co.uk. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- Scottish Boxing | Burns beats British Lightweight Champion at Wembley
- BBC Sport | Arthur beats Burns in bruising title defence
- Scottish Boxing | Brave Burns loses on points to Johanneson
- Airdrie & Coatbridge Observer | Burns leaves Barn club
- Airdrie & Coatbridge Observer | Burns too hot for Romanian
- Arthur ready to cook up a storm with sparring partner Burns
- Burns claims Commonwealth Crown
- Eastside boxing | Burns : there is only one fight I want at the moment
- Britishboxing.net | Burns hunts down the Yak
- BBC Sport | Burns retains title against Gomez
- BBC Sport | Burns overcomes O'Hara in Glasgow
- BBC Sport | Ricky Burns awaits title destiny
- Airdie and Coatbridge Advertiser | Burns clinches Upton Park win
- BBC Sport | Ricky Burns secures title bout with Roman Martinez
- Boxrec | Roman Martinez professional record
- BBC sport | Ricky Burns beats Martinez in Glasgow
- The Telegraph | Ricky Burns shows true courage to become Scotlands 12th world champion
- BBC Sport | Ricky Burns defeats Andreas Evensen to retain WBO crown
- BBC Sport | Super featherweight Ricky Burns retains WBO title
- BBC Sport | Ricky Burns set to defend WBO title against Cook
- BBC Sport | Ricky Burns stops Nicky Cook in first round the retain WBO title
- BBC Sport | Burns ready for toughest fight with Katsidis
- Boxingscene | Adrien Broner Blasts Ricky Burns
- BBC Sport | Ricky Burns beats Michael Katsidis to win Lightweight title
- "Ricky Burns keeps title after disputed draw against Raymundo Beltrán". The Guardian. September 7, 2013.
- "Burns vs Beltran results: Raymundo Beltran robbed of title win in controversial draw". Bad Left Hook. September 7, 2013.
|Commonwealth Super Featherweight Champion
26 September 2008 – 23 October 2010
|WBO Super Featherweight Champion
4 September 2010 – 10 September 2011
|WBO Lightweight Champion
5 November 2011 – 6 January 2012
Juan Manuel Marquez
|WBO Lightweight Champion
6 January 2012–present