Ricky Burns

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Ricky Burns
Burns in 2013
Nickname(s) Rickster
Rated at Super featherweight
Light welterweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1983-04-13) 13 April 1983 (age 32)
Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 45
Wins 39
Wins by KO 13
Losses 5
Draws 1

Ricky Burns (born 13 April 1983) is a British professional boxer from Coatbridge, Scotland. He is a former WBO super featherweight and lightweight champion, having also held the Commonwealth super featherweight title as well as having challenged for both the British and European titles.[1][2][3][4]


Early career[edit]

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.[5]

Title fights[edit]

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".[6]

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.[7]

New challenges[edit]

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.[8]

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.[9] Burns also spent time sparring former opponent Alex Arthur in preparation for Arthur's WBO Super-Featherweight title defence against Nicky Cook.[10]

Commonwealth champion[edit]

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.[11] 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".[12]

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.[13] Burns second defence took place in March 2009, and saw Burns halt former British champion Michael Gomez in the seventh round.[14] 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.[15] 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[edit]

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.[16] 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.[17]

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".[18] 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.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21]

Title defences[edit]

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.[22] 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.[23] Burns' next defence was scheduled for 16 July 2011 and against former WBO Champion Nicky Cook, in Liverpool's Echo Arena.[24] 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.[25]

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."[26] 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."[27]

Move to Lightweight[edit]

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.[26] 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."[28]

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.

Kevin Mitchell[edit]

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. After such a dominant performance, Burns was able to make a legitimate claim to being of the best at 135 pounds.

Cancelled fights[edit]

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.[29] Walsh's replacement was revealed to be Jose Ocampo.[30] Ocampo however, had to pull out due to death of his trainer.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33][34]

Vazquez fight and promotions change[edit]

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.[35] 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.[36][37]

Title defences[edit]

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 .[38][39] 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.[40]

Burns's promoter Eddie Hearn announced that Burns would fight again on 7 September 2013 against Raymundo Beltran of Mexico at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.[41] Burns was knocked down in the 8th round. The bout ended in a controversial split-decision draw as the vast majority of observers believed Beltran had won and the decision is seen as one of the worst decisions of 2013.. The draw meant Burns retained his WBO Lightweight title.[42][43][44] It was confirmed after the fight that Burns had broken his jaw as early as the second round. After having surgery the following day it was unsure when, and if, Burns would be able to fight again, but after the surgery was successful, Burns expressed interest in a rematch with Beltran. However, the WBO installed Terence Crawford as Burns's mandatory challenger and the bout took place on 1 March 2014, where Crawford defeated Burns by unanimous decision to win the WBO Lightweight title.


On 7 May 2014 it was announced that Burns would fight Dejan Zlaticanin at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow on 27 June 2014, it will be an eliminator fight for the WBC International title.[45] Burns lost the fight to Zlaticanin on split decision points, this was his second consecutive loss.

After the loss to Zlaticanin on 27 June 2014 Burns promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed on 4 July 2014 that he would have a "Make or Break" 10 round fight in a move to the light-welterweight division. Ths will be on 4 October 2014 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, giving Burns a break from fighting in Scotland, the fight was originally scheduled for 13 September 2014 in Manchester but was moved due to an elbow injury Burns sustained in the Zlaticanin fight.[46] Burns defeated French journeyman Alexandre Lepelley via points on his light-welterweight debut on 4 October 2014.[47]

In his US debut, Burns faced off against undefeated former WBC Lightweight champion Omar Figueroa on 9 May 2015 in Hidalgo, Texas.[48] Burns would go on to lose by a controversial unanimous decision.

Burns then went on to win two consecutive fights, firstly with a TKO victory against Prince Ofotsu on 1 August 2015 in Hull then winning via KO against Josh King on 7 November 2015 in Liverpool.

Professional boxing record[edit]

39 Wins (13 knockouts, 26 decisions), 5 Losses, 1 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 39–5–1 Australia Josh King KO 11 (12), 0:54 7 November 2015 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool Won WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title.
Win 38–5–1 Ghana Prince Ofotsu TKO 5 (8), 1:43 1 August 2015 United Kingdom Craven Park, Hull, Yorkshire
Loss 37–5–1 United States Omar Figueroa UD 12 9 May 2015 United States State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas
Win 37–4–1 France Alexandre Lepelley PTS 8 4 October 2014 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds
Loss 36–4–1 Montenegro Dejan Zlaticanin SD 12 27 June 2014 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow For vacant WBC International Lightweight title.
Loss 36–3–1 United States Terence Crawford UD 12 1 March 2014 United Kingdom SECC Arena, Glasgow Lost WBO Lightweight title.
Draw 36–2–1 Mexico Raymundo Beltrán SD 12 7 September 2013 United Kingdom SECC Arena, Glasgow Retained WBO Lightweight title.
Win 36–2 Puerto Rico Jose Gonzalez RTD 9 (12), 3:00 11 May 2013 United Kingdom Emirates Arena, Glasgow Retained WBO Lightweight title.
Win 35–2 United Kingdom Kevin Mitchell TKO 4 (12), 2:59 22 September 2012 United Kingdom SECC Arena, Glasgow Retained WBO Lightweight title.
Win 34–2 Namibia Paulus Moses UD 12 10 March 2012 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow Retained WBO Lightweight title.
Win 33–2 Australia Michael Katsidis UD 12 5 November 2011 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London Won interim WBO Lightweight title.
Win 32–2 United Kingdom Nicky Cook TKO 1 (12), 1:33 16 July 2011 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool Retained WBO Super Featherweight title.
Win 31–2 Ghana Joseph Laryea RTD 7 (12), 3:00 12 March 2011 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow Retained WBO Super Featherweight title.
Win 30–2 Norway Andreas Evensen UD 12 4 December 2010 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow Retained WBO Super Featherweight title.
Win 29–2 Puerto Rico Roman Martinez UD 12 4 September 2010 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow Won WBO Super Featherweight title.
Win 28–2 Syria Youssef Al Hamidi PTS 8 15 May 2010 United Kingdom Upton Park, West Ham, London
Win 27–2 United Kingdom Kevin O'Hara UD 12 19 June 2009 United Kingdom Bellahouston Sports Centre, Glasgow Retained Commonwealth Super Featherweight title.
Win 26–2 United Kingdom Michael Gomez TKO 7 (12), 0:47 27 March 2009 United Kingdom Bellahouston Sports Centre, Glasgow Retained Commonwealth Super Featherweight title.
Win 25–2 Ghana Yakubu Amidu TKO 7 (12), 2:57 14 November 2008 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow Retained Commonwealth Super Featherweight title.
Win 24–2 Ghana Osumanu Akaba UD 12 26 September 2008 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London Won vacant Commonwealth Super Featherweight title.
Win 23–2 Romania Gheorghe Ghiompirica PTS 10 17 May 2008 United Kingdom Thistle Hotel, Glasgow
Win 22–2 United Kingdom Billy Smith PTS 4 22 March 2008 United Kingdom Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff
Win 21–2 Nigeria Silence Saheed TKO 3 (6), 2:45 22 February 2008 United Kingdom Dalziel Park Hotel, Motherwell
Win 20–2 United Kingdom Billy Smith PTS 6 15 December 2007 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh
Win 19–2 Syria Youssef Al Hamidi PTS 6 3 November 2007 United Kingdom Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Win 18–2 Ghana Ben Odamattey PTS 8 26 October 2007 United Kingdom SeeWoo Restaurant, Glasgow
Win 17–2 France Frederic Bonifai TKO 5 (8), 2:45 13 October 2007 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 16–2 United Kingdom Ernie Smith PTS 6 15 September 2007 United Kingdom Linwood Leisure Centre, Paisley
Loss 15–2 United Kingdom Carl Johanneson UD 12 9 February 2007 United Kingdom Leeds Town Hall, Leeds For BBBofC Super Featherweight title.
Win 15–1 Bulgaria Wladimir Borov PTS 8 4 November 2006 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow
Win 14–1 Benin Adolphe Avadja TKO 5 (8), 2:14 1 April 2006 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Loss 13–1 United Kingdom Alex Arthur UD 12 18 February 2006 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh For BBBofC, EBU and Commonwealth Super Featherweight titles.
Win 13–0 United Kingdom Alan Temple PTS 4 23 July 2005 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh
Win 12–0 Pakistan Haider Ali PTS 8 17 June 2005 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow
Win 11–0 Uganda Buster Dennis PTS 6 8 April 2005 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh
Win 10–0 United Kingdom Graham Earl PTS 8 25 February 2005 United Kingdom Wembley Conference Centre, London
Win 9–0 United Kingdom Colin Bain PTS 6 12 December 2004 United Kingdom Marriott Hotel, Glasgow
Win 8–0 United Kingdom Jeff Thomas PTS 4 29 October 2004 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow
Win 7–0 United Kingdom Daniel Thorpe PTS 6 8 October 2004 United Kingdom Marriott Hotel, Glasgow
Win 6–0 Albania Fation Kacanolli PTS 8 8 December 2002 United Kingdom Thistle Hotel, Glasgow
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Neil Murray TKO 2 (4), 0:36 19 October 2002 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow
Win 4–0 United Kingdom Ernie Smith PTS 6 6 September 2002 United Kingdom Thistle Hotel, Glasgow
Win 3–0 United Kingdom Gary Harrison TKO 1 (4), 1:30 8 June 2002 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow
Win 2–0 United Kingdom Peter Allen PTS 6 15 March 2002 United Kingdom Thistle Hotel, Glasgow
Win 1–0 United Kingdom Woody Greenaway PTS 4 20 October 2001 United Kingdom Thistle Hotel, Glasgow


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Preceded by
Kevin Mitchell
Commonwealth Super Featherweight Champion
26 September 2008 – 23 October 2010
Succeeded by
Liam Walsh
Preceded by
Román Martínez
WBO Super Featherweight Champion
4 September 2010 – 10 September 2011
Succeeded by
Adrien Broner
Preceded by
Robert Guerrero
WBO Lightweight Champion
Interim title

5 November 2011 – 6 January 2012
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Marquez
WBO Lightweight Champion
6 January 2012 – 1 March 2014
Succeeded by
Terence Crawford