Burns: "I'll Prove There's Plenty Left In My Tank"
Ricky Burns is gunning for the ultimate birthday present
this weekend as he aims to add Julius Indongo's IBF and IBO
World titles to his own WBA Super-Lightweight title in their
unification clash at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Saturday.
The fight card will begin at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT.
Burns turned 34 on Thursday and came face-to-face with the
Namibian at their pre-fight press conference in Glasgow.
The Rickster welcomes the unbeaten Southpaw to the venue of
his moment of history in May when he became Scotland's first
three-weight World champion with an eighth round stoppage
win over Michele Di Rocco.
Burns defended his crown for the first time with a dogged
display against impressive mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh
in October. Indongo is the third man to test Burns in the
Hydro cauldron, and Burns is in no mood to let slip another
chance to create a piece of history as he aims to continue
his remarkable career at the very top.
"When I first started out you always think about winning
belts and being in massive fights, but I never set myself
any targets," said Burns. "I just worked hard and when I got
the chances, I took them and it paid off. I've had a few bad
nights and it took me a while to move down to Essex and get
used to training with Tony, but it's clicked now.
"I got the Di Rocco fight and I jumped at it. People noticed
there that I still had something to give, I knew it was
still there, but there were people that doubted that.
"I don't think about what I've done so far and I won't until
I hang them up. In my eyes, a fight is a fight. It's always
great to go into big fights like this one, but the pressure
is big enough in World title fights that I keep stuff like
legacies and so on away and just focus on what's in front of
me, that's the way I've always been.
"Don't get me wrong, I'm happy with what I've achieved and
people always say that I'm a three-weight World champion and
only one of three ever in Britain, but I've not really
thought about it and it's not sunk in.
"I just love fighting. People ask me all the time how long
do I think I can keep going and my answer is always as long
as I am not taking punishment, still want to do it and enjoy
it, then I'll keep going - and I think that there's years
left in me.
"I'm taking it one fight at a time. This is a big, big
night, the biggest I've had. We spoke about unification
fights at Super-Featherweight and Lightweight and now it's
here - I just can't wait. There were easier fights out there
and maybe even more lucrative fights, but this is the fight
I wanted and I'm confident that things will go well."
Burns clash with Indongo is part of a huge night of action
in Glasgow with two cracking British title fights leading
the supporting cast as Scotty Cardle looks to land the
Lightweight belt outright when he faces Robbie Barrett and
Charlie Edwards and Iain Butcher clash for the vacant
Rio Olympian Josh Kelly makes his pro debut, his Team GB
teammate Lawrence Okolie boxes for the second time in the
pros, Charlie Flynn fights for his first pro title as he
faces Ryan Collins for the Celtic Lightweight title and Joe
Ham takes on Scott McCormack for the Scottish