Ricky Burns: The Broner fight is up to my management

By Boxing News - 11/21/2012 - Comments

Image: Ricky Burns: The Broner fight is up to my managementBy Scott Gilfoid: Whether WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) faces WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) in a mouthwatering unification bout in the near future is up to Burns’s management, he says.

Burns told Steve Bunce “I just leave it up to my management and promoter. They always give me the fights at the right time.”

So Burns is just leaving up to his management and promoter whether he fights Broner? I can’t stand when fighters give that as the excuse when asked why don’t they fight so and so. I mean, does Burns want to fight Broner or not? The old ‘I’m leaving it up to my promoter bit’ makes me think that Burns isn’t all that interested in facing Broner.

I can totally understand that because the way Broner looked in destroying Antonio DeMarco last weekend I can see him destroying a light puncher like Burns in two or three rounds tops. DeMarco was considered the best fighter in the lightweight division before Broner got a hold of him and we saw easily Broner reduced DeMarco to rubble in taking him out in 8 easy rounds. Now we’ve got Burns saying it’s up his manager and promoter whether or not he ultimately faces Broner.

What I’ve noticed is that when fighters give the old ‘it’s up to my promoter/manager’ excuse they rarely end up fighting the guy that they’re being asked about. Will this happen with Burns? I don’t like it. When a fighter wants to fight another guy they usually speak up instead of saying it’s up to their management.

The thing is Burns had the opportunity to fight Broner last year but moved up in weight just when the fight was offered to him. A lot of boxing fans felt that Burns ducked the fight. He says that he couldn’t make the super featherweight limit any longer and that’s why he moved up. It was just a coincidence that he moved up to lightweight when he was finally facing his first dangerous challenger. Now Burns is faced with Broner again and he’s saying “I just leave it up to my manager.” I think I’m starting to smell fear.

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