By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) will be fighting a tune-up bout in January to get ready for a possible fight against WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) in April, if Broner is still interested in facing Burns.
That’s a big if because Broner isn’t just going to stay in one place and waste his career away fighting in the lightweight division, which boxing fans have very little interest in. Broner will be moving up, so if Burns doesn’t take the fight then he’ll lose out on the good payday he was going to receive.
Burns’ manager Alex Morrison said to STV “I spoke to Ricky this morning and we decided he will not be fighting Adrien Broner in February. Ricky didn’t want to jump from a non-event to the biggest fight of his life in a matter of weeks. He’ll make a defense of his title in Glasgow in January and we’ll look at Broner after that.”
I smell fear. I think Broner needs to move on and quit wasting his time. If a world champion is saying he needs a tune-up before facing him then it’s not even worth it because I don’t see the interest there. I mean, it’s not as if Burns is a huge star and worth waiting around for.
Broner is the star and here he is giving a non-star an opportunity for a big payday in a fight that will give him a ton of media publicity, and yet Burns needs a tune and expects the talented Broner to just wait around for him? Forget that.
Broner needs to stop wasting his time with this and move on. If he wants to capture another lightweight title to somehow get validated by the experience then he needs to take on IBF champion Miguel Vazquez instead. At least that guy is ready to face Broner, and he doesn’t need a tune-up.