By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer still hasn’t given up on the idea of trying to get WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) to agree to fight Golden Boy fighter WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner 25-0, 21 KO’s) on February 16th in the United States.
Schaefer is willing to pay Burns a lot more money than he usually gets for his fights if he’ll agree to fight the talented Broner. As of now, Burns’ manager Alex Morrison is looking to have Burns fight on January 26th in Glasgow, Scotland rather than taking on the dangerous Broner. However, it could be that they’re waiting to see if they get the offer that they from Golden Boy for this fight.
Schaefer said this about the Burns-Broner fight as quoted by thesun.co.uk “The date I have for Adrien Broner and Ricky Burns is February 16. I hope we can make it happen then. I don’t see why not and Ricky Burns will be paid two or three times more than his previous best purse. The venue could be Atlantic City on the East Coast.”
That sounds like a great deal and a win-win situation for Burns because even though he’ll likely get smashed to bits by Broner, Burns will get a lot of visibility in this fight in addition to his nice payday. Sure, Burns will likely lose badly by a knockout but he can come back from the loss and scoop up his World Boxing Organization title later on in the year or next year when Broner vacates the strap and moves up in weight to go after the much bigger money fights.
The Burns fight is just a short stopover for Broner on his way to stardom at 140 and 147. After Broner vacates, Burns can always slide back in, grab the vacant belt, and resume fighting guys like Kevin Mitchell, Liam Walsh and Gavin Rees. Broner will be busy looking for the top dogs at 140, like Lucas Matthysse, Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia before moving up to 147 to take on the best fighters in that weight class.