Ricky Burns vs. Miguel Vazquez to still take place on 4/20, says Warren
By Scott Gilfoid: British promoter Frank Warren is saying that the unification bout between IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO’s) and WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-3, 10 KO’s) will still be taking place, according to the Guardian.
Warren said to the guardian.co.uk “I have a contract with Vazquez…I have a contract with Ricky. I like Ricky. I don’t want to fall out with him…Vazquez is contracted to box Ricky Burns on that date.”
Well, there it is. Burns will still be facing Vazquez on April 20th, and I it’s just as well. It’s not as if anything would really change all that much if someone else were promoting Burns. It’s the same pool of fighters at lightweight we’re talking about, and once you take the talented WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner out of the equation, there’s just not much in the way of names in the division.
Whether it’s Warren making the fights or another promoter, we’re still talking about the same fighters that Burns will be limited to. He had a chance to fight Broner twice and he failed to do it, and now it looks like Broner is moving on to bigger and better things at welterweight.
What’s unclear is how much time is left on Burns’ contract with Warren. The way Burns walked away recently you’d get the impression that his contract was over with, but Warren is saying he’s still under contract. Did Burns not realize that he’s still under contract with Warren?
I think it would be better for Burns’ sake just to scrap the entire Vazquez fight because that’s a really match-up for him, and it could very well turn out real bad with him getting schooled by Vazquez. Also, what’s the point in capturing another world title when Broner is moving up to welterweight?
The leverage that Burns would have gotten in a unification bout with Broner will be gone once Broner moves up to 147. Burns doesn’t need two titles to get a better deal with WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril. That’s overkill, believe me. One title is enough. There really isn’t any point in Burns trying to pick up Vazquez’s strap because the Broner bus has pulled out of the station, and Burns is stuck standing by the curb with nowhere to go even if he captures his IBF title.
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