Updated: 29/06/2012 11:26 | By pa.press.net

Burns set for Mitchell showdown



Ricky Burns (© pictured)

Ricky Burns (pictured) will defend his WBO title against Kevin Mitchell

Scotland's Ricky Burns will face Englishman Kevin Mitchell in a long-awaited world title contest.

Promoter Frank Warren announced on Tuesday that Burns would defend his WBO lightweight title against the Londoner in Glasgow on September 22.

Talks have been ongoing over setting up the clash since Burns stepped up to lightweight in impressive style with a convincing victory over Australian Michael Katsidis, who had previously beaten Mitchell emphatically at Upton Park.

Former world super-featherweight champion Burns, who defended his lightweight title against Paulus Moses in March, said: "The fight's been on the boil for the last couple of years and the fans and press have been desperate for it to happen, it's fantastic that it's on at last.

"We are both at the top of our game now and I'm in this sport to prove that I'm the best, next to me Mitchell's the best around and it will be great fight between two warriors.

"He put on a great showing against John Murray last year that showed just how good a boxer he is to take apart another champion.

"But this fight is the fight I've wanted and it's got me really excited. Mitchell's going to bring out the best in me and I believe that the fans are going to be in for an unbelievable fight."

Mitchell, whose loss to Katsidis is his only professional defeat, added: "I'm promising you now you're going to see the best fight of the year or any year. This is a real fight between the two best in the division and it's not going to be for the faint-hearted.

"I rate Burns very highly, he's a great fighter and has really proved himself as one of the top champions in the world.

"I'm going into the lion's den and I know I can beat him and take the world title."

10Comments
26/06/2012 16:45
26/06/2012 19:42
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great fight..well done to frank for getting this one on...two top boys i cant pick a winner at the moment..r wait to see who my moneys going on...good luck to um both...and may the best man win
26/06/2012 22:00
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I'm going to wang a monkey on Mitchell. This geezer is the business. Wallop, wallop, gercha.
11/05/2013 23:59
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Just watched the fight . I think Mitchell was getting the better of Burns then didn't get up for the tenth round. Seems a broken bone or some thing, 20 grand to throw it maybe............Cynic!!
26/06/2012 19:42
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ha how ironic how a scottish person is talking about anyhwere south of the border as a '****ehole'
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well done to frank for getting this one on...two top boys i cant pick a winner at the moment..r wait to see who my moneys going on...good luck to um both...and may the best man win


26/06/2012 18:28
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This promises to be a great fight.

I fancy Mitchell to win a thriller.

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good luck mitchell, hope you knock him out and bring the title south where it belongs.
26/06/2012 14:45
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Aye sure you are mitchell!!!! Youve no chance. The only thing your taking back down to that 

s h i t e h o l e is a reminder never to come back!!!! So promote the fight, talk some s h i t e get your a s s kicked then take your sorry a s s back down the road, tail between your legs. FREEDOM ya bass

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