News | Apr 22 2019

Ricky Burns targets Lee Selby fight

Ricky Burns wants to fight his way back to another world title fight
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Ricky Burns during the weigh in  |  Action Images/Peter Cziborra

IF Josh Taylor had needed a replacement for his May 18 world title fight with Ivan Baranchyk, Ricky Burns would have been willing to step in – for the right price.

“We were negotiating,” his manager Charlie Sims told Boxing News. “Financially it has to make sense but that fight was really touch and go, we were nearly there, but anyway it seems like another opportunity has arisen.”

It would have required Burns to move up above lightweight, his more natural division. But it appears that the Scotsman will have options at 135lbs. “Lee Selby’s name’s been put about. We’re negotiating at the moment,” Sims said. “It’s just about when and where it’s going to happen, both fighters are quite happy to fight each other. Hopefully we can do that as some sort of eliminator, maybe for the IBF.”


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