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    Default Ricky Burns v Julius Indongo - rd-by-rd/Sky Sports

    Ricky Burns (WBA) v Julius Indongo (IBF) Unification 15th April 2017

    It's seven o'clock on a crisp Essex morning and a group of hardened fighters have gathered in a converted farm building.

    The men exchange nods before retreating to their thoughts. A sense of foreboding pervades the stale air.

    "I'm Tony," says the main man, extending his hand. "Ricky will be here any minute. Cuppa tea?"

    Sure enough, a moment later the WBA world super-lightweight champion, Ricky Burns, strolls into the gym, joking with his good pal, Lee Crawford.

    "We're about to do the triangle," says Burns. "It's murder." The smile and the message are at odds.

    And soon it begins - five laps of a 1.2km triangular course along hilly Brentwood back roads. The boxers set off briskly, running in a pack before fanning out.

    Trainer Tony Sims informs each man of his time as he sprints across the line. He's pleased with Burns' quickening pace but encourages him to push even harder when he starts his next lap in precisely 60 seconds' time.

    Before his world unification fight at Glasgow's SSE Hydro with Namibia's IBF champion Julius Indongo, the 33-year-old Scot looks powerful as he sheds the pounds gradually to make the fighting weight of 10st.

    "I wouldn't do it if I didn't enjoy it," says only the third British fighter, following Bob Fitzsimmons in 1903 and Duke McKenzie in 1992, to win world titles at three weights. "That's the worst bit over for the day."

    With sweat dripping from his nose and grinning broadly, he walks back to the gym to start circuit training. It's not yet 07:30.

    Burns is 400 miles from home and learning to cope with being away from his wife, Amanda, and their young son.

    For him, it's a question of sacrifice: He has to endure these 12-week training camps to be in the best possible shape.

    He is as modest as they come. As WBO world super-featherweight champion, Burns kept his Saturday job in a Lanarkshire sports shop just to keep himself grounded.

    Were it not for his pal's more upmarket car, his journeys to Essex from Coatbridge would be in an old Corsa.

    He's quick-witted, self-deprecating and funny. He and Crawford, his friend from their teenage Thai boxing years, joust verbally almost non-stop, cutting one another down with a series of savage one-liners.

    It's the patter of the west of Scotland transported south to Sims' Matchroom gym.

    Sims is relaxed, mimicking the Coatbridge pair's accent and chuckling away to himself. He's in charge, but his authority stems from the technical knowledge he imparts and from his record of creating champions, rather than anything more heavy handed.

    The boxers know they're on the next train to Liverpool Street if they don't match the commitment he demands.

    "I respect the boxers and the boxers respect me," says Sims.

    "We end up becoming like a family because we spend such a lot of time each day with each other that you get to know each other's personality.

    "I'm not one for screaming and shouting. If they are not doing the work, they know when I'm not happy about it."

    Sims is delighted with Burns' attitude to training and is happy to have him in his camp because "the other fighters can look up to a three-weight world champion".

    His enthusiasm for a week spent in Ricky's home patch is evident.

    "I love coming to Scotland," he says. "I feel like I'm an adopted Scotchman now.

    "The fans come up to me and say a lot of good things about what I've done with Ricky, bringing him back to the world titles.

    "I always come up the week before and I enjoy being around the people there."

    Sims can rightfully be proud of his role in rejuvenating Burns, who had been served so well by Billy Nelson when he won the WBO world super-featherweight (130lb) and lightweight (135lb) titles.

    Burns' career looked to be on the slide around 2013 and 2014. He had become disillusioned training for fights only for them to be cancelled close to fight night and was embroiled in a costly court case with his former promoter, Frank Warren.

    "I think it was mainly down to his weight," says Sims of Burns' travails back then. "This weight now - 10st - suits him down to the ground. He does it easy and he's strong at the weight."

    Sims and Burns have been struggling to view footage of Indongo, but from what they have seen, they expect the Namibian to be "really awkward".

    "Jose Gonzalez, Terence Crawford - I have been in with some tough, tricky southpaws," says Burns. "I think this could be another of those cases, but I am confident of going out to get the win, just going out to stick it on him right from the start."

    Sims is just as upbeat about Burns's chances.

    "As long as he is prepared right, which I know he will be, I think he will be the favourite to unify the titles and put himself in the position for a massive unification fight over in the States, hopefully Las Vegas, which is Ricky's second home town, as he calls it. He loves it there," adds the Scot's trainer.

    "That's what we'll be looking for and this is just a stepping stone for that fight."

    Ricky Burns sacrifices home comforts for unification bout with Julius Indongo - BBC Sport
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    if you look at burns last 20 ish opponents hes got pretty impressive record
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    I thought he would be finished at the top level after his loss to Crawford and his performances before that but he just keeps defying the odds.

    Burns put a great performance by beating Kevin Mitchell years ago and now he is unifying the title. Yet he is on no ones top 5 UK fighters.
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    he should be dude
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    Quote Originally Posted by erics44 View Post
    he should be dude
    No he fucking Shouldn't , come on. Look I love Ricky Burns as a bloke, he's a top guy, I love his down to earth story of when he first became lightweight World Champ he carried on working at JJB Sports. And I love that he has taken his career serious enough to move trainers down to London with Tony Sims .
    But as a boxer, he has been found out by Beltran, Crawford, Zlaticanin and Figueroa Jr. (although tbf he put up a decent show against Figueroa if memory serves me right.)
    He's never fought a top 10 Light Welter , I haven't got a clue how Eddie Engineered a World title shot for him.
    and before I get accused of running down the Brits , I stress that I don't begrudge him any of it because I think he's a fantastic bloke, I'm just being honest about where he is, and to further prove it's not an anti Brit thing , I reckon if he fought Ohara Davies and maybe even Jack Catterall, they would be too much for him .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primo Carnera View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by erics44 View Post
    he should be dude
    No he fucking Shouldn't , come on. Look I love Ricky Burns as a bloke, he's a top guy, I love his down to earth story of when he first became lightweight World Champ he carried on working at JJB Sports. And I love that he has taken his career serious enough to move trainers down to London with Tony Sims .
    But as a boxer, he has been found out by Beltran, Crawford, Zlaticanin and Figueroa Jr. (although tbf he put up a decent show against Figueroa if memory serves me right.)
    He's never fought a top 10 Light Welter , I haven't got a clue how Eddie Engineered a World title shot for him.
    and before I get accused of running down the Brits , I stress that I don't begrudge him any of it because I think he's a fantastic bloke, I'm just being honest about where he is, and to further prove it's not an anti Brit thing , I reckon if he fought Ohara Davies and maybe even Jack Catterall, they would be too much for him .

    I think he beat Figueroa, home town decision if I ever saw one

    and he has a bad run of 3 fights

    although a loss to Crawford isn't anything to be worried about

    so there was the beltram defeat (broken jaw in the second), Crawford, the other fella, and the Figueroa robbery
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    Terrific bit of matchmaking by Matchroom (Hearn). Burns could become a unified 140 champion, about 4 years after he was considered past his pomp, against a geezer that has fought for 30 seconds outside of Namibia.

    Burns losses are nothing to be ashamed of, all against top-class fighters, even going back to Carl Johanneson. He arguably gave Crawford his most competitive fight. He fought for 10 rounds with a broken jaw against the cheating cunt Beltran. Zlaticanin proved to be a world-class lightweight by winning a title and arguably beat Figueroa, who was not just naturally much bigger but also had a tag team partner in Laurence Cole.

    If he wins he'll probably get a Crawford rematch in the states. Mad.
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    was beltram a junky?
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    He's been done for roids a couple of times
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    Just watched Burns fight with Martinez where he won the title 2010 and was knocked down early but won the fight in a excellent war of attrition and skill. Burns is quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Just watched Burns fight with Martinez where he won the title 2010 and was knocked down early but won the fight in a excellent war of attrition and skill. Burns is quality.
    At LW and 7 years ago, I'd agree with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fenster View Post
    Terrific bit of matchmaking by Matchroom (Hearn). Burns could become a unified 140 champion, about 4 years after he was considered past his pomp, against a geezer that has fought for 30 seconds outside of Namibia.

    Burns losses are nothing to be ashamed of, all against top-class fighters, even going back to Carl Johanneson. He arguably gave Crawford his most competitive fight. He fought for 10 rounds with a broken jaw against the cheating cunt Beltran. Zlaticanin proved to be a world-class lightweight by winning a title and arguably beat Figueroa, who was not just naturally much bigger but also had a tag team partner in Laurence Cole.

    If he wins he'll probably get a Crawford rematch in the states. Mad.
    Agree with everything you said. Miracle matchmaking from Matchroom and his defeats aren't anything to be ashamed of.
    I also hope he keeps this going for as long as possible.
    But as soon as he comes up against a top LWW , he'll get beat. That's not me hating on him, it's just stating a fact. No shame in it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primo Carnera View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Just watched Burns fight with Martinez where he won the title 2010 and was knocked down early but won the fight in a excellent war of attrition and skill. Burns is quality.
    At LW and 7 years ago, I'd agree with you.
    If he wins this title and unification then Burns is up there again‚Äč, even by your high standards.

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    Wasn't it burns that was getting beaten by that skinny legged dude? The other dude was miles ahead and only had to see the last two rounds out and he would have had an easy win but he quit on his stool, I think it was the fight before the Beltran fight...then again I think I could be making this up entirely

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    Wasn't it burns that was getting beaten by that skinny legged dude? The other dude was miles ahead and only had to see the last two rounds out and he would have had an easy win but he quit on his stool, I think it was the fight before the Beltran fight...then again I think I could be making this up entirely
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