Scotland’s world champion will put his WBO belt on the line in Glasgow.
Where: SECC Arena, Glasgow
When: 18.00 (BST)
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Tale of the tape
Record: 36-2, 11 KOs
Hometown: Coatbridge, Scotland
Record: 28-6, 17 KOs
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Ricky Burns will put his WBO Lightweight title up for grabs as he faces the veteran Mexican fighter Raymundo Beltran in Glasgow this evening.
The fight is a legitimate test for both men in the 135lb class after Adrien Broner moved up to welterweight earlier this year, with Burns and Beltran two of the remaining top lightweights in the world.
Beltran has been a big part of the Wild Card Gym and has sparred on numerous occasions with multi-time world champion Manny Pacquiao.
However, his win against Henry Lundy on Friday Night Fights last year put him into a higher class and he has gone on to beat Ji-Hoon Kim and Alejandro Rodriguez to earn his shot at the crown.
To find Burns’ last loss you would have to go all the way back to 2007 when he dropped a decision to Carl Johanneson for the British Super Featherweight title.
Since then he has gone from strength-to-strength and has won his last 20 fights in a row, the last nine of which have been title fights.
That wealth of experience, including notable wins against former champ Australian Michael Katsidis and Kevin Mitchell last September mean Beltran is about to take another jump in class of opponent.
Despite having similar styles, Burns will enjoy a two inch height and reach advantage which should mean he is able to dictate the pace of the fight, at least in the early stages.
His Mexican opponent, fighting a long way from home in Glasgow, will have no such luxury and will be forced to continue to come forward early in the first three rounds.
Expect Burns to be fired up to make up for his lacklustre win against Jose Gonzalez in May this year.