Ricky Burns will look get his career back on track as he faces unbeaten star Omar Figueroa in Texas on Saturday and the pressure will certainly be on.
Where: State Farm Arena, Texas.
When: Saturday May 9, 21:00 (UK time)
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Burns (37-4-1) is ultimately facing a make or break fight with this one having won just one of his last four bouts, and so there are certainly question marks hanging over his career.
Has the two-weight world champion seen his best days come and go? Does he still have the talent and desire to go again? Many of these questions will be answered on Saturday night, with Figueroa making his debut at 140 pounds.
The 25-year-old is fighting at home but hasn’t been in the ring since last August when he defeated Daniel Estrada in a thrilling encounter that ended with him retaining his WBC lightweight title despite sustaining a nasty cut.
However, he is now facing a dangerous opponent in Burns who is looking to reignite his career and knows that if he doesn’t win on Saturday, it may well be time to walk away.
The Scottish star has impressive wins over Michael Katsidis and Kevin Mitchell on his CV, but more recently, defeats to Terence Crawford and Dejan Zlaticanin have ensured that his career has been derailed.
At 32 years of age, he will want to move quickly and get some big wins under his belt, and he will hold a significant height advantage in this bout which should make a telling difference if he fights from range and doesn’t allow Figueroa to get in close and go to work.
However, this may well be more about money for the Scotsman now after his reported troubles outside the ring, and unless he has the hunger to grind out a win, this could be the end.
Figueroa struggled with the weight and looked a little drained, and that could be exactly what Burns needed to upset the odds.