No-one can question Ricky Burns heart, desire or effort.
But the simple truth in boxing is that sometimes, regardless of how often you watch Rocky, heart, desire and effort alone aren’t enough.
American challenger Terence Crawford came to Scotland and ripped Burns’ WBO 135lbs title from his grasp with a performance that combined speed, slickness, skill and a surprising amount of aggression. It was a total performance from Crawford, the sort those who have been watching him for a while have been calling for and despite Burns’ best efforts he simply couldn’t match his opponent.
Boxing is a fickle game and as quickly as it can rise a pugilist up it can also bring them down. This unwanted award if for the boxers who wish 2013 had never happened. They started the year well respected in their field and ended it broken and lost.
Not so very long ago it seemed like Frank Warren was watching his stable of boxers implode. Both George Groves and Ricky Burns, two of his most high profile boxers, left him and eventually signed with Warren’s main domestic rival Matchroom Sports.
I’ve been with W Promotions since I turned pro and during that time have held the British Featherweight and Super-Featherweight titles. Now though the time has come to pursue my career away from W Promotions. As such I’m today announcing the termination of my contract with W Promotions. I would like to thank everyone at W Promotions for the support and guidance they’ve given me.
Burns suffered the broken jaw in the second round of his title defence against experienced contender Raymundo Beltran. On the night Burns was very lucky to escape with a draw and many criticisied his performance. That said, being asked to keep competing with a broken jaw is something few sports outside of boxing would ever demand… especially when you consider Burns went on to take even more clean blows to his jaw… and while we can still be concerned about the decision I think any criticism of Burns’ performance has to be somewhat muted. If nothing else it was an incredible display of heart.
Despite the return to training no date, opponent or venue, have been hinted at for Burns return. There was talking of an immediate Beltran rematch but I can’t imagine Beltran will want to sit out of the ring for a considerable time waiting for the bout to materialise.
In a previous post I touched on some of the issues Frank Warren’s stable of boxers have been facing.
And it doesn’t appear to be getting any better for him…
Reports have come out indicating that Ricky Burns has now broken ties with Warren. Ricky and his management team had been making some pretty unhappy noises once news of a delay to his unification bout with Miguel Vasquez broke and were understandably not impressed when a previous bout for Burns was cancelled.