Burns to move up to lightweight and fight Katsidis
Boxing champion Ricky Burns has confirmed that he will relinquish his WBO super-featherweight title to step up for a shot at the vacant lightweight belt.
The Coatbridge boxer will now face Australian Michael Katsidis in a battle for the vacant WBO lightweight title on November 12 at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall.
Burns was expected to defend his super-featherweight title against American Adrien Broner but the fighter’s manager Alex Morrison has confirmed that he will now face Katisdis instead.
Morrison told STV.tv, ‘We have had confirmation through from Frank Warren’s people that Ricky will now face Katsidis in November. The lightweight title is vacant just now and we are all agreed that this is the best fight for Ricky in the long run.
‘As Ricky gets older he is struggling to make the weight for his current division and the next sensible step seemed to be to move up to lightweight. I don’t think he will have any problems in this division as he has always been big for a super-featherweight and he is a hard puncher.’