WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns’ decision to leave long-time promoter Frank Warren in the past few hours have left Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing outfit as strong favourites to pick up the pieces.
Burns, 29, decided to sever ties with Warren following the postponement of a third successive fight and the Scot could now follow Kell Brook, George Groves and Tony Bellew in switching to the Sky Sports televised promoters.
Hearn has been steadily growing his stable with some of Britain’s top fighters since taking full control of the boxing side of father Barry’s business and Burns fits the profile of someone Matchroom may now pursue.
More developments are sure to come to the fore in the next hours and days as the Coatbridge fighter attempts to end six months of uncertainty surrounding his next defence of the 135lb title.
A proposed unification clash with IBF title holder Miguel Vazquez has now seemingly fallen apart, although whether the deal can be rectified by the next representatives to take the reigns of Burns’ career remains to be seen.
If that is to be Matchroom will become clearer imminently.