WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns returns home today after undergoing surgery on a broken jaw suffered in the Scotsman’s draw with hardened Mexican Ray Beltran over the weekend.
The 30 year-old looked in danger of losing his coveted strap upon the completion of the twelve rounds against Beltran, but was controversially handed a split decision draw to retain his belt.
During the fight, the ‘Rickster’ complained of a pain in his jaw, which was later diagnosed as a clean break, and after an operation to correct the problem, Burns is now recovery with his wife and newborn baby boy.
Eddie Hearn revealed on Sunday that there are real fears for the future of the two-weight world title holder following the gruelling battle with Beltran and rather than talking of a rematch, the promoter was worrying whether Burns will ever be able to fight again.
Now that Burns is back in home comforts, Hearn says it is a waiting game until more on the future of his fighter can be revealed, but is optimistic that the injury will heal enough for him to defend his title in the future.
“Just spoke to Ricky and he is back home today. Sore, but in good spirits . The next few weeks are vital, fingers crossed,” said Hearn.