Ricky Burns is continuing his recovery from surgery on a broken jaw this week, but as fears grow for the Scotsman’s boxing career, manager Alex Morrison is in no doubt that the WBO lightweight champion will be back in the ring soon.
The 30 year-old fought out a punishing draw with Mexican Ray Beltran last weekend in Glasgow, suffering a clean jaw break in the second round and went to hospital after the fight for an operation to rectify the problem.
Promoter Eddie Hearn had expressed his concern surrounding Burns’ ability lace up the gloves again after such an injury, although Morrison stated there are no such worries and that his fighter will defend his title again.
“Ricky Burns is fine and will definitely fight again and anyone who says otherwise must have their own agenda,” Morrison told World Boxing News.
“It tells you all you need to know about him that he fought on for nine rounds in excruciating pain and in fact won the last two rounds.”
US-based Beltran, 33, was widely thought to have done enough in the fight to gain a 115-112 victory or thereabouts, although only one judge agreed on the night and Burns scraped a draw to keep his coveted belt.
Morrison now believes it is the first duty to give Beltran a rematch upon the Coatbridge fighter’s return and is confident that an unhindered Burns can turn the tables if the two clash again in the future.
“Being the person Ricky is, his first priority is give Beltran a return – although he does not need to,” said Morrison. “This time though you will see a different fight once Ricky is fully recovered.”
Beltran stipulated after the fight that he will only accept a second fight with Burns on American soil where he feels he would have a chance with the judges, but may find a big offer to travel back to Scotland too hard for him to resist.
It could now just a matter of whether Hearn fancies taking another risk against an already proven and dangerous foe for Burns, who struggled to adapt with Beltran’s patient style and was lucky to gain a share of the spoils.