Ricky Burns to keep titanium plate in jaw, ready for sparring test
WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is planning on returning to sparring in the near future after suffering a bad break in his jaw in a recent title defence against Ray Beltran.
The Coatbridge fighter had doubted whether he would be able to return to boxing following an operation to correct the injury and will know more about his chances of a full recovery, along with a return with Beltran, once his competes in training.
“I have started light training, just to tick over, but it will be a few weeks before I am back in full sparring – maybe in December. I will break myself in by sparring lightly and maybe start with some guys who are not big hitters.
“Once I get the exact date for the re-match with Beltran we will look to step up the sparring. It will be then, when I take the first big shot, that I will know if all will be fine.
“I guess until that happens there will always be that bit of worry but I’m confident it will be okay and the doctors have assured me of that.”
Burns, 30, had a titanium plate inserted into his jaw to help correct the problem that he suffered in just the second round of his twelve round draw with Beltran in September, but has no plans to go back to hospital to have it taken out at the moment.
“I have another check up with a doctor coming shortly but basically it makes no difference if the titanium plate stays in or is taken out.
“If it has to come out I will require another operation and that is something I don’t need, so we will just let it be,” he added.
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