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Alex Morrison eyes Ricky Burns v John Simpson on December 7

Phil Jay 20/11/2013

WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns may be back in the ring in a fortnight’s time after recovering sufficiently from a broken jaw, his manager Alex Morrison has stated this week.

There were fears for the 30 year-old’s career initially when the injury happened against Mexican-American Ray Beltran in September, although Morrison is keen on the idea of an exhibition bout to ease Burns back in.

“We are looking at the possibility of Ricky boxing an exhibition at the Gorbals show on December 7,” Morrison told the Glasgow Evening Times.

“He has made the decision not to have a the titanium plate he had inserted after the Beltran fight removed from his jaw and it is all systems go from here on in.

“Ricky is already well down the line with his training and the next big step for him is to start sparring again.

“That will start probably the first week in December and I think it might be nice for both Ricky and his fans to see him lace up and box an exhibition at the Gorbals.”

Fellow Scot John Simpson, who lost to Tommy Coyle via stoppage earlier this month on his debut at 135lbs, is being pitched as the possible opponent for Burns in what will seemingly border on a public sparring session.

“John Simpson will be coming back down to super featherweight or perhaps even featherweight. But he and Ricky have sparred plenty of rounds and it would be a bit of a treat for the punters.

“So that is a possibility we are looking at,” added Morrison.

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