Lightweight hardman Ray Beltran has relayed to WBN that reports stating negotiations for a second fight with Ricky Burns are back underway are true, although nothing is yet signed for the potential UK return.
The 32 year-old, who is originally from Sinoloa, Mexico but is now based in the US, handed Burns a broken jaw in their first meeting last September and just lost out on claiming the WBO title via a debatable decision by the judges. The three ringside officials who called the clash came back with a split decision draw and Beltran was furious with the result and made his feelings clear in the aftermath.
Beltran exclusively revealed to WBN last month that he had rebuffed an attempt by Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn to get the two fighters back in the ring early next year, but after thinking long and hard about it, is now ready to listen to any improved offer.
“I can’t confirm that the fight is on yet as there is no signature on any contract, but I know my people are talking to their people and the fight is being worked on,” Beltran told World Boxing News.
“I just want a fair deal and have no problem going back to the UK to take his title again.”
Burns, 30, has been sounded out by manager Alex Morrison for an exhibition match on December 7 with fellow-Scot John Simpson as the two-weight world title holder continues his comeback from surgery.
The ‘Rickster’ had titanium plates inserted into his jaw which he has decided not to have taken out and Morrison is looking to test out the recovery if promoter Hearn jumps on board with the public sparring session next month.
The rematch between Burns and Beltran has been initially pencilled in for February 8 and could happen back in the champion’s native country where the controversy first took place if talks go well.
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