Hearn delays Crawford bout to maximise Burns’ recovery

WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns has been given more time by Eddie Hearn as the Matchroom promoter ties up the loose ends on a mandatory fight with Terence Crawford.

Burns, 30, suffered a badly broken jaw against Ray Beltran in September, which required emergency surgery, with some initial reports alluding to the possibility that the Coatbridge fighter’s career may have been over.

Gladly that was not the case and a titanium plate later, two-weight world title holder Burns is recharging his batteries for what would be a stern test of his newly-built chin against the dangerous American.

The fight was originally set to be announced for Glasgow on February 8, although Hearn has decided to delay the bout until early March as the Scot prepares to take on the top-rated lightweight challenger in the world.

This will allow Burns the maximum alloted time to recover as the World Boxing Organisation have stipulated that the fight with Crawford has to take place before March 7 to meet the title defence criteria. 

Undefeated 26 year-old Crawford has 16 stoppages from 22 bouts, which suggests that Burns will be reliant on his reconstructed chin, with the fight looking yet another crowd-pleaser on paper.

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