Barthelemy v Burns: Lightweight bout reportedly close for Froch-Chavez bill

IBF super-featherweight champion Rances Barthelemy is set to step up to 135lbs against former WBO belt holder Ricky Burns on March 28 in Las Vegas, according to a report in the Scottish press.

Herald Scotland printed on Monday that the fight is currently in the works for the spring and could lead to a WBO title shot for the winner following Terrence Crawford’s decision to move up to light-welterweight late last year.

World title holder ‘Kid Blast’ who is of Cuban descent but lives in the USA, has won all 21 of his contests so far and picked up the red belt by defeating Argenis Mendez in January 2014. The 28 year-old has since defended the title twice, once against Mendez in a rematch before then dominating Fernando Saucedo last October.

Barthelemy is now plotting a move through the divisions and obviously sees Burns as a good name to add to his resume.

Negotiations are said to be ongoing for the contest, which if finalized, will take place on the undercard of IBF and WBA super-middleweight title holder Carl Froch’s headlining debut in Nevada against experienced Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Froch revealed last week that a deal to face Chavez is on the verge of being formally announced.

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