Ricky Burns, Martin J Ward set for Craven Park outings on August 1

Former two-weight world title holder Ricky Burns will return to UK soil for his next bout following the Scot’s heroic effort against tough American Omar Figueroa in Texas last May.

Burns made his Premier Boxing Champions debut in what was only his second outing at the super lightweight limit and proved he still deserves to be considered world-class despite going down to a points defeat at the State Farm Arena.

The ‘Rickster’ is now heading back down to lightweight once again to put himself right in the mix of a bustling division domestically and will be part of the Luke Campbell v Tommy Coyle event taking place on August 1 in Hull.

An opponent is yet to be named for the talented 32 year-old who could be in line to face the likes of Anthony Crolla, Kevin Mitchell and the winner of the Craven Park main event with victory on the night.

Also fighting on the bill will be WBC International super featherweight champion Martin J Ward as the Essex-based Yorkshireman aims to build on his impressive rematch triumph over Maxi Hughes in April.

Ward, 23, is undefeated in thirteen bouts so far in his three-year career, and with a WBC ranking behind him, can push further toward lucrative fights against bigger name opponents at 130lbs with yet another victory at the beginning of next month.