Former world champion Ricky Burns could finally land his European title shot in 2016 following the EBU’s decision to call purse bids for a clash with current champion Edis Tatli.
Burns was due to face Tatli earlier this year until the Finn pulled out and Monday 21st December will be the date when more will be revealed about a possible mandatory encounter between the two in the coming year.
Tatli picked up the title when defeating Luke Campbell conqueror Yvan Mendy back in April following on from a failed world championship challenge against Richar Arbril – which remains the Kosovo-born fighter’s solitary loss.
The 28 year-old has since defended his blue belt on home soil against Ramaz Bebnadze via third round stoppage, but would face a much bigger challenge against Burns, who is in the midst of a resurgence in his career.
Coatbridge-based Burns had faced serious questions about possible retirement on the back of a loss to Dejan Zlaticanin in 2014 but came back fighting with three victories either side of an impressive Stateside showing in defeat to Omar Figueroa.
At 32, Burns still harbours hopes of regaining the world title last in his possession in March 2014 and a step up in opposition against Tatli is just what the Scot needs to give him a sufficient rankings boost.