Exclusive: Robbie Davies Jnr pushing for Ricky Burns title shot
Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jnr is hoping to challenge new WBA super lightweight champion Ricky Burns after working his way to number eight in the World Boxing Association rankings.
The 26 year-old won and defended the WBA’s Continental belt in the space of eight weeks this spring and has now fixed his crosshairs on sealing either a mandatory – or possibly voluntary shot at the Scot.
Burns, 33, won a third weight world title on Saturday night in Glasgow when defeating Michele Di Rocco via stoppage, although Davies Jnr wasn’t too impressed with the performance and saw things he believes are exploitable in the veteran champion.
“I’m ready for Ricky Burns now,” Davies exclusively declared to World Boxing News.
“I know Ricky Burns has achieved some great things in the sport, there’s no doubt about that as he’s a three weight world champ, but I feel he’s passed his best and Di Rocco looked shot to bits.
“Burns’ skill set is standard and I believe my size and strength will play a massive part in dismantling him when the time comes. I’m positive it will come and I’ll be the mandatory challenger before he knows it.
“Even if I have to fight him in his own back garden in Scotland, it doesn’t matter to me because I’ve seen him defeated there before and when the time comes I’ll be ready to take the belt,” he added.
As Davies is ranked with the WBA, the chances of Burns and promoter Eddie Hearn agreeing to a voluntary clash are increased, although another win against fellow-rated contender may be required for the Kirkby fighter.
At 13-0 and holding a fringe title already, Davies has been thrust into the spotlight early in his career but could be ready to follow stable-mate David Avanesyan in taking on the bigger names out there.
Avanesyan defeated boxing legend ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley in the US last weekend and is on the verge of challenging the winner of Keith Thurman v Shawn Porter taking place later this month for the WBA welterweight belt.