Ricky Burns is a relatively unknown British World Champion. He is a modest, professional man, who goes about his work quietly and has gone relatively unnoticed by those who aren't regular boxing viewers.
Burns is a former Super featherweight world champion and current WBO lightweight world champion. He has come through some tough defeats early on in his career to continually prove doubters wrong and beat people who many say he shouldn't be able to. He is the epitome of the underdog story.
Burns record currently stands at 36 wins and two losses following early defeats to Alex Arthur and Carl Johanesson. A few years ago most saw Burns as an average fighter who would not really go onto achieve too much in the sport but boy has he proved these people wrong.
He has gone on to forge a very successful career with some top performances against the likes of Michael Katsidis and Kevin Mitchell.
Ricky's victory over Katsidis is a truly impressive one as Katsidis has been in with the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez and Robert Guerrero. These are two truly world class fighters who have won world titles numerous times. For Ricky to have beaten a man who has been in with these two boxers highlights how good a boxer Burns is.
Burns possesses great determination and most of all self-belief. Time and time again he comes up with performances that no-one is expecting from him.
This requires a huge amount of mental strength to be able to fight off the doubters and come out on top continually. Burns is a truly nice guy and doesn't go around trash-talking opponents as he respects every fighter he comes up against. It is refreshing to see such a character at the top of the sport as there is far too much un-gentleman-like behaviour.
Burns has improved greatly as a boxer over the last few years and is to be admired greatly for the way that he goes about his business. He is the model professional as he trains hard, lives the life of a boxer and doesn't get himself into trouble. In terms of mentality he is the perfect example for a young boxer to model themselves on. He is a fantastic advertisement for the sport.
Burns recently came through a very tough fight with noted big puncher Jose Gonzalez. This was Burns's first outing since beating fellow Brit Kevin Mitchell in four rounds back in September of 2012. Gonzalez really pushed Burns and landed some huge blows on the Scot. Burns had to dig deep and began to gain some control as the fight went on before Gonzalez pulled out.
There was much speculation regarding the reason for Gonzalez pulling out with some suggesting that he had mentally lost it with him unable to put Burns away. I believe that Burns broke Gonzalez's heart and that Gonzalez just had no idea what to do having given it his best shot and Burn was starting to look the more dominant.
Burns now seems to be back on track to more regular fights following his move to Eddie Hearn's Match-room Promotions. Ricky had previously been promoted by Frank Warren but following several shows being cancelled and being seemingly unable to get Ricky the big fights he deserved Ricky split from Warren and joined Hearn.
This is a great move for Burns as he can box more regularly and get some big unification fights in the future. I for one am glad to see Burns back fighting.
Ricky Burns is a brilliant role model for all those young boxers who don't get off to the best of starts in their career.
Burns is proof that you can come back from losses early on and still become a world champion. Burns works hard and is a consummate professional. He deserves so much more admiration and media coverage than he gets because he has had some fantastic achievements against the odds and is a brilliant ambassador of all that is good in boxing. Ricky Burns I salute you Sir as a boxer who goes about his business without any fuss. A true role-model!
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