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Ricky Burns & Raymundo Beltran make weight

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WBO Lightweight world champion Ricky Burns (36-2, 11KO's) and his Mexican opponent Raymundo Beltran (28-6, 17KO's) have both made weight for their Lightweight title bout tomorrow night at the SECC in Glasgow.

The Mexican took to the scale first and weighed in just inside the 9st 9lb limit at 9st 8lb 13oz whilst the champion came in at 9st 8lb 4oz.

It will be the third defence of the full title for the "Rickster", who hails from Coatbridge in Scotland.

He did win the "interim" WBO title with a dominating display over 12 rounds against Australian Michael Katsidis in November 2011 before he went on to take the full version of the belt in another dominant 12 round performance, this time against Namibian Paulus Moses back in March 2012.

He has since defended the title against Kevin Mitchell and Jose Gonzalez respectively, stopping both men en route although thing's were not straight forward against Gonzalez.

Burns was behind and in danger of losing his belt when Gonzalez injured his wrist and had to quit in the ninth round. 

Speaking to Sky Sports following the weigh in Burns had this to say: "For me that's the hard bit over, one day to go...I'm just itching to get out there and put on a good performance for the fans that have turned out today."

"I've heard ticket sales have been going well so hopefully it will be a sell-out crowd at the SECC.

"Everything has come together for this fight, I've made the weight so much easier this time - the last time (against Gonzalez) I did struggle a wee bit but I made it comfortably this time."

If Burns comes through this tough test he will be in a strong position to land a unification bout with the IBF title holder and the man believed by many experts to be the best Lightweight in the world right now Miguel Vazquez. For now though Burns must stay focused on this dangerous assignment.

Coverage of the bout starts at 8pm on Sky Sports 2 (Ashes), saturday 7th September.

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