Ricky Burns has decided that a major change is in order after losing his WBO world title to unbeaten American Terence Crawford last time out, linking up with Tony Sims in a bid to revive his career and stay relevant in the lightweight division.
Burns has firmly established as one of Britain's very best fighters over recent years, although Crawford completely outclassed him to take his belt in Glasgow back in March.
He has fought the likes of Roman Martinez, Michael Katsidis, Kevin Mitchell and Raymundo Beltran and has shown all young fighters that losses early on in your career doesn't mean that you can't reach the top of the sport.
Burns is a man who has continually been written off in his career but has something about him to keep on proving the doubters wrong. He is a quiet, modest man who is now looking to refresh his career following three unimpressive performances in a row.
Sims is hoping to help the Scot bounce back quickly from those disappointments though and has slowly built a stable of fighters that has the gym buzzing.
He has guided Darren Barker to a world title in the recent past and currently also works with the likes of Anthony Joshua, John Ryder and another lightweight in Kevin Mitchell.
Sims is a highly-rated trainer who also works in the Froch corner on fight nights and he seems as good a trainer as any for Burns to link up with.
Burns will travel down to London and stay there for 8-10 weeks before each fight and will have the opportunity to spar with another top lightweight in Mitchell.
Mitchell and Burns have fought before with Burns coming out on top convincingly, but Mitchell seems a reinvigorated boxer and the opportunity for the two to spar together will surely pay dividends for both men.
There are suggestions that Burns will face a top-10 fighter on his return to the ring in Scotland at the end of June.
This seems like a good idea because Burns has had a tough few fights and a little step down should hopefully do the trick, in terms of confidence at least. He doesn't want to take too far a step down though as he is still a world class boxer.
Burns will be determined to become a world champion again and refreshing a routine which appears to have become stale seems like a good idea for the Scot.
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