Ricky Burns’ new trainer Tony Sims says the Scottish fighter has not lost any of his desire or determination despite losing his world belt earlier this year.
The Scot’s reign as WBO lightweight champion was ended in March by a points defeat against Terence Crawford, but he will move back into title contention with a win over Dejan Zlaticanin on Friday, live on Sky Sports 3 from 8pm.
His meeting with the Montenegrin serves as an eliminator for the WBC title, currently held by Omar Figueroa, and Burns remains determined to rule this division after a 10-week camp with new trainer Sims in Essex.
Sims believes he has the desire needed to be a champion again, telling Sky Sports: “I’ve had fighters in the past that have lost important fights, you can see they’ve lost that bit of desire and will to do the extra bit that you need to do to be champion.
“And Ricky’s got that in abundance – if he’s left his wife and family behind in Scotland and moved down to Essex for 10 weeks for training and that takes a lot to do that.”
Burns himself feels like he is on top of his game to face Zlaticanin, who is undefeated in 18 fights, with 13 KOs.
“I was gutted losing my world title, it’s just made me more determined to go out there and prove a point to myself more than anything that I’ve still got it.
“I still believe that I do belong at a higher level.”
Burns feels the sacrifice of his Essex training camp was worth paying, saying: “The variety of training and that you’re doing, I think that’s what’s really got me here.
“Going down south, I knew it was going to be hard. Down there, you can concentrate fully on the boxing side of things, you’ve got no distractions at all.”
Related Fight Posts
- 2014/07/19 -- Bobby Green Replaces Michael Johnson, Faces Josh Thomson at UFC on Fox 12
Lightweight bouts between Bobby Green and Abel Trujillo, as well as Michael Johnson and Josh Thomson are no more...
- 2014/07/20 -- Injuries were a blessing in disguise heading into UFC Fight Night 45
Lucas Martins had his last two UFC fights canceled due to injuries, but that turned out to be great for the Chut...
- 2014/07/20 -- Tony Bellew quick to re-open war of words with Nathan Cleverly
Tony Bellew reignited his fierce rivalry with Nathan Cleverly seconds after his fifth round stoppage of Julio Ce...
- 2014/07/20 -- Holly Holm: The Preacher’s Daughter is Here
After Ronda Rousey finished Alexis Davis in 16 seconds last Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 175 in L...
- 2014/07/20 -- Ex-Bantamweight Champ Dominick Cruz to Return Against Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 178
Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is set to return to the cage after nearly three years on the she...
- 2014/07/20 -- John Lineker: The Weight is Over
The fact that John Lineker was willing to sit for an interview on weigh-in day should tell you all you need to k...
- 2014/07/19 -- Maidana vs. Mayweather 2: Upset in the making?
(Photo credit: Idris Irba) By MM: With the rematch set, and the fight tour underway, most fight fans feel that F...
- 2014/07/04 -- EVENT RESULTS FOR RING OF HONOR
1.)Vance McDonald Win by rear naked Choke against against Jon Thompson
- 2014/07/20 -- Fab Five: Cerrone’s Defining UFC Moments
With nine UFC and five WEC post-fight bonuses to his name, Donald Cerrone is one of those fighters who makes it ...
- 2014/07/19 -- UFC Fight Night 45 and 46 preview, Holly Holm signing, UFC 177 discussion
There isn't merely one, but two UFC events this week. First up on the docket is tonight's UFC Fight Night 45, an...
- 2014/07/19 -- Trainer Henry Ramirez joins Team Flores
Following his first defeat as a pro after winning his first 14 bouts, heavyweight prospect Alexander Flores and ...