RICKY Burns will face unbeaten Namibian Julius Indongo in a WBA and IBF light-welterweight unification clash at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on April 15.
Burns (41-5-1, 14 KOs) became a three-weight world champion when he claimed the vacant WBA title with an eighth-round stoppage of Michele di Rocco in his home town last May and successfully defended his belt with a unanimous points victory over Kiryl Relikh in October.
The Coatbridge fighter had then hoped to secure a dream fight against charismatic American Adrien Broner in Las Vegas, but will now take on dangerous puncher Indongo.
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Indongo (21-0, 11 KOs) shocked the boxing world in December when he claimed the IBF title from previously-unbeaten Russian Eduard Troyanovsky with a 40-second first-round knockout in Moscow, but Burns is relishing the challenge.
“It’s a huge fight in the division and the kind of fight I need to be involved in at this stage of my career,” Burns said. “There were other names talked about, but I wanted the toughest, most dangerous fight out there. Indongo with his two belts was that man.
“He is a big, tall, rangy, southpaw, but bring it on. I have no fear of anyone and it is only the massive fights for me now.
“Fighting in Glasgow is special for me. The crowd at the SSE Hydro has been electric the last two occasions and I expect it to be no different. Their support means the world to me.”
Indongo has no problem with the prospect of facing another hostile reception in a fight which will only be his second outside Namibia. “It’s an absolute honour for me to fight Ricky, who I regard as an accomplished champion,” he added.