Burns not fazed by Gonzalez's KO record
WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2) faces Jose Gonzalez (22-0) on the 'Fighting Pride of Scotland' bill on Saturday at Glasgow's Emirates Arena live on Sky Sports and insists he isn't concered by the Puerto Rican's KO record.
The 30-year-old Scotsman put his title on the line against Gonzalez, who boasts a unbeaten record of 22 wins, 17 by stoppage, but burns isn't getting into a panic.
After all Burns withstood the brutal force of big-hitter 'Rocky' Roman Martinez, after being floored in the first round he went on to beat Martinez by unanimous decision to win the WBO super featherweight title in September 2010.
"Gonzalez's knockout ratio doesn't concern me at all," Burns said. " When I fought Martinez he was knocking everyone out and after the first round, when I got caught clean, I was fine. I have been in with big punches so I'll just go in and do what I have to do."
A year younger than Burns at 29, WBO Latino champion Gonzalez has pin-pointed Burns' hitting the deck in the opening round against Martinez as an area he can attack.
"Rocky had him down with a good shot but Burns showed he's a skilled boxer," Gonzalez said. "If I hurt Ricky I will finish him off."
Burns' third title defence against Gonzalez tops a great bill of action in Glasgow as John Simpson faces Choi Tseveenpurev for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental super featherweight title. And they are joined by top Scotish talent including unbeaten trio David Brophy, Jon Slowey and Stephan Simmons, who takes on Michael Sweeney in a 10 round Celtic cruiserweight clash.