Ricky Burns set for unification bout with Julius Indongo

11/01/2017 15:54

WBA light welterweight champion Ricky Burns (41-5-1, 14 KOs) will fight IBF titleholder Julius Indongo (21-0, 11 KOs) in a unification clash on April 15 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Scotsman will be defending his 140-pound title for the second time while Indongo will be making his first defence.

Burns became Scotland's first ever three-weight world champion when he stopped Michele Di Rocco last May, and successfully defended his WBA belt with a points victory over Kiryl Relikh in October.

Indongo dethroned Russia's Eduard Troyanovsky by a 40 second first round knockout in Moscow last month. It was Indongo's first fight outside his home country of Namibia.

Burns said: "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 this time round.

"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.

"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.

"When Julius Indongo knocked out Eduard Troyanovsky he was immediately an opponent I was interested in. Indongo can clearly punch and that's an impressive way to win a world title, especially in Russia. It was some shot he hit Troyanovsky with."

Indongo said: "It's an absolute honor for me to fight Ricky, who I regard as an accomplished champion.

"I respect what he has achieved so far but I'm going to Scotland to rob him of his belt.

"I know it won't be easy but I'm comforted by the fact that I have a good team and passionate Namibian fans, and I have every intention of making them smile and unifying the division on April 15."