Ricky Burns to make first defence against unbeaten Kiryl Relikh

26/08/2016 17:43

WBA light welterweight champion Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs) will make the first defence of his title against mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh (21-0, 19 KOs) on October 7 at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

Burns, 33, became Scotland's first three-weight world champion when he won the vacant title with a eight-round stoppage over Italy's Michele di Rocco at the same venue last May.

Now he will defend it against the 26-year-old unbeaten Belarus fighter, who is trained and promoted by former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton.

Burns said: "Relikh is a very tough fight as a first defence. He's got a high KO ratio so he will be very dangerous throughout. Trust me he has my undivided attention and I will have to be at my best to get through this.

"There are some massive fights out there in the future against some huge names in the 140lbs division - but we're taking it one step at a time, and that starts on October 7 at the Hydro."