Ricky Burns set to fight for world title at third weight in Glasgow

Ricky Burns is set to have a world title fight in Glasgow in May, contesting the WBA regular title with Italian fighter Michele Di Rocco.

The former WBO lightweight belt holder will headline a huge night for Scottish boxing at the Hydro in May, with Willie Limond, Joe Ham and Charlie Flynn also in action.

Limond is set to contest the British title with Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse.

Di Rocco and Burns will meet at light welterweight and the 33-year-old Italian boasts an impressive record with 40 wins, one loss and one draw from his 42 fights.

“I’m very happy for Ricky to get a chance of winning a third world title,” Burns’ manager Alex Morrison told STV. “It’s a great chance for Ricky to resurrect his career and I’m happy he’s fighting an Italian because there is a big Italian community in Glasgow.

“And I’m pleased that Willie Limond is getting a chance to challenge for a mandatory British title.

“It’ll be a big night in Glasgow. Charlie Flynn will also be on the undercard.

“It’s a huge boost for Scottish boxing, it’s good to see potential champions such as Charlie Flynn and Joe Ham coming through.”

Burns last fought in Scotland in 2014 when he was defeated by Dejan Zlaticanin for the vacant WBC title and has been on the path back to the top since.

In November, the 32-year-old defeated Josh King to take the WBO Inter-continental title but now faces a step up in weight and in class.

The Coatbridge boxer, who has also held the WBO super featherweight title, defeated Michael Katsidis to become lightweight champion in 2011 and successfully defended the belt against Paulus Moses, Kevin Mitchell and Jose Gonzales.

A controversial draw with Raymundo Beltran in 2013 saw him hold on to his title but he was defeated by Terence Crawford at the SECC in early 2014 .  TICKETS FOR THE HYDRO HERE