Ricky Burns set to defend WBA light-welterweight title in Glasgow after Vegas clash with Adrien Broner falls through

Coatbridge slugger denied £1million payday against American star but set for a big show in March at the SSE Hydro.

WBA light-welterweight champion Ricky Burns will defend his title at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro in March.

The 33-year-old had been promised a £1million payday in Las Vegas against the notoriously unreliable Adrien Broner but, after agreeing terms for that bout, the American has signed up to fight journeyman Adrian Granados in February instead.

However, the Coatbridge man will still have the chance to boost his bank account.

Burns could now have a unification fight against the dangerous Namibian Julius Indongo – who won the IBF title from the previously unbeaten Russian, Eduard Troyanovsky, with a devastating first-round KO in Moscow just 12 days ago.

His other option is to defend his belt against Paulie Malignaggi, the former two division world champion. The Magic Man has won his last three fights but is now 36 and has been stopped Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, Amir Khan and Ricky Hatton.

Burns’s manager Alex Morrison said: “I spoke this morning with Ricky’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, who’s over at the WBC convention in Florida.

“He’s contacted the representatives of Malignaggi and Indongo and Ricky will take the fight which guarantees him the biggest purse during the first week in March.”

Another possible opponent for Burns further down the line could be fellow Scot Willie Limond, who turns 38 in February.

Ricky Burns could face fellow Scot Willie Limond at some point in the future
Ricky Burns could face fellow Scot Willie Limond at some point in the future

He faces Michal Vosyka at Glasgow’s City Hotel on Sunday evening and, if he beats the Czech, he’ll be guaranteed a crack at the WBA international light-welterweight title.

Morrison said: “If Willie can win that it’ll put him in the top 10 and that could lead to a match with Ricky further down the line.”

Ewing Grahame