Ricky Burns will again try and defends his WBO lightweight title after a courageous draw in his last bout that did put into question his value and worthiness as a champion that can keep the belt. Terrence Crawford will face Ricky Burns for the WBO lightweight title on March 1 from the Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Crawford opened as a -240 favorite as Burns was the +200 dog.
The 30 year old Ricky Burns stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall with a reach of 70 inches and a career record of 36 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw with the Boxing odds. Out of his 36 wins 11 were by knockout and he has never suffered a knockout loss. Burns hails from Scotland. He has an orthodox stance and is ranked 3rd in the world and 1st in Great Britain.
The one draw of Burns’ career was in his last bout as he scored a split decision against Raymundo Beltran in a 12 round bout that also took place at the Scottish Exhibition Centre. It was a heroic bout for Burns as he suffered a broken jaw in the 2nd round and he was also knocked down in the 8th round. Burns had an operation after the bout in which a titanium plate was inserted.
Burns first earned the Interim WBO lightweight title in 2011 and has successfully defended the belt in the 3 bouts prior to his draw.
The 26 year old Terence Crawford stands at 5 feet 8 inches tall with a reach of 73 inches and has a career record of 22 wins with 0 losses and 0 draws. He hails from Omaha, NE in the USA. He fights from an orthodox stance and is ranked 5th in the world and 1st in the United States
Crawford is coming off a 10 round unanimous decision win over Andrey Kimov on October 5, 2013 against Andrey Klimov. Prior to that he defeated Alejandro Sanabria for the vacant WBO NABO lightweight title with a technical knockout in the 6th round of a 10 round bout.