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Burns promises to excite

WBO world super featherweight champion Ricky Burns, who makes the first defense of his title against Andreas Evensen on December 4 at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow, has vowed not to be “boring” like the Scottish national soccer team, which has drawn criticism for tactics employed during a recent Euro 2012 qualifier against the Czech Republic.

“In football talk, I’ll playing three up front and going for the win from the first minute, none of this nonsense about getting everyone behind the ball and hoping to get lucky.” A 4-6-0 formation led to Scotland manager Craig Levein being branded negative, but Burns insists he won’t follow suit.

Burns climbed off the floor to defeat world number one Roman Martinez in one of the most exciting fights seen in Scotland in recent years and he won the crown by taking the fight to the Puerto Rican – a tactic he plans to adopt from now on.

“There’s no point in sport wondering what might have been,” said the 27-year-old. “I could have shut up shop against Martinez after the knockdown and settled for a points loss, but I knew I had to take my chance.

“I felt I was very positive that night, and it will be the same against Evensen. Looking at his record, he could be a very dangerous opponent, and like all South Americans he can really dig. But I have to impose myself on the fight like a true champion.

“I could be patient and cautious, but I’ll take the same approach to this one as I did the Martinez fight.”

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