By James Slater
Scotland’s Ricky Burns, fortunate to have retained his WBO lightweight crown by way of a controversial draw with Mexico’s Raymundo Beltran on September 7th, is almost certainly going to give Beltran a rematch next year. According to Burns’ manager, Alex Morrison, Burns will do the “moral thing” and give the man who broke his jaw a rematch next February. “Ricky feels it’s the moral thing to do in giving Beltran another shot,” Morrison told BBC Scotland. “He wants to put the record straight after fighting for ten-rounds with a broken jaw in that first fight. We want it. Beltran wants it and the fans want it. The deal is done. We’re 99-percent there with it and are just waiting for the final confirmation which will happen any day now. We’re looking at early February in Glasgow.”
Beltran, who scored a 8th-round knockdown over Burns and appeared to dominate most of the action in September, stated immediately after the fight that he would not come to Scotland for a rematch. It seems, however, that a good deal is on the table for the warrior who first gained recognition by being Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partner. Whatever the result is in the return clash in February, let’s hope justice is done this time around.