Ricky Burns won't be taking a tune-up, and won't be facing any unqualified challengers. If he's going to chase a fight with Adrien Broner, Burns is going to try and go through the next-best lightweight to get there, as the Scotsman will face Miguel Vazquez on March 16 at Wembley Arena in London, headlining a Frank Warren bill that also features Nathan Cleverly, George Groves, and Dereck Chisora.
Epix will carry the show in the United States, with BoxNation, of course, handling the UK TV.
Burns (35-2, 19 KO) and Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO) don't make for fireworks on paper, but it's a difficult matchup for both guys, and a respectable fight to take. Each man says he wants to fight Adrien Broner, who will be facing Gavin Rees on February 16, and says he plans to stay at 135 pounds for a while. With the times lining up pretty well, the Broner (who is expected to dominate Rees) facing the Burns-Vazquez winner next would be a great fight for the summer, about as good as today's lightweight division is going to get.
The fight will be a unification bout, with Burns defending the WBO title, and Vazquez the IBF belt.
Cleverly will defend his WBO light heavyweight belt against mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi, while Groves will face Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye for the vacant European super middleweight title. Chisora will face an opponent to be determined, as long as he is licensed by the British Boxing Board of Control, which it's expected he will be. Also on the card, Liam Walsh will face Logan McGuinness, and Neil Dawson will take on Tony Conquest in a cruiserweight rematch. Dawson knocked out Conquest in 1:59 in December.