Ricky Burns signs with Matchroom Boxing, returns May 11

Andrew Redington

Ricky Burns has officially signed with Matchroom Boxing, and will return to the ring on May 11 in Scotland, back on Sky Sports.

After some speculation about where he would wind up, Ricky Burns has made what would seem the most logical choice for his career, signing with Matchrom Boxing. The announcement was made today at a press conference.

Burns, 29, decided to leave promoter Frank Warren last week after having yet another fight postponed. Warren has been adamant that the postponements of Burns last two dates, in December and this month, have been beyond his control, but Burns was still highly frustrated, and he's the second major name to leave Warren for Matchroom in the last two weeks, following George Groves. James DeGale left Warren for Hennessy Sports last fall, as well.

Burns (35-2, 10 KO) will return on May 11 in Scotland, back on Sky Sports. No opponent was named.

"I'm delighted that my future has been resolved and I really looking forward to the next chapter of my career," said Burns. "It's been a frustrating time since the Kevin Mitchell win in September but now I'm just focused on May 11 and putting in a great performance.

"I would love it to be in Glasgow - my last two fights were there and the atmosphere was just electric. I've got great fans in Scotland and it means a lot to box in front of them."

Hearns, too, is "delighted."

"I'm delighted to welcome the WBO lightweight world champion Ricky Burns to the team. Ricky is an outstanding fighter and a hugely popular sporting figure in Scotland. We are looking forward to a massive show on May 11 in Scotland on Sky Sports as we begin our journey with Ricky."


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