Ricky Burns is set to make his Matchroom Boxing debut and his return to Sky Sports on May 11, when he defends the WBO lightweight title against Puerto Rico's Jose "Chelo" Gonzalez in Glasgow.
Burns (35-2, 10 KO) hasn't fought since September, when he stopped Kevin Mitchell in four rounds, in what turned out to be his last fight for promoter Frank Warren. A date in December was scrapped when two opponents fell through, a January return possibility went nowhere, and then his March 16 fight with Miguel Vazquez was first postponed to April 20, and then canceled entirely when Burns decided to jump to Matchroom.
The fighter is going to be sued by Warren, but his career looks as though it will continue forward in the meantime. A potential unification bout with Adrien Broner later this year has been discussed more than a few times, but with Broner moving up in weight, apparently, seems more unlikely now.
Gonzalez (22-0, 17 KO) has a nice record on paper, but he hasn't really beaten anyone of note to date. At 29, he's been working his way toward a WBO shot the last couple of years, and now it's here. He's got some power, but Burns figures to be a class above him.