Ricky Burns is set to defend his WBO lightweight title against Terence Crawford on March 1 in Glasgow, Scotland, and though HBO chose not to buy the fight, AWE has stepped in and made sure that there will be American TV.
AWE was formerly known as WealthTV, and has picked up several notable European fights in the last two years, many from the United Kingdom.
Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO) is coming off of a controversial draw against Raymundo Beltran last September. He suffered a broken jaw in that fight. Crawford (22-0, 16 KO) went 3-0 on HBO in 2013, beating Breidis Prescott, Alejandro Sanabria, and Andrey Klimov. The 26-year-old from Omaha has been hyped as a rising contender in the 135-pound weight class, and has good boxing skills.
Burns, 30, had two tough fights in 2013. Before the Beltran draw in September, he had to come back and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Chepo Gonzalez in May, rallying to stop the Puerto Rican. He seems a vulnerable titlist, but will have home field against Crawford.
Sky Sports will televise the fight in the UK.