In an extremely strange story out of Scotland, Ricky Burns was ambushed during a morning run. According to Jennifer Hyland of The Scottish Sun, Ricky Burns was out running when a group of thugs started to insult Ricky. The situation escalated and the thugs threw stuff at Ricky Burns. Instead of trying to confront the thugs, Ricky decided to turn the other cheek and simply run away. Apparently the thugs then chased Ricky Burns for a while.
"Out jogging and a group decide to shout abuse at you, chuck stuff and chase you. You phone the police and report it and they just drive by 10 minutes later. It's a joke. What's Coatbridge coming to?"
The police spokesman didn't do much to allay the fears of Ricky Burns or simply anyone in that area.
"We received a complaint about youths harassing a man. Officers attended, but no further action was taken."
It doesn't seem that Ricky Burns was injured at all during the incident and it isn't going to affect his training for an upcoming fight. It seems like Ricky Burns is in a dangerous area and he simply needs to move to another area to avoid the violence. Burns's mother commented that they need to move to the countryside, so hopefully we don't see another Pavlik situation where a fighter knowingly puts himself in a bad situation. Burns, however, needs to be commended for not trying to fight the thugs even though he is a professional fighter. I would assume that Burns could give a couple of those guys a good beating, but he did the right thing and tried to avoid confrontation. This result is a bit refreshing when compared to some other boxers who seem to gravitate toward violence. Good for Ricky Burns, hopefully this gives him a couple more fans.