It doesn't get any easier this year for Ricky Burns. Fresh off a controversial decision win over Raymundo Beltran in September that virtually no one thought he deserved and left him with a broken jaw, Burns will now defend his title against one of the top young boxers in the sport, Terence Crawford.
Last week it was reported that the fight had been moved from its original date of February 8 to possibly March 1st. Now, according to a press release, the fight will officially occur on March 1st in Glasgow, Scotland, Burns' home nation.
Crawford, a recent fixture on HBO and promoted by Top Rank, has a great deal of skill and talent. Despite sporting a resume with much less experience compared to Burns', there's every reason to believe that he will be the favorite heading into the fight. Simply, Burns has looked very vulnerable as of late, a champion who appears ready to be knocked off. It speaks volumes that Crawford and Top Rank have no issue going to Glasgow, Scotland, the same location where Burns received his dubious decision over Beltran.
As for television airings, as of now Sky Sports is the only TV outlet that has been listed as airing the fight. However, I wouldn't be shocked if HBO picked it up, possibly even as a tape delay with it being in Europe. It's no secret that HBO has a close relationship with Top Rank and they have shown a few of Crawford's fights now. Max Kellerman, HBO's color commentator, seems infatuated with the guy.
Who do you like to win? Is Crawford too talented? Or will Burns' experience play a part, and let's not forget that he will likely get every break in Glasgow.