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Ricky Burns to face Kiryl Relikh on October 7th in Glasgow

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Burns has won three straight since a close loss to Omar Figueroa.

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WBA Super Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns’ first title defense is set: the Scotsman will take on unbeaten Belarusian Kiryl Relikh in Glasgow on October 7th, headlining a card that also features BBBofC Lightweight Champion Scotty Cardle against Kevin Hooper.

The WBA first gave the order to make this fight last month.

In the above article, I mentioned how this fight and the circumstances leading up to it were dumb and I stand by those statements. Burns (40-5-1, 13 KO) won the vacant belt by beating Michele Di Rocco, who has one decent win in his life and had only ever fought once outside of Italy. Relikh (21-0, 19 KO), meanwhile, isn’t even in BoxRec’s top two hundred but is somehow the ranked number one by the WBA despite zero wins over people with a pulse.

He is trained by Ricky Hatton, though, so at least we have a clear explanation in the form of blatant nepotism.

Cardle (20-0-1, 6 KO) beat Craig Evans for the British title before stopping Sean Dodd in the final round while down on the scorecards. He drew with Dodd in the rematch and was last seen sweeping Ivan Njegac in a six-round tuneup. Hooper (19-3, 4 KO) won and defended the BBBofC English title, though I’m far more fascinated by the win on his record over a man who was 8-167-7 and who is now 11-228-7 with only five knockout losses.