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Ricky Burns expexted to face Adrien Broner in December with win over Kiryl Relikh

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If Ricky Burns takes care of business against Kiryl Relikh next week, he's expected to take on Adrien Broner before the year ends.

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It's looking like WBA junior welterweight titlist Ricky Burns has a marquee fight on his hands with Adrien Broner if he can get through next week's mandatory title defense against Kiryl Relikh. Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn tells RingTV that a potential fight between Burns and Broner is expected to come through rather quickly should Burns emerge victorious.

"We were pretty much there in terms of the deal to fight Broner but because of issues out of the ring we all decided to fight Relikh and try and clear the mandatory before securing the fight against Broner in December," said Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn.

"Adrien contacted me this week and said he is coming to Glasgow on October 7 to watch the fight and if Ricky defeats Relikh I expect that fight to get made without any problems."

Those issues outside of the ring are a pretty clearly allusion to Adrien Broner's recent legal problems which forced him to do a short stretch behind bars over the summer. The fact is, a potential Broner-Burns fight has been talked about quite a bit over the last several months, so It's no real surprise that this may finally be coming together...unless, of course, Relikh can upset the apple cart.