The Usyk-Bellew bill for Nov. 10 in Manchester has added another notable fight to its undercard, as Ricky Burns has stepped in to replace Joe Cordina in a fight against Scotty Cardle.
Cordina withdrew from the bout due to injury, and Burns was already set to travel to Kansas on Nov. 17 for a fight on the Miller-Dinu card. So the veteran lightweight and former three-division world champion is moving his date up a week to take on Cardle.
Burns (42-7-1, 15 KO) is 35 and in what is likely the final stage of his career, but he still looks competitive after moving down to 135 pounds. He lost a tough fight to Anthony Crolla in Oct. 2017, and won a tune-up bout in June of this year.
Cardle (23-2-1, 7 KO) isn’t a world class opponent, but he’s a step back in that direction. The 29-year-old is a former British lightweight champion. This year, he tried to regain that title, but was stopped in two by Lewis Ritson on March 24. He’s since won a fight in August.
The Usyk-Bellew card will also feature Crolla returning to action against Daud Yordan in another lightweight fight to keep an eye on.