Ricky Burns unfazed by 'away' bout in Liverpool

Coatbridge fighter Ricky Burns is unfazed by the prospect of defending his WBO super-featherweight title away from his noisy home support.

The 28-year-old will make the third defence of his belt against Dagenham's Nicky Cook in Liverpool on 16 July.

"Everybody likes their home support," Burns told BBC Scotland.

"Everybody is always commenting on the fan base I've got here in Glasgow, but a boxing ring is a boxing ring, so I am more than happy to go to Liverpool."

Speaking at The Fighting Scots Gym in Glasgow, where he works under trainer Billy Nelson, Burns said the bout in England should help to raise his profile.

"I am actually looking forward to boxing away," he said.

"It is good to get your name put out there, not only Scotland but the rest of Britain as well."

Burns, with 31 wins and two defeats in a decade in the paid ranks, won the belt when he beat Roman Martinez at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow last September.

Since then he has secured comfortable defences at Glasgow's Braehead Arena against Andreas Evensen and Joseph Laryea.

His forthcoming bout is against 31-year-old Cook, who boasts a similar record to Burns' - won 30, lost two since making his pro debut in 1998.

Included in that record is his fight against Edinburgh's Alex Arthur in 2008 - whom he beat on points to win the belt that Burns now holds - and his subsequent loss in his first defence to Martinez.

Burns is well into his strict training regime - he says he "goes into hibernation" - and, despite the new surroundings for the fight, is making sure he prepares in the same manner as he has done in recent bouts to avoid a slip-up.

"Things have been going well. There are just under four weeks to go. The training and sparring have been exactly the same, the only difference is we are boxing in Liverpool this time," he added.

"We always train for a hard 12 rounds. You only get what you put in so that is the attitude we are going in with for this fight.

"We are expecting a tough fight. I think I might just have that wee bit too much for him.

"He boxed a few weeks ago but before that he was inactive for about 18 months. You never know, that might take its toll. But in four weeks' time we are going to find out.

"I'm always condfident without being arrogant. I just need to go in there and do what I do but I know that Nicky Cook will not take that belt off me.

"There is talk about bigger fights but I have to get by Nicky Cook first for the bigger fights to happen."