Ricky Burns ponders giving up WBO super-featherweight belt

By Phil GoodladBBC Scotland
Scotland's WBO super-featherweight champion Ricky Burns
Burns is mulling over a fourth WBO super-featherweight title defence

Scotland's WBO super-featherweight champion Ricky Burns may be about to relinquish his title.

The 28-year-old is in discussions about moving up to lightweight and fighting for a second world crown.

It had been reported that Burns was to make his fourth title defence in the United States against mandatory challenger Adrien Broner in November.

But Burns' manager Alex Morrison says nothing has been signed and that his fighter may instead give up the belt.

"My worry is Ricky making the weight," explained Morrison.

"It gets more difficult for fighters to keep making the 9st, 4lbs mark as they get older. Ricky is now 28 and it was always the plan for him to move up to lightweight."

Fighting at lightweight would see Burns, from Coatbridge, enter the ring five pounds heavier.

And Morrison believes his fighter wants to avoid the problems that other Scottish world champions have had with weight.

"Look at Alex Arthur and the problems he had with making his mark," he added.

"It was a big factor in Scott Harrison's downfall too. I've spoken to [promoter Frank] Warren about my concerns and he agrees with me. Money isn't everything"

On the subject of a proposed defence of Burns' WBO belt in Cincinnati at the end of November, Morrison said: "Nothing is signed or sealed but I am advising him against the fight.

"Ricky is on the verge of taking my advice and saying no. I would like him to relinquish the (super-featherweight) belt and move up to win a second world title."

Morrison insisted that Burns would fight again this year regardless of whether or not he moved up a division.