Ricky Burns to defend world lightweight title in London

Scotland's WBO world lightweight champion Ricky Burns

Ricky Burns will make the next defence of his WBO world lightweight title at London's Excel Arena on 15 December, with his opponent yet to be announced.

The 29-year-old turned in an impressive display to stop Kevin Mitchell in the fourth round in Glasgow last month.

Scott Harrison was hoping for a crack at Burns but the choice of venue makes an all-Scottish affair unlikely.

Burns has fond memories of London, having beaten Michael Katsidis at Wembley Arena to first claim the belt.

Unbeaten Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves will fight on the undercard at the Excel Arena.

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