Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Burns to defend against Gonzalez on May 11
Scottish WBO beltholder Ricky Burns will be after his 21st consecutive victory against Jose Gonzalez on May 11.
Scottish WBO lightweight beltholder Ricky Burns will pursue his 21st consecutive win and his eighth stoppage victory during the run when he faces Puerto Rico's Jose Gonzalez on May 11 at at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.
Having signed with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, Burns is coming off a fourth-round knockout of Kevin Mitchell in September. Gonzalez (22-0, 17 KOs), who turns 29 in June, will be after his fifth consecutive knockout win.
"I'm really looking forward to May 11. He’s a big puncher with a great KO record. But I’ve been in with big punchers before and that doesn’t worry me in the slightest," said Burns.
"It’s great to have the date and name sorted now so I can just focus on getting myself in great shape for a big night in Glasgow."
Promoted by Peter Rivera, Gonzalez is the WBO's mandatory challenger to Burns.
"I'm very glad for this opportunity and it’s a dream come true fighting for the world title as the mandatory challenge," said Gonzalez.
RYO MIYAZAKI TO FACE CARLOS VELARDE ON MAY 8
In another recently announce bout, Japan's 24-year-old Ryo Miyazaki (18-0-3, 10 KOs) will pursue his ninth straight victory and his fifth stoppage win during that stretch in defense of his WBA junior flyweight crown on May 8 against Mexico's 22-year-old Carlos Velarde (23-2-1, 13 KOs), a winner of three consecutive fights, at Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Osaka, Japan.
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