Former two weight world champion Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11KO’s) got back in the all important win column tonight with a wide decision 79-71 over Alexandre Lepelley (17-2-1, 3KO’s).
After a tense start to the fight in which Burns got caught with a few wild swings by his French counterpart, “Rickster” settled into the action and decided to stay on the inside against his 32 year old opponent.
Both fighters seemed to be enjoying the battle but it was the Coatbridge man Burns who was getting the best of every exchange.
After the referee tabled a wide scorecard win for the Scottish fan favourite, Burns said, “It was just important to win again. This is the first time I’ve done the weight properly but it was all a little too easy getting down to 140. I made the weight about six weeks ago and I need to sit down with my team Eddie [Hearn] and Tony [Sims] after I’ve had a break and decide if I should go back down to lightweight.”
Burns’ trainer Tony Sims echoed his sentiment, “Ricky is too small to be at light-welter. If he can do the weight properly his future will be down at lightweight but tonight I thought he boxed well.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn followed up, “There are some massive fights down at 9 stone 9. You’ve got [Tommy] Coyle – [Michael] Katsidis, [Daniel] Brizuela – Luke Campbell – these are all fights that can be made.”