Jun 15 2011 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
RICKY BURNS says world title challenger Nicky Cook is in for the toughest night of his career.
The WBO super-featherweight champion will take on the Londoner at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday, July 16.
It will be Burns’ third defence of his crown having previously retained the belt against Andreas Evensen and Joseph Laryea.
And the 28-year-old has vowed to unleash the fury after Cook put the boot into Scottish fighters Scott Harrison and Alex Arthur.
“I’m looking forward to getting Cook in Liverpool next month and giving him the hardest night of his life,” said Burns.
“Cook has got a lot of talk saying that Harrison bottled it and that he beat Arthur.
“But he’s not faced Ricky Burns in his career and he’ll know all about it on July 16.
Coatbridge-born Burns is working overtime the gym and revealed trainer Billy Nelson has put the brakes on preparations.
“Every world title defence is special but fighting an Englishman in England gives me that extra bit between my teeth to put on a top performance and stop Cook,” he added.
“I’m so up for this fight that my trainer has had to slow me down.
“Nicky better bring his ‘A’ game or else he will be in trouble.”
*TICKETS for the fight are available from www.echoarena.com or by calling 0844 8000 400.