Nov 2 2011 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
RICKY BURNS has promised fireworks when he faces Michael Katsidis and says he will jab his way to the second world title of his career.
The 28-year-old, who was raised in Coatbridge but now lives in Airdrie, could make history on Saturday night by becoming Scotland’s first two-time world champion since 1995.
Burns tackles Australian Michael Katsidis on his lightweight debut having relinquished his WBO super-featherweight crown.
Some pundits have played down his chances of emulating Paul Weir by winning two world titles at different weights.
But the Monklands ace is ready to prove the doubters wrong and make it a Bonfire Night to remember – thanks to his trusty jab.
“I think the jab is going to be key,” he told Advertiser Sport. “I am a bit taller and have a longer reach than Michael.
“He is an all-action fighter who likes to come forward, so he is open to being hit.
“His power is in his favour but we’ve been working on a lot of different things. This fight will go on instinct.
“A lot of people have been saying that I haven’t got a chance. That’s what was said before I beat Roman Martinez for the super-featherweight title.
“But there is more to come from me and I will prove those people wrong.”
Burns says fight fans are in for a treat this weekend as both fighters go head-to-head for the interim WBO lightweight title.
He believes the occasion will bring out the best in him and paid tribute to the qualities of his Antipodean opponent.
“I’m raring to go,” Burns added. “I can’t wait. We are both nice guys but that all changes when we get into the ring.
“There has been no trash talk. We have a lot of respect for each other and people know what they’re going to get from us.
“Michael is a great fighter, and one of the best at lightweight. I know what he is capable of but these big fights always bring the best out in me.”
Burns has refused to consider what it would be like to receive the lightweight belt but he has guaranteed his fans one thing – victory.
“I’ve not thought about what it would be like to win the world title,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about the fight and doing the job first.”
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