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As we all know, Ricky Burns defends his WBO title against the next Manny Pacquiao on Saturday. But it seems Jose Ocampo has withdrawn, according to the BBC at least:

Ricky Burns will fight in London on Saturday but it is not clear if his title will be on the line now that the challenger Jose Ocampo has pulled out.

The WBO world lightweight champion was due to make the third defence of his belt against the 23-year-old Filipino, ranked 14th in the world.

Ocampo was a late stand-in for Liam Walsh, who was injured in a car crash

Promoter Frank Warren is now trying to line up a new opponent for the 29-year-old Scot.

It is not yet known why Ocampo is unable to make the bout at the ExCel Arena in Docklands.

Burns, 29, and his trainer Billy Nelson are aiming for a unification fight with WBC champion Adrien Broner.

The Coatbridge champion's last outing was a fourth-round stoppage of Dagenham's Kevin Mitchell at Glasgow's SECC in September. It was the Scot's 20th consecutive win.

Unbeaten super-bantamweight Kid Galahad and Terry Flannigan, who recently won the Prizefighter lightweight tournament, have been providing Burns with intensive sparring at Nelson's Fighting Scots gym in Lanarkshire.

A spokesman for Warren said: "We are aware that Ocampo pulled out overnight.

"Ricky Burns, though, will still fight as planned in London on Saturday night.

"We hope to make an announcement in due course as to who his opponent will be."

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Said this before, if hes in shit fights nobody is arsed at all......Fuck all the opponents off Fwank and shot all the fighters in the ring, Royal Rumble style, last man standing.....Now that's PPV worthy.

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'Where are our tickets?' ask Team Ocampo as they deny withdrawing from Ricky Burns contest

Representatives of Jose Ocampo, a relatively unknown 23 year-old Filipino with a 17-5-1 record who was reportedly lined up for a 'world' title shot this Saturday against WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns, have denied a BBC article claiming they have withdrawn from the contest.

The main premise behind the BBC website article entitled 'Ricky Burns seeks new opponent as Jose Ocampo pulls out'has been questioned by Ocampo's promoter Sammy Gello-ani.

[Perhaps even more worrying is the unquestioning swallowing by BBC sports journalists of 'information' which leads to ludicrous lines such as Ocampo being "ranked 14th in the world". In BoxRec's ratings he stands at 74, is not even in his domestic top three, and should be nowhere near a genuine 'world' title shot - if indeed he was in the first place. Nor should the man he replaced, Liam Walsh, rated slightly higher at 70 though not in his domestic top five. Such is the effect of the proliferation of governing bodies.]

Ocampo's trainer, 50 year-old Danny Bactol, collapsed and died of a heart attack last Thursday during a session training his boxer.

The BBC article stated that a spokesman for the promoter of Saturday's bill at London's Excel, Frank Warren, said: "We are aware that Ocampo pulled out overnight. Ricky Burns, though, will still fight as planned in London on Saturday night. We hope to make an announcement in due course as to who his opponent will be."

Gello-ani told BoxingScene: "They feel that Ocampo may be affected by the sudden death of his trainer. The cancellation is not confirmed. I contacted them asking for our tickets because Ocampo ready and raring to fight for the title. He is in great shape."

Gello-ani told Boxing Scene that Ocampo "had vowed to do his best to win the title in a fight he would dedicate to his fallen trainer."

:lol: What a mess.
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