Apparently WBO don't want him anywhere near their title.I can see it being someone like Vitali Tajbert. Former champ, bit of a name and poses very little threat.
Any word on Scott Harrison being the opponent?
Aye, I agree. If the WBO actually were to enforce their "Burns' next defense must be a mandatory" stance - which they won't - then Bogere, Thompson or Kim would be pretty good opponents. If it's a voluntary we'd be lucky to get any of them. It'll be interesting to see who they announce. Harrison was quoted by the Daily Record as saying he's got a world title fight in December, but with the Spanish court case hanging over his head I doubt it. He needs a few more fights before he can even be in shape for an eliminator, and I would see Burns/Harrison being a cash-in for next summer. Just seems too quick for the fight to be made now.WBO Rankings:
1. Adrien Broner
2. Kevin Mitchell
3. Sharif Bogere
4. Jose A. Gonzalez
5. Sergio Thompson
6. Marvin Quintero
7. Ji-Hoon Kim
8. Gavin Rees
9. Paulus Moses
10. Carlos Molina
11. Darley Perez
12. Alisher Rahimov
13. Liam Walsh
14. Samuel Amoako
15. Abner Cotto
So best hope is Sergio Thompson but I doubt it and I reckon its going to be another domestic level opponent.
The only thing bullshit was the commentary team trying to paint out that Mitchell was winning the first and looked good at all in the fight.He should rematch Mitchell after that bullshit stoppage :ibutt
That's a relief.Harrison made a statement on BoxNation saying he wanted a world title fight next against Burns. The next guy they interviewed was Warren who made it clear it was a least a couple of fights away.
Harrison scoffed at the notion of fighting Derry Matthews when he was British Champion and said he'd love to fight Harrison, didn't he? I'm pretty sure he said he was above the British title. In all honesty I don't think Harrison should be anywhere near a fight with Burns if he can't beat Rees, but if he did beat him he'd bag the British and European titles as well as beating a fighter highly ranked by the WBO. It'd make him a credible challenger rather than a cynical cash-out.That's a relief.
Harrison will more than likely get beat once he faces a seasoned domestic opponent that isn't favourable stylewise - by that I mean that I give him a chance against Murray.... but he'd struggle against a Mitchell, would be well beat by Rees. Don't even want to think what Burns would do to him.
Fight in London???Why is Ricky Burns on the same card as a load of southerners..? :think