Ricky Burns is set to be the latest fighter to be unveiled as a member of Eddie Hearn’s growing stable of fighters, after the Scot parted ways with Frank Warren just last week.
Burns will likely be unveiled later today, or later this week, despite his former promoter insisting that he is contractually obligated to fight Miguel Vazquez on April 20. But after Warren postponed that fight three times now it is unlikely that Burns will have to face the tough Vazquez at all.
Burns has had seven title fights under Warren, but his failure to make the unification bout with Vazquez has led to one of his top attractions moving to rival stable Matchroom sport. Burns is not the first fighter to move either after undefeated Super Middleweight prospect George Groves moved from Warren just over a week ago and has already had his first outing under Hearn on Saturday, a knockout victory on the Darren Barker under card which was broadcast on Sky.
Burns’ reported move means that Hearn now holds the lions share of the British market, with Hennesey promoted Tyson Fury and Warren promoted Nathan Cleverley the only top British fighters not in Hearns stable.
Despite having no confirmation on the move there are already rumours within boxing circles that Burns will defend his WBO Lightweight title against Gavin Rees in May, with a mega showdown between Burns and American star Adrien Broner to be held in Britain in September.
Burns will now have the chance to showcase his abilities on Sky, as Hearn is the only British based promoter that Sky are contracted to show fights of and with Hearn as his promoter we will surely see that mega fight with Broner happen this year as a marquee pay-per-view bout, as Hearn is no stranger to making the mega fights.
WBC champion Broner, beat Gavin Rees in Atlantic City last month by fifth round stoppage and the brash American called Burns out after the victory but with Burns with Warren and seemingly no chance of that fight happening under his promotional company, the Scot has moved ship in order to fight the big fights and become a great at Lightweight.
With Super Middle- weight king Carl Froch, the top fighter at Matchroom, Hearns latest additions are not bad supporting acts to the Cobra.