Boxing: Burns to face Crawford in March

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Ricky Burns has announced that he will be making his comeback against Terrence Crawford, with the fight set to take place on March 1 in Glasgow.

The WBO lightweight champion has returned to training almost four months after he suffered a broken jaw when defending his belt against Raymundo Beltran.

The Scot somehow managed to cling on to his belt that night thanks to a controversial draw, and he insists that an immediate rematch was his number one priority.

However, the WBO have ordered a mandatory defence against the unbeaten Crawford and Burns admits he has something to prove in his comeback.

The 30-year-old said: “I have a point to prove. We’ve made a few changes and some adjustments, we’re going to be doing things differently, and fingers crossed that we see a new Ricky Burns on March 1.

“As soon as the jaw injury happened against Beltran I went into survival mode. Everybody knew that something was wrong, even if they didn’t know exactly what it was. When the final bell went I wasn’t caring about the decision, I just knew that I had done damage.

“The first couple of months after the operation were a nightmare. They told me to watch what I was eating and I could hardly open my mouth, I couldn’t speak.

“Everybody is writing me off again with Terence but that doesn’t bother me, I like being the underdog and I can’t wait to get back out there again in front of another great Glasgow crowd.”

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