Ricky Burns hoping hard work pays off

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Ricky Burns is looking to silence the doubters on his ring return against Dejan Zlaticanin on Friday night.

The Scot will enter the ring for the first time since losing his WBO title in March to American Terence Crawford.

Burns enjoyed nine successful world title bouts but he must now perform once again as he looks for a shot at WBC champion Omar Figueroa.

To earn his shot, he must overcome Montenegrin southpaw Zlaticanin in Glasgow, while a defeat could well be a disaster for his career.

While Burns hasn’t watched any footage of his opponent, he insists he will give him his full attention come fight night.

The Coatbridge boxer has spent the last 10 weeks training in Essex with new trainer Tony Sims and is hoping his dedication to the sport will pay off.

He told Sky Sports News: “I feel as if I’ve just fitted right in down there now. Obviously it’s hard being away from your family but I got home every second or third weekend, so it really wasn’t all that bad.

“Hopefully come fight night it’s going to pay off and be worth it. Like I said training’s gone really well, I’m just looking forward to Friday night now and putting on a good performance.

“The way I’m seeing it is I just need to go out there and do what I’ve been doing in the gym. I’m confident of going into my next fight and producing the goods.”

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