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Weekend preview and prediction: Burns and Crawford

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Ricky Burns returns to the ring on Saturday night against Dejan Zlaticanin
Ricky Burns returns to the ring on Saturday night against Dejan Zlaticanin

Back in March Ricky Burns finally lost his world title after being dominated for 12 rounds by Terence Crawford. Both fighters are at it again this weekend albeit against different opponents.

Burns takes on unknown Montenegrin Dejan Zlaticanin in Glasgow. Zlaticanin may be undefeated but he has never faught someone on the level of Burns who is rightly rated by Ring Magazine at number four in the lightweight division.

Burns should take care of Zlaticanin with relative ease but given he is training with Tony Sims I am reticent to say he will stop him. I say this for two main reasons.

Firstly Burns is not really a knockout guy with 11 of his 36 wins coming by KO and secondly I am unsure what tweaks have been made in the run up to the fight so let’s play it safe and take Burns by UD.

The highest profile fight of the weekend sees Terence Crawford take on the almost forgotten Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa. Gamboa has had a patchy few years despite at time looking like the next big thing in waiting.

Since beating Orlando Salido back in 2010 he has four unconvincing wins. Both fighters have identical records sitting at 23-0 and it could be a bit closer that most are predicting as the general consensus is that Crawford will win a decision without too much trouble.

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I think Crawford wins this fight no matter which way you look at it but Gamboa will have his moments.

Finally, the best fight of the weekend will definitely be the undercard bout between two lower rated cruiserweights in Scotland’s Stephen Simmons and Spain’s Wadi Camacho.

There has been lots of needle in the build up to this one and Simmons can stop the Spaniard in what will be an epic tussle. WBC International Silver cruiserweight title is on the line and may only be rated as a two star fight but it is one to watch, trust me.

Predictions:

Burns by decision

Crawford by decision

Simmons by KO

A wee bet on the treble pays a tasty 9/2

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