WBO World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns 35-2 (10KOs) will finally re-enter the prize ring on March 16th at London's Wembley Arena to face IBF Lightweight Champion Miguel Vazquez 33-3 (13KOs) after seeing 2 opponents drop out of his planned 3rd defence of the WBO title.
Burns spoke last week that the main reason for the Adrian Broner fight not happening was simply down to the time frame and not about demanding more money which Golden Boy Promotions stated 2 weeks ago.
Burns was reported to be furious at the two call offs in December then the offer came in to fight Broner. "I want the fight [Broner]," stated Burns, "but I wasn't prepared to cram twelve weeks of training into seven weeks. I usually like to spar for six or seven weeks."
After defeating Kevin Mitchell in September Burns stated that he wanted one of the other champions and Vazquez has been mentioned in the past as a possible future opponent.
Twenty six year old Vazquez has made 5 successful defences of his IBF crown and will prove to be no push over for Burns. Vazquez is currently on a 4 1/2 year winning streak with his last loss coming against the current WBC Light Middleweight boss Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in 2008.
Also on the March 16th bill will be WBO Light Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly 25-0 (12KOs) who will make his mandatory defence against Robin Krasniqi 39-2 (15KOs).
Derek Chisora, currently banned by the BBBofC and doesn't have a licence, is expected to reapply for his licence in order that he will be able to fight on the card.