WBA Super Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns 41-5-1 (14ko’s) could be in line to face either undefeated IBF Champion Julius Indongo or seasoned fighter in Paulie Malignaggi.
Burns is coming off a very controversial victory against Kiryl Relikh earlier on this year, that saw Relikh miss out after a brilliant performance, and the scorecards that were given were absolutely awful. Relikh was promoted and trained by hall of fame fighter Ricky Hatton to which Hatton says Relikh will bounce back from the defeat.
Burns manager has reached out to both parties and has said whatever one will give him the biggest purse for March 2017 will be the fighter granted the opportunity. Burns would benefit from a fight against Indongo most as it would be a chance to unify the division, but would be going into the unknown in a fighter that pulled a shock upset earlier this month.
Indongo knocked out Eduard Troyanovsky in one round in one of the biggest upsets we’ve had this year. The Russian danger man went into the fight 25-0-0 (22ko’s) but suffered his first professional loss after Indongo hit him with a beautiful punch, see above.
I can see Hearn offering a low amount to Indongo as the fighter isn’t very known on the world scene and from Namibia, not a country notorious for their boxing at all. However the fact that Indongo holds a world title in that division, he wouldn’t be short of other options either, with a match up against Terence Crawford very possible.
The other option they are considering is 36 year old American fighter Paulie Malignaggi. Paulie is a former Welterweight world champion and hasn’t fought down at 140lbs in nearly 4 years.
Malignaggi has said that making this weight would be a massive struggle and fighting at 147lbs would be more reasonable, but he will sit down with his team and work out which option is best.
I think boxing fans would be more excited to see Julius Indongo be bought over to fight Burns in a unification fight, but it just depends on the purse.