Burns set for January return
WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns will return to the ring in January after failing to secure another replacement for his scheduled defence on Saturday, according to promoter Frank Warren.
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Late stand-in Jose Ocampo withdrew this week and Burns will now not fight at the Excel London this weekend.
Original challenger Liam Walsh pulled out with a back injury suffered in a car crash while Warren's official website revealed Filipino Ocampo had withdrawn because of "contractual issues with TV".
Burns had been hoping his next fight after Saturday would be a unification bout against WBC champion Adrien Broner and Warren is keen to get the Scot back in the ring soon to keep that dream alive.
Warren said: "It's a very disappointing time and I feel for Ricky, who has put in a lot of hard work to prepare, first for Walsh and then Ocampo, and now he won't be on the show this Saturday, but will return in late January."
Burns' manager Alex Morrison added: "Obviously Ricky was disappointed but he took it on the chin and he's taken a philosophical approach to it now.
"He knows that these things happen and it's unfortunate, but he knows that he'll be out in the new year. Ricky will take a week's rest and then he'll start back in training again."
The show will now be headlined by Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves, who takes on Jamaican challenger Glen Johnson.
Also, Billy Joe Saunders takes on Nick Blackwell for the Commonwealth and British middleweight belts and Steve O'Meara and Liam Smith fight for the vacant Commonwealth light-middleweight title.