Burns lined up with Ocampo

  • Last Updated: November 29 2012, 11:26 GMT

Ricky Burns will face Jose Ocampo in his latest world title defence after the Filipino was drafted in as replacement for the injured Liam Walsh.

Ricky Burns: Lined up with a new opponent

Burns had been due to defend his WBO lightweight belt against Walsh next month until the Norfolk-based fighter hurt his back in a road accident.

Ocampo, rated 14 in the world by the WBO, will now face Burns at London's ExCeL on December 15.

The 23-year-old challenger has suffered five defeats, but most of them came in his teenage years, and 12 of his 17 victories have come inside the distance.

Should he win, Burns has been lined up for a unification fight with unbeaten American Adrien Broner, who added to his growing reputation by securing the WBC lightweight title this month.

The Scot, who swept aside Kevin Mitchell in four rounds in September, said in a statement: "I'd say that this is going to be the hardest fight of my career so far against a young hungry challenger who will be looking to take my title.

"Filipino fighters are as tough as they come, just look at (Manny) Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire, like the Mexicans and Africans they come to have a fight and Ocampo will do just that.

"If he fights like those two, as people say he does, then I'll be in for a tough night.

"It's unfortunate that Walsh had an accident and had to pull out of our fight, but I'm a world champion and I have to deal with these changes and I'm confident I'll deal with Ocampo."

Promoter Frank Warren added: "It's going to be hard for Ricky. He's been training to face Walsh and in an ideal world he would have had more time to prepare for the different style that Ocampo will bring.

"He can't afford to slip up, though, we are virtually there with the fight against Broner for next year and that will only happen if he comes through against Ocampo."


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