Crawford defence for Burns

  • Last Updated: November 12 2013, 8:19 GMT

Ricky Burns' camp have been told they must agree a defence of his WBO lightweight title against Terence Crawford.

Ricky Burns (l): Set to face Terence Crawford
Ricky Burns (l): Set to face Terence Crawford

Burns was hoping to grant a rematch to Raymundo Beltran, who was controversially denied the belt when the judges could not separate the pair following their September fight in Glasgow.

Burns suffered a broken jaw in the second round and felt handing the Mexican a rematch was the right thing to do when he returns from surgery, with a February date mooted.

But the World Boxing Organisation has written to Burns' promoter, Eddie Hearn, to state that he has until December 8 to negotiate a contest with Crawford, who is the mandatory challenger. A purse bid will be ordered if no agreement is reached.

Crawford is in the same Top Rank stable as Beltran but it looks as if the Mexican will be denied another shot at the title.

Crawford is a 26-year-old American who has won all 22 of his professional fights, 16 of them by knockout. His last contest was a points win over previously unbeaten Russian Andrey Klimov last month.

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