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Ricky Burns
Ricky Burns




UD 10
MD 12
UD 12
UD 12


5' 10" / 178 cm
70.1" / 178 cm
Orthodox (R)

Full record


Ranking @ Lightweight


The story

Born on April 13, 1983 in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland, Ricky Burns didn’t have the prolific amateur career of some other boxers and instead chose to jump into the professional ranks shortly after turning 18. His pro debut was on October 20, 2001, and he picked up a points win over Woody Greenaway after four rounds. Two fights later on June 8, 2002, he won his first fight by stoppage, scoring a first-round TKO against Gary Harrison.

While Burns ended 2002 with a record of 6-0, he took some time off from boxing after that. After his eight-round points victory over Nono Junior on December 8, 2002, he didn’t fight again until October 8, 2004, when he beat Daniel Thorpe on points after six rounds. He stayed active the rest of that year, though, fighting two more times and winning on points each time. The second of those fights pitted the him against Colin Bain, who was also 8-0 at the time, so it was an impressive victory.

He was even more impressive in his next fight, which took place on February 25, 2005. Ricky Burns came in as a heavy underdog against the 22-0 Graham Earl, but the odds didn’t deter him. He put on a masterful performance on his way to another points win, this one after eight rounds.

After running his record up to 13-0, Burns had his first title fight on February 18, 2006, taking on Alex Arthur for the European, British, and Commonwealth super featherweight titles. Although he fought hard, he was outclassed and lost by unanimous decision after 12 rounds. With two victories, he got a chance to fight Carl Johanneson for the British super featherweight title, but he came up short once again by unanimous decision.

He didn’t let those losses deter him, as he spent the next three years putting together a 13-fight winning streak, even picking up the occasional stoppage. Over that time, he collected his first belt, the Commonwealth super featherweight title. On September 4, 2010, he had his first world title fight, this one for the WBO super featherweight belt against Roman Martinez. Although Ricky Burns got knocked down in round one, he rallied to take a close unanimous decision and win the title.

With three title defenses, he jumped up to lightweight on November 5, 2011, to take on Michael Katsidis for the WBO interim belt. While he was the underdog, he proved the oddsmakers wrong by winning a clear unanimous decision. He went on to defend that belt four times, although the final defense was a split draw against Raymundo Beltran in a fight many observers felt the challenger had won.

Burns lost the belt on March 1, 2014 to Terence Crawford, who controlled their fight to win a unanimous decision. He lost two out of his next three fights, but then won two in a row to get a shot at the WBA light welterweight title on May 28, 2016. In one of his best performances, he took out Michele di Rocco in the eighth round by TKO.

Ricky Burns profile

What is Ricky Burns' Record?

Ricky Burns' record currently stands at 44 wins, 8 loses and 1 draw. Of those 44 wins he has stopped 16 of his opponents, so his current knock-out ratio is 36%. Despite his 8 loses, he has never been stopped. He's boxed a total of 414 rounds, meaning his professional fights last 7.8 rounds on average.

What was Burns' last fight?

Ricky Burns' last fight took place against Emiliano Dominguez Rodriguez's on 18th Dec 2021, in Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom. He won by unanimous decision in the 10th round. That fight was 1 month and 6 days ago.

How active is Ricky Burns?

Burns' last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 9 months and 9 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 11 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 49 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 9.8 rounds on average.

Where is Ricky Burns From?

Burns was born in the United Kingdom.

How Old Is Ricky Burns?

The lightweight is currently 38 years old. He was born on 13th April 1983, so he will turn 39 in 2 months and 20 days.

How long has Burns been fighting?

Ricky Burns made his professional debut in October 2001, so he has been a pro for 20 years and 3 months.

How good is Ricky Burns?

Burns is currently ranked 12th by the WBA at Lightweight.

How tall is Ricky Burns?

Burns is 5' 10" (5 Foot and 10 inches) which is 178cm (1 meter and 78 centimeters).

What is Burns' Reach?

His reach is 70.1 inches (70.1") which is 178 cm (1 meter and 78 centimeters).

What stance does Ricky Burns use?

Burns fights from a traditional orthodox stance, which means he favours his right hand as his power hand when fighting.

What will be Ricky Burns' Next Fight?

Ricky Burns' doesn't currently have a fight scheduled.

How can I stream Ricky Burns' Fights?

In the UK you can usually stream Burns' fights on Freeview Player.

What are some recent Ricky Burns results?

Burns has beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance once.

In his last fight, he lost to Lee Selby on 26th October 2019 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom.

Previous to that, he had defeated Scott Cardle on 10th November 2018 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Manchester Arena, Manchester.

Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Anthony Crolla on 7th October 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Manchester Arena, Manchester.

Before that, he had lost to Julius Indongo on 15th April 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Super Lightweight and IBF World Junior Welterweight championship fight at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow.

He had beat Kiryl Relikh on 7th October 2016 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Super Lightweight championship fight at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow.

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