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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)

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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 2 years and 2 months ago.

How active is Ricky Burns?

Burns' last 5 fights have come over a period of 5 years, 2 months and 11 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 1 year and 14 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 51 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 10.2 rounds on average.

Where is Ricky Burns From?

Burns was born in the United Kingdom.

How Old Is Ricky Burns?

The lightweight is currently 40 years old. He was born on 13th April 1983, so he will turn 41 in 1 month and 17 days.

How long has Burns been fighting?

Ricky Burns made his professional debut in October 2001, so he has been a pro for 22 years and 4 months.

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 defeated Emiliano Dominguez Rodriguez on 18th December 2021 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Rainton Meadows Arena, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom.

Previous to that, he had been beaten by Lee Selby on 26th October 2019 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at O2 Arena, London.

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

Before that, he had lost to Anthony Crolla on 7th October 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Manchester Arena, Manchester.

He had been beaten by 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.

Ricky Burns Stats
AgeDate Of BirthNationalityHeightReachStanceWeight Division
40April 13, 1983United Kingdom178 cm178 cmorthodoxLightweight (135 lb)
Ricky Burns Record
Professional RecordWinsWins By KOKnockout PercentageLossesLosses By StoppageDrawsPro RoundsDebut
Ricky Burns Recent Contests
2021-12-18Emiliano Dominguez RodriguezWon (UD 10)Rainton Meadows Arena, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
2019-10-26Lee SelbyLost (MD 12)O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom
2018-11-10Scott CardleWon (TKO 3)Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom
2017-10-07Anthony CrollaLost (UD 12)Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom
2017-04-15Julius IndongoLost (UD 12)The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, United Kingdom
2016-10-07Kiryl RelikhWon (UD 12)The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, United Kingdom
2016-05-28Michele Di RoccoWon (TKO 8)The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, United Kingdom
2015-11-07Josh KingWon (KO 11)Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom
2015-08-01Prince OfotsuWon (TKO 5)Craven Park Stadium, Hull, United Kingdom
2015-05-09Omar Figueroa JrLost (UD 12) watch replay State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, United States
2014-10-04Alexandre LepelleyWon (PTS 8)First Direct Arena, Leeds, United Kingdom
2014-06-27Dejan ZlaticaninLost (SD 12)Braehead Arena, Glasgow, United Kingdom
2013-09-07Raymundo BeltranDraw (SD 12)Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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