Dagenham's former WBO super-featherweight champion Nicky Cook says he's going to blaze his way back to the top by beating Coatbridge's Ricky Burns in their July 16 ‘Battle of Britain’ in Liverpool - but the Scotsman has dismissed his challenger's chances.
Roman Martinez beat Cook yet in turn was beaten by Burns in a real upset. Cook still looks back on that defeat with painful regret.
“I’m still hurting from that night,” said Cook. “The only way to heal the pain is to beat Ricky Burns.
“I felt I had the better of Martinez but I got sloppy and I got punished. But I won’t make the same mistake again.
“Burns has done well as champion, but believe me, I’m going in there all guns blazing to win back my old belt.”
Burns, as always, is respectful but confident.
“Nicky has always been a fighter I have admired over the years and he’s a good fighter, and he we will be really up for getting his old title back. “There’s always something special when England and Scotland clash, and this fight will be no different.
“Nicky wants his title back, but even if he produces the performance of a lifetime, he won’t beat me.”