Burns v Vasquez unification in doubt again

STV Sport is reporting that WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns' scheduled title unification fight with Miguel Vazquez has been once again been put in doubt because both parties are yet to finalise terms despite the fight being less than two weeks away.

Rumours first surfaced that the fight was not a done deal when Vasquez was interviewed by Ellie Sechbach two weeks ago. Through an interpreter, Vazquez claimed that the match is not yet "concrete...but if they [the promoters] come to an agreement there's probably going to be a fight."

Thankfully, Boxingscene's Rick Reeno was extremely quick to clear things up for everybody concerned when he filed a story entitled 'Vasquez Signs Contract to Face Ricky Burns". This contained 'photo evidence' of Vasquez and his trainer Javiar Capetillo holding up a piece of paper, which Boxingscene reported to be a 'signed bout agreement to face Burns on the agreed upon date'. Click here for the story.

According to STV, Burns' promoter Frank Warren is expected to make comment on the matter within the next 24 hours. Vazquez's representatives have been unavailable for comment for some time.

Another late cancellation would be a massive blow for the Coatbridge lightweight, who hasn't fought since stopping Kevin Mitchell in September last year. A planned fight with Liam Walsh in December was cancelled after Walsh' was apparently injured in a car accident. It was reported that his replacement, Jose Ocampo, then pulled out following the death of his trainer.

Another cancellation would also seriously undermine the March 16 Wembley Bill, which was originally due to feature super middleweight George Groves and heavyweight Dereck Chisora. Various sources are reporting that Groves has, in fact, signed for rival promoters Matchroom, which is expected to be announced on Monday.

Hopefully, Nathan Cleverly's WBO light heavyweight title defence against Robin Krasniqi will still go ahead on March 16 as planned.


Crolla V Murray

A lot of people consider the lightweight bout taking place in Manchester this weekend between Anthony Crolla (27-4-1) and John Murray (32-2) to be a very close call indeed. The contest, in UK's second biggest city on Easter Weekend, is for the WBO lightweight Inter-continental title, but the significance of the result means more than the marginal title as it will put them a step closer to a world title fight. Even if this isn't immediately forthcoming, the division is stacked in Britain, and can throw up some massive domestic scraps.

Fight Reports

Crag Whyatt v Ben Moorish, Camden Centre, 11th April

Last Friday at the Camden Centre, Morden super featherweight Craig Whyatt (7-1) liquidated Plymouth’s Ben Morrish (3-8-2) in the first round to bag the Masters Bronze super featherweight belt. This was scheduled for eight, but when Morrish tried to turn it into a brawl he quickly came off second best after Jeff Hinds halted proceedings following his third knockdown.