By James McKnight (@mckjimbo).
WBO World lightweight champion Ricky Burns, was due to face commonwealth junior lightweight champion Liam Walsh on December 15 at the ExCel arena in London. Walsh though was involved in a car accident last month and consequently hurt his back forcing him to withdraw his challenge. Burns, 29, is now set to face late Filipino replacement, Jose Ocampo.
Ocampo, 23, has a record of 17-5-1, 12 KO's and is rated at 14 in the World by the WBO. ''The bomber'' which is his alias, is relishing his meeting with Burns in the ring and believes he has what it takes to cause an upset.
''I'll be coming to London with only one thing on my mind and that is to win the title.'' said the Filipino boxer. He added, "It's disrespectful that Burns is looking ahead of me next Saturday when i'll give him the hardest fight of his life,''
These are confident words from a young Man who has now got to back them up and it won't be easy against the tough and resolute Scotsman who had this to say on his upcoming fight.
"It's unfortunate that Walsh had an accident and had to pull out of our fight, but i'm a World champion and I have to deal with these changes and i'm confident i'll deal with Ocampo,''
"I'd say this is going to be the hardest fight of my career so far against a young hungry challenger who will be looking to take my title.'' he added.
Burns (35-2, 10 KO's), comes into this fight on the back of a superb performance as he beat close friend Kevin Mitchell. The Scot knocked Mitchell down twice in round 4 which resulted in the referee forcing a stoppage.
A win against Ocampo on December 15 would surely put Burns in line to face WBC lightweight superstar Adrien Broner near year.
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