A year or two left, but Ricky Burns dreams of Glasgow finale

Three-division champion Ricky Burns says it would be fitting to finish his fine career in Glasgow, but the Scot still believes he has a few more good fights left in the tank.

Having won world crowns at 130lb, 135lbs and 140lbs, tireless trainer Burns (43-8-1, 16 KOs) is still going strong after 19 years as a pro though he feels he was unlucky to drop a close decision to Lee Selby last October.

“I just felt as if I had done enough to win in that fight,” Burns told Chris Lloyd in the latest episode of Matchroom Boxing’s podcast ‘The Lockdown Tapes’. “It wasn’t just the Selby fight but over the last year and on social media, I had lots of people asking me if I was still fighting. 

“After the fight, it was things like that going through my head, but I’m not ready to retire yet. If I had went in and Lee had punched the face off me, I would have said ‘no more’. 

Ricky Burns (left) felt unlucky to lose a majority decision to Lee Selby (right).

“As I say, I thought I had done enough to win and I do think I have a couple of good fights left in me so let’s see what happens! I was 36 at the time, I am 37 now and I don’t kid myself. I know I have got a year or two left of my career. I’ve always said I will decide when the time is right, I just don’t like it when people are trying to force it upon me.

“I started ticking over in the gym up here and had to shake off a few injuries after the Selby fight,” he continued. “All the scans have come back clear and I have been back to normal doing marathon runs, the body is all good. 

“We’ve not spoken about dates or opponents yet, but I would love to finish my career in Glasgow and have one more big night up here. Throughout my career the fans have always turned up and showed great support so I would love to put on one last show for them up here before I call it a day.

“I don’t really want to think about life after boxing until I’ve decided that’s it. I see myself staying within boxing and getting an amateur club started. Getting my pro license would be great and I think I would make a good coach and a good trainer.”