| Ricky Burns and Scott Cardle meet on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s undisputed Cruiserweight clash with Oleksandr Uysk at Manchester Arena on Saturday November 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.|
Burns created history in Scotland in May 2016 when he defeated Michele Di Rocco in Glasgow to land the WBA World Super-Lightweight title and become the country’s first ever three-weight World Champion.
The Coatbridge star successfully defended the crown against tough mandatory Kiryl Relikh in Glasgow in October 2016 before falling short in a unification battle with IBF king Julius Indongo in April.He won his 50th fight as a professional in June, stopping Croat Ivan Njegac after four rounds and returns to the scene of his points loss to Anthony Crolla determined to prove he still has big ambitions at World level.
“There’s some big fights to be made in the Lightweight division and a win here in front of such a large PPV audience will put me further in the frame for next year,” said Burns.
“The Manchester crowd last time out was fantastic and obviously Anthony Crolla is fighting on the bill, I’d still love that rematch down the line but first and foremost Scotty has my attention for next Saturday.
“I get on really well with Scotty and his family. They have helped me out with some sparring down the years but this is strictly business. It was a shame my gym mate Joe Cordina pulled out through injury but this is boxing. I’ll shake Scotty’s hand before and after the fight.
“Training has been going well, I’m always keeping busy in the gym waiting for the phone to ring. It doesn’t matter who I fight, I train for every fight the same so the short notice doesn’t change anything drastically in terms of our preparation. These domestic dustups get the fans excited and it’s a great show to be fighting on.”
“This is a huge fight to get me back to where I want to be,” said Cardle. “Ricky is a former three-weight World Champion and a Scottish great, a win against him would hopefully set up some even bigger fights down the line.
“This is a massive occasion for me, I’ve got the opportunity and now it’s time for me to deliver. I can’t turn fights like this down, especially at this stage of my career. The short notice isn’t ideal but I’ve trained hard for the Cordina fight and I’ll be ready next Saturday.
“Ricky is a very physical fighter, he’s got a great jab and he’s been in there with the best. He’s one of the toughest men in the sport and I’m prepared to go the distance with him. I’ll need to stay smart and use my speed on the night.
“I’m getting to a certain age now and I want to be able to look back on my career and be happy with what I’ve achieved. I want to reach World level before I call it a day and a win over a name like Burns could be the start of something big”
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Before a euphoric crowd at the Tomás Donés Coliseum of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Abimael ‘Hands of Stone’ Ortíz (6-0-1, 4 KOs) of Cidra, won by way of a sudden 5th round technical knockout over former Olympian Jantony Ortíz (8-1, 4 KOs) of Humacao, in a scheduled eight rounds fight at the super bantamweight division.
Jantony visited the canvas twice in the fifth round by body shots.
“Thanks to the fans that came together to the fight. Jantony is a great opponent, but we knew we had to beat him, but that was not going to be a easy task because of his great boxing abilities. Thanks to Fresh Productions Boxing for trusting me and giving me this scenario to show what can I do and grateful to Jantony for the opportunity to fight him” said an excited Abimael Ortiz, who in his last bout beat defeated Promotions Miguel Cotto prospect and localist Josean ‘El Tren’ Figueroa, by technical knockout in the eighth and final round of an exciting fight.
For the vacant WBC FECARBOX Lightweight title, Dominican Alfredo ‘Ojo’ Santiago (10-0, 3 KOs) looked impressive by winning by 4th-round TKO over dangerous Argentine Cristian Miño (19-2, 17 KOs) in 10 rounds agreed duel.
“Thanks to the CMB and Fresh Productions for this opportunity. Now with the victory I will be among the best lightweights in the world and ready to fight them” said Santiago.
Santiago, has notable victories over former Mexican Olympian Arturo Santos Reyes and world contender Jayson Velez, of Puerto Rico.
The freshly ranked # 20 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) at junior welterweight Subriel Matias (11-0, 11KOs), of Fajardo, scored a impressive 4th-round TKO victory over Breidis Prescott (31-13, 22 KOs).
Matias sent Prescott to the canvas in the third round with a resounding left hook to the face and the next round, Matias landed a upper to the jaw that sent the Colombian to the canvas again, and after overcoming the referee eight count, he retired from combat.
In his last presentation, Matías defeated Mexican prospect Adrián ‘Diamante’ Estrella (28-1, 24 KOs) by technical knockout in the fourth round. In addition, the Puerto Rican puncher has fast wins over Jeffrey Fontánez, former Venezuelan Olympian Patrick López, Brazilian puncher Joaquim Carneiro and world challenger Daulis Prescott, brother of Breidis.
Jovanie ‘El Lobito’ Santiago (11-0-1, 8 KOs), of Dorado defeated by technical knockout in the fifth round the Colombian Andres Figueroa (9-3, 5 KOs) in a duel scheduled for 8 rounds in the maximum weight of 142 pounds.
Santiago, defeated in his last fight former world champion DeMarcus Corley by unanimous decision. Also in his resume he has a victory over Antonio ‘El Cacique’ Ortíz, who was unbeaten in six starts.
In other matches, Angel ‘El Gallo’ Suárez (8-2, 3 KOs) of Guaynabo, defeated by unanimous decision Francisco ‘Monkey’ Rodríguez (4-4-1) of Santa Isabel. The judges scored 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55.
Four round bouts:
At the maximum weight of 153 pounds, Patrick Cora won by technical knockout in the second round over Orlando Fernandez. At 135 pounds, Steven Ruidiaz, of Canovanas, knocked out Héctor González of Coamo in two rounds. At 130 pounds, Jose Aguirre, of Arecibo, dominated Michael Estrada, of Fajardo. The three judges scored 40-36. In the bantamweight division Alexis Diaz beat Luis Torres by majority decision. The judges scored 40-37, 39-37 and 38-38. Debutant Bryan Álvarez of Cayey, won by unanimous decision over Emilio Rivera at 122 pounds.
Photos by Bryan Quiles