Burns in light-welterweight move

Ricky Burns, left, was stunned by Dejan Zlaticanin

Ricky Burns, left, was stunned by Dejan Zlaticanin

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Ricky Burns is aiming to win a world title at a third weight, according to his manager Alex Morrison.

The former WBO super featherweight and lightweight champion is stepping up to light-welterweight after losing two fights in a row.

The 31-year-old Coatbridge fighter is set to make his comeback from defeat against Dejan Zlaticanin when he takes to the ring in Leeds on October 4, a nd Morrison believes he will return a better boxer with the extra weight.

Burns was unconvincing in the final two successful defences of his nine-fight stretch as a world champion.

He recovered from a broken jaw against Raymundo Beltran but lost his title to classy American Terence Crawford before his shock defeat to Zlaticanin.

Morrison told BBC Scotland: "Ricky was finding it increasingly harder to make the weight.

"He was virtually eating nothing before the weigh in and I think that had a lot to do with his last three performances."

Morrison added: "He is just looking forward to October and fighting at the new weight. We're planning on him winning a third world title."

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