Adrien Broner vs. Ricky Burns: Fight Scrapped? Burns to Move Up in Weight?

Martin SaltCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2011

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 16:  Ricky Burns (R) catches Nicky Cook in the first round during the WBO World Super Feather-Weight Championship bout at Echo Arena on July 16, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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It was widely reported that Adrien Broner was to fight WBO Super-Featherweight Champion Ricky Burns on the 26th of November. Broner is currently the WBO's number one contender in the division and is the mandatory challenger for the title.

However, Burns' manager Alex Morrison revealed in an interview with BBC Sport that no contracts have been signed for a clash with Broner.

Furthermore, both Morrison and Burns' promoter Frank Warren are attempting to convince the Scottish world champion to move up to the lightweight division and vacate his WBO title.

A move into the lightweight division would help Burns avoid any potential weight issues and Morrison has said that as his fighter has gotten older the move was always on the cards.

Burns has been unable to entice any other major belt holders into unification contests within the Super-Featherweight division.

Burns had been chasing former IBF champion Mzonke Fana before Fana was stripped of the title. Burns' main goal was to fight for the Ring Magazine belt, but this does not like a possibility now that Fana is not interested in a contest with any major boxer in the division.

A move up to the Lightweight Division will allow Burns to challenge the likes of Brandon Rios, Miguel Vasquez and Robert Guerrero.

But what of the man who's defensive class seems to mimic that of his idol Floyd Mayweather?

It's quite likely that if Burns vacates his WBO title then Broner will be fighting for the belt in his next match. Although Broner has recorded decent wins against Jason Litzau and Daniel Ponce De Leon, don't expect his title shot to be against a major opponent.

If Broner does win the title, he will find himself in a pretty weak division. There are no real notable, well-known fighters other than perhaps the WBA interim champion Jorge Solis. WBA champion Takashi Uchiyama and WBC champion Takahiro Ao have never fought outside of Japan and are unlikely to venture to America any time soon.

It may be that if Adrien Broner wins the WBO title he could find himself quickly following Ricky Burns into the higher weight divisions in search of greater glory.