Lightweight titlist Ricky Burns of Scotland said he has even more reason than usual to be motivated for his fourth title defense, which comes against Mexico’s Raymundo Beltran on Saturday (AWE, formerly WealthTV, 3 p.m. ET) at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.
That is because Burns’ wife, Amanda, gave birth to their first child, a boy, last Thursday.
“I’ve always been hungry for my fights, but now I have even more to fight for with my little boy,” Burns said. “I’m fighting to give him a great start in life, and it’s definitely something that will drive me on to win not just (Saturday), but in all my future fights.”
Burns, however, does admit the timing could have been better, given that Amanda was close to giving birth during the late stages of his training camp. Staying focused on the fight surely was difficult at times.
“The timing could’ve been better, but that’s life,” Burns said. “I’d rather the baby come a week before the fight than just after, as I would’ve had the phone on all the time and waiting for the call while I’m close to making weight or ready to step into the ring. Now he’s here, I can relax knowing that after I win, I’ll be going home to my new family. It’s a great thought and something totally new of course. It’s easy to say it now, but the buildup hasn’t been affected by the baby, really. Yes, I wanted to make sure Amanda and the baby were OK but she was in great hands, and I would probably have got on her nerves if I’d been around. It was a really long labor -- two days basically -- so she was really tired of course but I’m sure she’d agree that it’s worth it and we’ve got a beautiful little boy now.”
The baby does not yet have a name.
“We haven’t decided on names yet,” he said. “Amanda thought it was going to be a girl so it's going to be baby Burns until we get a name sorted.”