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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Baby not a distraction for Burns

By Dan Rafael

Ricky Burns
Impending fatherhood will not distract Ricky Burns from preparing for opponent Raymundo Beltran.
Lightweight titlist Ricky Burns has a lot on his mind heading into his fourth title defense, which is scheduled for Sept. 7 on his home turf in Glascow, Scotland, against Raymundo Beltran of Mexico.

Burns and his wife, Amanda, are expecting their first child at any time. Amanda was due on Friday.

"We don't know if it's a boy or a girl so that's going to be exciting," Burns said. "We haven't decided on names yet. Amanda thinks it's going to be a girl and she's got some names in mind but if it's a boy it's going to be 'Baby Burns' for a few days until we get a name sorted."

Even though Burns said he is excited about impending fatherhood, he also said it would not prevent him from being focused on his preparation for Beltran (28-6, 17 KOs).

"The baby is due at any time now but it's not been a distraction," Burns said. "Amanda was working until a couple of weeks ago and has only just gone on maternity leave really. The due date was last Friday so it could be any time now. Obviously, we don't want it too close to the fight but things are looking good and Amanda and the baby are both fine, which is great.

"The midwife told Amanda recently that she was quite low-maintenance and I agree. She's just got on with it and it has been great, and I just can't wait to meet him or her. It's dragging on a bit. The baby is healthy, so it's just a waiting game and we're getting a bit impatient. And I'll be playing the waiting game again in the fight week to get in the ring to face Beltran."

Burns is coming off a ninth-round TKO victory against mandatory challenger Jose Gonzalez of Puerto Rico on May 11. Gonzalez outclassed Burns for most of the fight, although Burns (36-2, 11 KOs) did begin to turn things around in the action-packed seventh round and Gonzalez quit on his stool after the ninth round with a lead on all three scorecards.