Manager calls on Burns to give up belt
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WBO super-featherweight champion Ricky Burns' manager has admitted that he could give up his belt in order to move up to lightweight.
The 28-year-old Scot has already started discussions about moving up a weight division which would see him enter the ring five pounds heavier, despite a fourth title defence in the United States against mandatory challenger Adrien Broner planned for November.
And, while Burns' manager, Alex Morrison, insists nothing has been set in stone with regards to Broner, he claims a step up in weight would be the best course of action.
He said: "My worry is Ricky making the weight.
"It gets more difficult for fighters to keep making the 9st, 4lbs mark as they get older. Ricky is now 28 and it was always the plan for him to move up to lightweight."
On the planned WBO title defence against Broner in Cincinnati at the end of November, Morrison added: "Nothing is signed or sealed but I am advising him against the fight.
"Ricky is on the verge of taking my advice and saying no. I would like him to relinquish the (super-featherweight) belt and move up to win a second world title."