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Ricky Burns to take on unbeaten Terence Crawford in WBO title defence

WBO lightweight world champion Ricky Burns will defend his title for the fifth time against unbeaten American Terence Crawford in February.

The Coatbridge fighter's promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the fight will take place early next year but said the date and venue would be announced later.

He tweeted: "Delighted to confirm we have agreed terms with @trboxing for @ricksterko to face @budcrawford402 in Glasgow in February -date confirmed soon."

Burns broke his jaw during a controversial drawn bout with Mexican challenger Raymundo Beltran at Glasgow's SECC in September.

The injury was so bad that some commentators voiced fears the 30-year-old may never be able to fight again.

But doctors have given him the okay to continue his ring career against Nebraskan Crawford.

Burns suffered his jaw break in just the second round against Beltran, who also knocked the Scot down in round eight. But despite dominating the match, Beltran, 32, failed to get the decision as the match was scored a draw by the judges.

The champion was happy to offer Beltran a rematch after the fight but the WBO then stepped in to order Burns to take on mandatory challenger Crawford first.

Matchroom Sport boss Hearn said: "I'm delighted to bring this fight to Scotland. We tried hard to make the Beltran rematch but Crawford is the mandatory and Ricky is happy to accept the challenge.

"It's perhaps the toughest test Ricky has faced so far. There seems to be plenty of hype around Crawford, so let's see how he gets on trying to take Ricky's title in his backyard."

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