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Laryea ready to surprise Burns

Joseph Laryea, the Ghanaian who will challenge Ricky Burns’ status as World Boxing Organisation super-featherweight champion at the Braehead Arena on Saturday evening, has expressed the hope that the ringside judges will adopt a position of neutrality.

Laryea is concerned that the judges may favour Burns in the event of a close contest after he was the victim of a travesty of justice when he fought another Scot, Paul Appleby, at the Renfrewshire venue in December.

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On that occasion, the African triumphed by dint of a majority decision after one of the judges sided with Appleby in spite of Laryea having dominated the majority of the 12 rounds.

Consequently, Laryea is keen to alleviate any concerns by stopping Burns in the Coatbridge boxer’s second defence of his crown. He said yesterday: “I hope the judges are better than the previous ones.

"Appleby is a good boxer, but I have watched our fight over and over again and the judge who awarded it to him was very wrong. I could not believe it at the time.

“So, I want to take the decision out of their hands just to make sure and I have a secret weapon that you will see on Saturday.

“It is going to be tough for both of us. I have seen Ricky fight and he is a very good boxer, but so am I, and Ricky does not have as big a heart as me. 

“I am definitely going to win after spotting weaknesses in him that I’ll exploit in the ring.”

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