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Ricky Burns to take on Joseph Laryea in March

WBO super-featherweight champion Ricky Burns
Burns will enjoy noisy backing from his home support

Ricky Burns will make the second defence of his WBO super-featherweight title against Joseph Laryea.

The bout will take place at the Braehead Arena near Glasgow on 12 March and the 25-year-old Ghanaian has good memories of the venue.

Laryea beat Scotland's Paul Appleby on the undercard of Burns' victory over Andreas Evensen on 4 December.

Burns, from Coatbridge, won the belt from Roman Martinez after a battling performance last September.

While Burns turned in the fight of his life to surprise the hot favourite from Puerto Rico at the Kelvin Hall, he lacked sparkle when comfortably seeing off the challenge of Evensen.

And the 27-year-old will need to be sharp against the big-hitting Laryea, who can boast 14 wins from his 18 professional fights.

Ranked 11th by the WBO, Laryea earned 11 of those victories by stoppage.

see also
Good times for Scottish boxing
12 Jan 11 |  Scotland
Burns soothed by victory
05 Dec 10 |  Boxing
Dominant Burns retains WBO title
04 Dec 10 |  Boxing
Incomparable drama on Burns night
05 Sep 10 |  Boxing
Burns wrests title from Martinez
04 Sep 10 |  Boxing

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