Burns handed Vazquez test

Ricky Burns will take on talented Mexican Miguel Vazquez in a mouth-watering lightweight unification fight at Wembley Arena on March 16.

'Rickster' recently missed out on a fight with WBC champion Adrien Broner, because the proposed February date came too soon after a long camp for his December fight that was eventually scrapped.

However, promoter Frank Warren has pulled a rabbit out of the hat by matching IBF champion Vazquez (33-3) with his WBO title holder.

The light-punching Vazquez picked up the strap in 2010 and will be making his fifth defence, two of which came within six weeks of each other at the end of last year.

Scotland's Burns made two defences of his belt in 2012, scoring an impressive stoppage victory over Kevin Mitchell in September.

Vazquez campaigned at light-welterweight for much of his early career, suffering two early losses to then up-and-coming countryman Saul Alvarez.

The only other defeat on his impressive CV came against the still-unbeaten WBO light-welterweight Timothy Bradley.

On a cracking show, Nathan Cleverly makes a mandatory defence of his WBO light-heavyweight title against Robin Krasniqi while George Groves fights Mohamed Ali Ndiaye for the European super-middleweight strap.

The bill also marks the return of heavyweight Dereck Chisora, who is hoping to have his licence back by then.

Chisora was last seen getting knocked out by David Haye last year in a fight sanctioned by the Luxembourg board, as the Londoner was banned by the BBBofC following his unseemly scrap with Haye at a Munich press conference following his loss to Vitali Klitschko.

Liam Walsh, who was Burns' original opponent in December, will defend his Commonwealth super-featherweight title against Canadian Logan McGuinness after recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash.