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Date set for Burns comeback

Ricky Burns will face Terence Crawford at Glasgow's SECC on March 1, it has been confirmed.

The Scot makes the fifth defence of his WBO lightweight title against the unbeaten American, who is the mandatory challenger, live on Sky Sports.

Burns scored a controversial draw against Raymundo Beltran in September, when he suffered a career-threatening broken jaw early in the fight.

But having received the all-clear to resume training, Burns has a chance to clear the slate against the promising 26-year-old.

"I have a point to prove," he said. "I've had two bad performances, we've made a few changes and some adjustments, we're going to be doing things differently, and fingers crossed that we see a new Ricky Burns on March 1.

"As soon as the jaw injury happened against Beltran I went into survival mode. Everybody knew that something was wrong, even if they didn't know exactly what it was. When the final bell went I wasn't caring about the decision, I just knew that I had done damage.

"The first couple of months after the operation were a nightmare. They told me to watch what I was eating and I could hardly open my mouth, I couldn't speak.

"Everybody is writing me off again with Terence but that doesn't bother me, I like being the underdog and I can't wait to get back out there again in front of another great Glasgow crowd."

Promoter Eddie Hearn knows that Burns must deliver the goods this time around.

"This is a must win fight for Ricky and perhaps the toughest of his incredible career," said Hearn. "Ricky is more determined than I've ever seen him and to have that frame of mind after the injury that he suffered during the Beltran fight is testament to the type of character and fighter he is.

"Crawford is hot property in the States but we managed to bring him here, out of his comfort zone and right now Ricky needs the people of Scotland behind him more than ever. March 1 will be a special night at the SECC, the latest chapter of the remarkable Ricky Burns story."