According to the Evening Times, Ricky Burns has been handed one last crack at the big time by promoter Eddie Hearn.
Burn, 36-years-old, will collide with Jorge Linares in a battle of three division world champion. The bout is reportedly a WBA lightweight eliminator.
The bout will headline a card at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on September 7.
Burns was in action back in November of last year, when he blew away Scott Cardle in three rounds. There was a talk of a fight with Lee Selby, but that contest fell through. Burns has won two in a row since losing a close decision to Anthony Crolla in 2017.
Linares was in the ring back in January, when he was unexpectedly demolished in one round by Pablo Cesar Cano – in what was Linares’ second bout at junior welterweight.
But Linares has a very good record against British fighters. He’s beaten Kevin Mitchell, Luke Campbell and Anthony Crolla (twice) in world title fights.
Linares will enter the ring with a record of 45-5, with 28 knockouts and all five of his defeats have been knockout losses.
Last year he took part in the biggest fight of his career, when he fought on even terms in numerous rounds against Vasiliy Lomachenko He dropped Lomachenko in the sixth round, but then saw himself stopped in the tenth after getting hit with a hard shot to the body. At the time of the stoppage, the judges had the bout scored a majority draw with tallies of 85-85, 86-84 Linares and 86-84 Lomachenko.