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Burns vs. Evensen on 12/4

Ricky Burns has vowed to knock Scotland's "boring" tag on the head when he takes on Andreas Evensen on December 4.

The national football team has drawn criticism for tactics employed during a recent Euro 2012 qualifier against the Czech Republic.

A 4-6-0 formation led to manager Craig Levein being branded negative, but Burns insists he won't follow suit when he takes on the dangerous Colombian at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow.

The new World Boxing Organization (WBO) world super-featherweight champion - who makes the first defence of his title - climbed off the floor to defeat world number one Roman Martinez in one of the most exciting fights seen in Scotland in recent years.

And he won the crown by taking the fight to the Puerto Rican - a tactic he plans to adopt from now on.

"There's no point in sport wondering what might have been," said the 27-year-old.

"I could have shut up shop against Martinez after the knockdown and settled for a points loss, but I knew I had to take my chance.

"I felt I was very positive that night, and it will be the same against Evensen.

"Looking at his record, he could be a very dangerous opponent, and like all South Americans he can really dig.

"But I have to impose myself on the fight like a true champion.

"I could be patient and cautious, but I'll take the same approach to this one as I did the Martinez fight.

"In football talk, I'll playing three up front and going for the win from the first minute, none of this nonsense about getting everyone behind the ball and hoping to get lucky."

Article posted on 19.10.2010



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