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I've put Mr Nice on ice; BOXING.

RICKY BURNS is such a nice bloke that he's not even looking to knock out his opponent whenever he steps in the ring.

But any fighter would be wise not to confuse his laidback, friendly demeanour with a lack of killer instinct when it comes to the crunch.

The Coatbridge battler has vowed there will be no more Mr Nice Guy when he goes toe-to-toe with Jose Ocampo seeking to make a third successful defence of his WBO lightweight title.

As if having his title on the line wasn't incentive enough to do the business against the Filipino on Saturday night, there is much more at stake.

Victory would almost certainly earn him a crack at unifying the division, with a showdown against new WBC champ Adrien Broner pencilled in for the new year.

The prospect of underlying his reputation as one of Scotland's greatest-ever boxers by becoming the undisputed champion is tantalising.

But Burns knows he'll have to take care of business first at the Excel Arena in London's docklands- andvowedtoshow no mercy if he senses Ocampo is there for the taking.

Burns said: "People know I don't go looking for knock-outs but if I sense they guy is hurting I will not hesitate to get in and finish it off.

"Once you are in that ring anything goes.

"I never look beyond the opponent in front of me because if I don't win next week then the big fight with Broner isn't going to happen."

Meanwhile, Glasgow fight promoter Tommy Gilmour has warned fans not to expect too much too soon from Highland heavyweight Gary Cornish despite his 11th straight win against Bulgarian Yavor Marinchev on Friday night.

Gilmour said: "Gary's still some way off being in contention for a British title shot but hopefully he will by the end of next year."


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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 9, 2012
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