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Burns back at lightweight looking to make noise

Former two-division titlist Ricky Burns will return to the 135-pound division on Saturday when he faces Prince Ofotsu. Esther Lin/PBC on CBS

Scotland's Ricky Burns, a former lightweight and junior lightweight titleholder, is done with his junior welterweight experiment and returning to the lightweight division.

He returns to the weight class to face Ghana's Prince Ofotsu (15-4, 11 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout at Craven Park in Hull, England, on Saturday on the undercard of the Tommy Coyle-Luke Campbell lightweight title eliminator.

On May 9, Burns traveled to Hidalgo, Texas, and lost a hard-fought unanimous decision to former lightweight titlist Omar Figueroa in an exciting junior welterweight bout, Burns' second fight in the division.

Now it's back to lightweight, which Burns (37-5-1, 11 KOs), 32, left after three poor performances in a row -- a gift draw in a title defense against Raymundo Beltran, the title loss to Terence Crawford and then another decision loss to Dejan Zlaticanin.

But there are certainly bigger fights for Burns down the road in the United Kingdom at lightweight than there are at junior welterweight with potential fights with the Coyle-Campbell winner, Anthony Crolla and newly crowned titlist Terry Flanagan.

"There are so many big fights at lightweight not only in the U.K. but on the world scene and I can't wait to get involved in the thick of it," Burns said. "It was frustrating before to hear people say that I was being sent out to America to just be an opponent for Figueroa. I proved them wrong. I will fight anybody. That's the only way you get the big fights. We aren't looking at a particular route or governing body. Whatever comes our way, we will be ready.

"We knew it was going to be a tough fight [against Figueroa], but I didn't agree with the deductions for holding. I thought he was holding as much as me and that's why I had to tie him up."

Burns was docked two points, in the eighth and 11th rounds, for holding.

"We moved up in weight for this one [against Figueroa] but still had some trouble making weight, but I didn't want to jeopardize my chance to fight in America," Burns said. "I think it was his size that gave me problems more than anything. I don't know what weight he was in that ring, but it was a lot bigger than me. The plan was to try to stick to boxing for the first half of the fight, but once the size really took over I had to stand and exchange more than I would have liked. I couldn't get him off of me. I've got no excuses, as I said the best man will win."

Burns said he enjoyed the experience of fighting in the United States for the first time and wouldn't rule out a return. But now it's back to the familiarity of the U.K. and the 135-pound weight class.

"We've enjoyed the experience of being in the U.S. Obviously, the decision didn't go our way which puts a damper on it, but overall everyone in Texas was great and I hope to go back to America again," Burns said.