Ricky Burns prepares for upcoming fight by watching Scottish rugby’s famous 1990 victory

PROUD Scot WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns has been getting in the mood for his fight against Kevin Mitchell by watching the Scottish national rugby team’s 1990 victory.

Ricky Burns
Ricky Burns

WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns has warned rival Kevin Mitchell: Scrum and have a go if you think you’re hard enough.

The proud Scot defends his belt against Essex boy Mitchell at Glasgow’s SECC on September 22.

And he has been getting in the mood by watching the Scottish rugby team’s famous 13-7 Grand Slam win over the Auld Enemy at Murrayfield in 1990.

Burns said: “As Scottish sports fans know, that win by our national team in 1990 at Murrayfield is probably one of our biggest and most famous wins to date against the English.

“Although I was only seven at the time I remember the passion of the Scottish players and what it meant to win a match in which they were the underdogs.

“They showed real fighting spirit and everyone still remembers and talks about the win today.

“My dad still has a video of the match and just seeing it stirred up the passion in me to beat Mitchell next month.

“Seeing the iconic images of David Sole leading out the Scottish team to battle and the singing of the Flower of Scotland really got me choked up. The only other time I feel like this is when I watch Rocky IV.”