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El puertorriqueño José “Chelo” González y el escocés Ricky Burns pasaron sin problemas el pesaje oficial efectuado en la mañana del viernes en el St Echno Centre de Glasgow, Escocia, para su combate de mañana, sábado, por el título mundial ligero de la  Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), en poder de Burns, que se efectuará en el Emirates Arena, en una presentación de Matchroom Boxing en asociación con PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), que será transmitido en Puerto Rico exclusivamente en vivo a través de DirecTV.

Tanto González (22-0, 17 KOs) como Burns (35-2, 10 KOs) marcaron 134.5 libras y se mostraron tranquilos y confiados en la pose frente a frente después de la ceremonia con la balanza, que fue celebrada abierta al público.

El boricua, primer clasificado de la OMB en las 135 libras y campeón latino de la OMB en el peso ligero, se dirige ahora a hidratarse y alimentarse para luego descansar, rumbo a la importante cita mundial.

La cartelera, que estelarizará el pleito González-Burns, será vista en vivo en Puerto Rico el sábado, comenzando la transmisión a las 3 de la tarde por el canal 165 de DirecTV y con retransmisión a las 9 de la noche. Además, habrá una pantalla gigante en la cancha del barrio Campanillas de Toa Baja para que los fanáticos puedan disfrutar este evento en vivo a través de DirecTV.

González regresará a Puerto Rico el domingo, 12 de mayo, arribando al Aeropuerto Luis Muñoz Marín en el vuelo #5123 de British Airways que tocará suelo a las 8:25 de la noche.


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Ricky Burns has entered “crabbit” territory as he awaits Friday’s weigh-in ahead of his WBO world lightweight title fight against Puerto Rican Jose Gonzalez at the Emirates Arena the following evening.

The 30-year-old champion from Coatbridge, who has not fought since beating Englishman Kevin Mitchell in September last year, is in the final stages of a typically rigorous training regime.

At the head-to-head press conference at the Glasgow venue today, Burns used the old-fashioned Scottish word for agitated to describe his emotions.

“It is always the couple of days before the fight which is the worst,” he said.

“I think every boxer will tell you the same because you need to start cutting down on what you are eating.

“You start getting crabbit, you just want to get the weigh-in over and once that is over you can concentrate fully on the fight.

“So I am playing the waiting game now. I have been training for so long. I just want to get out there and put on a show for the fans and I am really looking forward to it.”

Burns posed nose-to-nose with his 29-year-old mandatory challenger, who arrived in Scotland with 17 knockouts from an unblemished 22-fight record.

However, the Scot refrained from the body-language analysis which usually accompanies those type of picture opportunities

“I don’t really pay attention to all that stuff, you do it because you need to do it for the photos,” he said.

“What matters is when the two of us are in that ring, that’s what matters most.

“I can’t wait for Saturday night. It is going to be a great night.”

Burns’ promoter Eddie Hearn, from Matchroom Sport promotions, expects around 6,000 fans to turn up at the newly-built arena in the east end of Glasgow, all of whom, according to the champion’s trainer Billy Nelson, should be appreciative of their man.

Nelson said: “Ricky is a genuine world class fighter and that’s what we tend to forget in Scotland.

“We don’t appreciate what we have got until maybe it is not there anymore.

“We should be very proud of him.

“There is nobody in the whole world – and I sincerely mean this – who could beat Ricky Burns at lightweight just now.

“I think he is in the condition of his life to be perfectly honest.

“He is physically stronger than he was for the fight against Mitchell, he is punching stronger, his confidence is high and he has been looking great in sparring.”–65313