Date: 16th December 2013 at 5:44pm
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With a fight against Terence Crawford on the horizon although with no date as yet confirmed, the WBO lightweight title holder, Ricky Burns, has been given the go-ahead to resume sparring.

As you?ll recall, Burns suffered a broken jaw in his last fight, against Raymundo Beltran, an injury that required surgery whilst also casting doubt as to whether he?d fight again.

But return he has and Burns has told the media,

‘The doctors have given me the all clear.?

‘Obviously I won’t know how the jaw will react until it gets hit but I’m now focused on getting into camp.’

And as for the tempting fight with Crawford, Burns added,

‘As soon as we get the date, we’ll know when to start sparring so we can test my jaw.?

‘The longer I can leave it the better and I won’t be happy until my jaw’s been hit a couple of times.?

‘Sparring-wise, things won’t change, although we’ll maybe start off with some lighter guys for the first week.?

‘But the hard sparring five or six weeks before the fight will be the same as always. There will be no messing about.?

‘There are a few dates available and we should find out in the next couple of weeks.’

I guess, as Burns indicates, those first few punches that are landed on that jaw will be the crux of the matter, will the jaw hold up or could the fear of it going again affect Burns ability to come forward?

Only time will tell!