Although Ricky Burns has been beaten in his career, with a fight count of 50 fights and a 16 year long career he approaches the end of his career with a record of 42-7-1. He made his debut in October 2001 at the age of 18. Between October 2001 and May 2013, Burns had his longest winning streak of 21 fights. In his 50 fights, his longest KO streak is 3 fights long.
Burns fought and defeated Woody Greenway in a successful 4 round debut. The decision was left to the judges after the final bell in a PTS result favouring Burns. Continuing on from his debut, Burns had an impressive start to his career as he went on to fight 25 fights including once in 2001, 5 times in 2002 and 19 times between 2003 and 2008 against fighters such as Graham Earl, Frederic Bonifai and Colin Bain.
The first defeat of Burns's career came against Alex Arthur on February 18th, 2006. This took his career record to 13-1-0. Taking the first setback of his career, the February 18th, 2006 Arthur defeat went the full distance and ended via UD. 8 wins followed where Burns went on to fight Ben Odamattey, Frederic Bonifai and Wladimir Borov amongst others, prolonging his win streak.
On February 22nd, 2008, Burns went into action again and beat Silence Saheed taking the winning record to 21 wins. Burns was the first person to stop Silence Saheed and he did it in the 3rd round via TKO. 3 wins followed where Burns went on to be the 5th person to beat Osumanu Akaba, 64th person to defeat Billy Smith and 39th person to beat Gheorghe Ghiompirica.
Burns went into his next career fight with a record of 24-2-0 and took this to 25 wins with a win against Yakubu Amidu on November 14th, 2008. Burns was the first person to stop Yakubu Amidu and he did it in the 7th round via TKO. Fights against Paulus Moses, Nicky Cook, Kevin Mitchell and 7 others followed where he won all 10 fights taking his winning streak to 35 wins.
Pushing his career further, Burns fought Jose a Gonzalez on May 11th, 2013 adding to his winning record. Gonzalez was stopped in the 9th round via RTD crowning Burns as the first person to stop this opponent.
Burns lost to Anthony Crolla in his next fight. Taking place on October 7th, 2017, Burns's career record after this fight stood at 41-7-1. A valiant but fruitless effort for Burns. Burns fell just short and was defeated by Crolla over the full 12 round distance.
The wins continued with the defeat of Ivan Njegac on June 16th, 2018 in Burns's most recent fight taking his winning record to 42 wins. The most recent outing for Burns proved one that was easier than expected. Njegac was left wanting as the fight ended in round 4 of 6 (RTD). Burns now moves on to hopefully face some of the bigger names in the division.