Vazquez inspired by Manchester United hitman Javier Hernandez in build-up to Burns night

30 Jan

Press release

Mexican hitman Miguel Vazquez says he’ll be as deadly as fellow countryman and Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez when he faces WBO world lightweight champion Ricky Burns at Wembley Arena. Vazquez, the IBF World Champion, puts his title on the line against Burns in a big unification clash on Saturday, March 16 that also features Nathan Cleverly, George Groves, Dereck Chisora* and Liam Walsh.

xxx. Credit: Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro.

Vazquez unconcerned about the fizz in Burns’ (pictured) mitts. Credit: Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro.

Hernandez, currently the only Mexican playing in the Premier League, hails from Guadalajara – the same as Vazquez. Since arriving at the Red Devils in 2010 ‘Chicharito’ has terrorised defences with his speed and accuracy, hitting the net 46 times. He fired home twice in Saturday’s FA Cup match against Fulham.

And Vazquez has promised to make it a Mexican treble by battering the Scotsman and taking his belt: “When I fight Burns, I will be just like Hernandez, a cold and ruthless assassin. There will be no remorse when I’m taking Burns apart,” he said.

“Hernandez is a hero in Mexico, I saw the match on Saturday and I said that is what I have to be like to beat Burns. A striker and a boxer have the same mind set, a striker has to have to the killer instinct to score, the boxer to land a knockout punch, when the opening comes against Burns that will be the end for him.”

Vazquez isn’t worried about facing Burns who destroyed rival Kevin Mitchell – who holds a decision win over Breidis Prescott – in four rounds last time out. Vazquez, though, was the first man to beat hammer-hitting Prescott after the Colombian destroyed Amir Khan inside a round.

He added: “Burns is a good fighter, he is strong, he has good skills and he knocked out Kevin Mitchell which was impressive. But he has never faced a fighter like me before. I’m unbeaten as a world champion at lightweight. I beat a huge puncher in Prescott and he didn’t hurt me, I don’t see how Burns can hurt me. I will be Ricky Burns’ worst nightmare. I’m coming for his world title, his title is as good as mine.”

Burns v Vazquez joint-headlines a blockbuster show with WBO world light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly’s title defence against Robin Krasniqi, plus George Groves challenging for the vacant European super middleweight title, heavyweight Dereck Chisora* and Commonwealth super featherweight champion Liam Walsh.

*Dereck Chisora’s appearance on the show is strictly subject to him being successful with his license application to the British Boxing Board of Control.

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