Ricky Burns: 'I won't make the same mistakes'

WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns insists that he has learned from the mistakes that he made during his victory over Jose Gonzalez in May.

WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns has admitted that he delivered a below-par performance in his last fight with Jose Gonzalez in May.

Burns prevailed with a stoppage victory after Gonzalez retired with a wrist injury, but after his opponent dominated the bout, the Scot is aware that he needs to improve against Raymundo Beltran on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old told Sky Sports News: "The mistakes that were made won't happen again. During the fight, from the start you could see that I was trying to force the fight, I was over-stretching, I was trying to put everything into every punch and that is just not me.

"I am a good boxer when I want to be, but I know obviously I can get involved in a brawl if needs be as well and I think on Saturday night we are going to take this a round at a time.

"There are times when I am going to try to go out and stick to my jab, keep it long, but there is always that side to me that wants to get involved in a bit of a war. So who knows? We will take it one round at a time."

Burns could face a unification fight with Miguel Vasquez if he can get past Beltran.

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Ricky Burns celebrates his victory over Jose Gonzalez during their World WBO Lightweight Championship bout on May 11, 2013
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