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Despite it being the largest venue in England, the next big boxing main event at Wembley will not feature an Englishman. Instead, an ex- WBO Super Featherweight champion Scotsman and a former lightweight title holder Australian will battle at the second largest stadium in Europe. Ricky Burns and Michael Katsidis will touch gloves at England's favourite venue on November 12th 2011.

Although it may work out better for the neutrals, Ricky Burns, twenty-eight, is not impressed with the location choice, because with it he has lost any home advantage he might otherwise have gained. He told boxingscene:
“If I'm being honest I would have preferred the Kelvin Hall because it has a great atmosphere with the Glasgow crowd behind you but I really just want to get into the ring.”
On first impressions it would seem like a strange decision by promoter Frank Warren to put an Australian and a Scotsman together in the biggest stadium in Britain, but when it comes to promoting a boxing match the veteran fight man knows what he is doing. Katsidis, who recently beat Michael Lozada with a third round knockout, has a surprisingly larger British fan base- a support that swells each time he fights. Katsidis' manager, Brendon Smith, explained:
“Michael loves to fight in England and has many fans. He loves the passion of the crowds, whether they are for him or against him.”

Katsidis has endeared himself to a large portion of the British boxing-loving public for his desire to stage action packed bouts that would make most rocky films seem like an episode of Songs of Praise. What about Ricky Burns' English crowd? Although he comes from north of the border, English fans love to support a local champion, and will happily get behind a sports hero who can be classed as British. Witness the following Scottish tennis sensation Andy Murray has built up in England – we love to support anyone from the isles.

It is a shrewd move by Warren because not only will it draw in more fans from England, but getting from most parts of Scotland down to Wembley is about a four hour train ride - the length of a Lord of the Rings film - and if you book early seats can be pretty cheap. Burns will have a massive Scottish support trailing him down to the arena, so for him this can very nearly still be called a home match..

Will Ricky Burns beat Michael Katsidis?

As for the fight itself, well, Burns' travelling fans may end up disappointed. This will be his first match at lightweight ( read the report on Ricky Burns' move to lightweight here) and Katsidis won't let him off easily. Since his win over Lozada on August 13, Katsidis has been reinvigorated and he will be looking to knock Rickster out. The Australian will give Burns hell - this will be no tune-up match for the ex-WBO champ.

Burns' last fight came against Nicky Cook in July, where he won via a first round technical knockout. This was his third defence of the WBO Super Featherweight title and it would turn out to be his last, with Burns feeling he could no longer work with the physical demands of keeping to the Super Featherweight limit. He hopes to beat Katsidis comfortably and then move on to tougher tests against the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez and Robert Guerrero.

Are you excited about the Ricky Burns – Michael Katsidis fight? How do you rate Burn's chances?