Aiming to put an injury-ravaged spell behind him, East Renfrewshire boxer Stewart Burt will line up in a British and Commonwealth title eliminator this Saturday.

The 29-year-old from Newton Mearns will take on unbeaten Anthony Tomlinson live on Sky Sports at the Sheffield Arena, on the undercard of former world champion Kell Brook’s long-awaited comeback fight.

Scottish welterweight champion Burt, who has a record of 13 wins, one draw and one defeat from 15 professional bouts, has only managed four fights over the past two years, with a number of call-offs last year halting his progress.

With this Saturday’s bout promoted by Matchroom and featuring a stacked undercard, Burt is well aware that a win down south in front of a live TV audience would propel him to the next level.

“I’m absolutely buzzing for this fight,” he told Barrhead Sport. “Opportunities like this are very rare, so I’m just thankful for the chance.

“Being able to start the new year with a fight of this magnitude and on a show like this is unreal. This is the biggest opportunity of my life.  

“This is definitely the biggest fight of my career.

“I am the Scottish champion but these are the kind of fights that can really take you to a different level.”

Looking to the man across the ring, Sheffield native Tomlinson has won all 11 of his professional fights and boasts impressive knockout power with six stoppages, including four from his last four fights.

And while Burt is well aware of that explosive power, he is confident he has enough guile in the ring to avoid being hit – and move one step closer to both the British and Commonwealth titles.

“He’s got a punch on him with six knockouts, so I’ll need to keep my wits about me in there,” he added. “I need to be smart and not get drawn into a slugfest.”

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