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Ricky Burns fights Jose Gonzalez May 11 Glasgow

Scotsman Burns to defend world title against unbeaten Gonzalez in Glasgow

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

12:04 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:19 GMT, 26 March 2013

Ricky Burns will defend his WBO lightweight world title against Jose Gonzalez at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on May 11.

The Scot, who recently defected from Frank Warren to rival promoter Eddie Hearn, has been out of action since beating Kevin Mitchell last September.

Burns, 29, had been due to face IBF champion Miguel Vazquez in London before switching promoters.

On home soil: Ricky Burns will defend his world title in Glasgow in May

On home soil: Ricky Burns will defend his world title in Glasgow in May

Burns had little choice but to face Gonzalez after the WBO threatened to strip him of the title if he looked elsewhere.

The governing body set a deadline of midnight last night and Eddie Hearn and Gonzalez’s promoter Peter Rivera agreed terms and contracts were signed.

'I’m really looking forward to May 11,' said Burns. 'He’s a big puncher with a great KO record, but I’ve been in with big punchers before and that doesn’t worry me in the slightest. It’s great to have the date and name sorted now so I can just focus on getting myself in great shape for a big night in Glasgow.'

Gonzalez, 29, has won all 22 of his professional contests, with 17 coming inside the distance.

'I'm very glad for this opportunity and it’s a dream come true fighting for the world tittle as the mandatory challenge,' he said. 'I'm not worried about fighting in Burns’ homeland. I'm preparing greatly for this fight and I'm sure I will bring the world title to my country.'

Hearn added: 'It’s been a tough few days and we’ve had plenty of obstacles to overcome, but I’m delighted to bring Jose Gonzalez to Glasgow for what I feel will be the beginning of a new era for Scottish boxing.

'Gonzalez is ranked No 1 in the world, undefeated and comes with a dangerous reputation. It’s imperative that we deal with our mandatory challenger to pave the way for big unification clashes but I believe Ricky will face his toughest test yet on May 11.

'We need the support of all the Scottish people as we begin a new journey and cannot wait to raise the roof of the stunning new Emirates Arena.'

Ricky Burns versus Miguel Vazquez cancelled

World champion Burns 'guttted' after unification title fight against Vazquez is called off

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

01:10 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

08:07 GMT, 4 March 2013

Ricky Burns' world title unification fight against Miguel Vazquez is off.

The Scot was due to tackle the IBF lightweight champion at Wembley Arena on March 16 but the two parties were reportedly unable to agree terms.

Burns, the WBO belt holder, has not fought since he stopped Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow last September.

Disappointed: Ricky Burns' fight with Miguel Vazquez has been called off

Disappointed: Ricky Burns' fight with Miguel Vazquez has been called off

The 29-year-old was told the news by
promoter Frank Warren at the end of an already difficult week in which
super-middleweight George Groves split from his promotional outfit.

Burns tweeted: 'Absolutely gutted this fight ain't happening, another training camp n it's fell through! Not only that, feel sorry for the fans, my friends and family who have now booked tickets, flights and hotels for 2 fights for it to fall through. Sorry every1!'

His manager, Alex Morrison, told The Scottish Sun: 'While there is talk of it being rescheduled within 30 days, Ricky and I are very unhappy.'

Burns had been due to fight first Liam Walsh and then Jose Ocampo last December but both pulled out at short notice.

His fight with Vazquez was announced in January but last month the Mexican cast doubt over whether it would go ahead.

Switch: George Groves will announce his move to rival promoter Matchroom

Switch: George Groves will announce his move to rival promoter Matchroom

'There
is nothing concrete,' he said. 'I am waiting on the response from the
promoters. If they come to an agreement, there will be a fight.'

The news follows the shock defection of George Groves to rival promoter Eddie Hearn which is expected to be confirmed on Monday.

The super-middleweight was also due
to fight on the London card but will instead fight a week earlier at the
same venue on Matchroom's 'London's Finest' bill.

Of the three title fights scheduled for March 16, only Nathan Cleverly's mandatory defence against Robin Krasniqi remains.

A statement from Warren Promotions
confirmed: 'George Groves has withdrawn from the Wembley Arena show
promoted by Frank Warren on Saturday March 16.

Last man standing: Nathan Cleverly faces Robin Krasniqi on March 16

Last man standing: Nathan Cleverly faces Robin Krasniqi on March 16

'Groves was due to challenge for the vacant European super-middleweight title against Mohamed Ali Ndiaye that Mr. Warren won the purse bid for on January 11.

'Groves has stated that he is not interested in boxing for the EBU title at this moment and would like to take his choice of fights in another direction.

'Mr Warren would like to wish George all the best with his career and looks forward to working again with him in the near future.'

Dereck Chisora, the shamed
heavyweight who was stripped of his licence last year after brawling
with David Haye, was due to return on the same night but is yet to have his hearing with the British Boxing Board of Control.

Toby Flood not fazed by threat to England place

Flood not fazed by threat to England place with No 10 ready to return for Leicester

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00:01 GMT, 19 December 2012

England fly-half Toby Flood insists he is not worried by the increasing competition for his international place.

Flood is fit to play for Leicester after overcoming a toe injury sustained in England’s defeat by South Africa last month.

Owen Farrell and Freddie Burns were impressive in his absence against New Zealand but Flood is not fazed.

Blow: Toby Flood missed England's triumph over the All Blacks with injury

Blow: Toby Flood missed England's triumph over the All Blacks with injury

‘I’m not fussed about it. It’s the way it goes. It seemed like a good one (the All Blacks match) to miss in terms of the way they were playing,’ he joked. ‘But credit to the lads, the way they finished off was very impressive. I just want to get back.’

Flood, who started England’s first three autumn matches, looks set to regain his Leicester place ahead of England Under 20 fly-half George Ford for the Aviva Premiership match at London Irish on Saturday.

A goal-kicking record of nearly 79 per cent this season makes Flood Leicester’s No 1, despite the promise of Ford, whose accuracy is only around 59 per cent. Leicester also hope to have England flanker Tom Croft back on duty over the holiday period.

He has been pencilled in for a comeback in the home game against Gloucester on December 29.

Croft has not played since April because of a neck injury and his comeback will be carefully managed. ‘It’s a matter of getting his confidence back,’ said Leicester’s director of rugby Richard Cockerill.

Ricky Burns fight: Jose Ocampo withdraws from ExCel clash

Burns night chaos as second opponent Ocampo pulls out of fight against lightweight king

PUBLISHED:

09:38 GMT, 11 December 2012

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UPDATED:

09:39 GMT, 11 December 2012

Ricky Burns will be fighting in London on Saturday but not against Jose Ocampo after the 23-year-old Filipino pulled out of their WBO lightweight title fight.

The Coatbridge champion was due to make the third defence of his belt against the fighter ranked 14th in the world, who was himself a late stand-in for Liam Walsh, who was injured in a car crash.

Third time lucky WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is waiting to discover who his opponent for Saturday will be

Third time lucky WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is waiting to discover who his opponent for Saturday will be

However, promoter Frank Warren had it confirmed that Ocampo has also dropped out of the bout at the ExCel Arena in Docklands although the reason is not yet clear.

While the search for a new opponent for Burns is under way, a spokesman for Warren said: 'Ricky's opponent pulled out this afternoon.

Last time out: Scottish hero Burns destroyed Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow earlier this year

Last time out: Scottish hero Burns destroyed Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow earlier this year

'But Ricky will still be fighting on the show as planned and we are looking for a replacement now.'

The 29-year-old Scot, whose last outing was a fourth round stoppage of Dagenham's Kevin Mitchell at Glasgow's SECC in September, is aiming for a unification fight with WBC champion Adrien Broner.

Ricky Burns to face Jose Ocampo

Ocampo lined up for Burns night! Filipino in for injured Walsh to take on champion Ricky

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UPDATED:

12:26 GMT, 29 November 2012

Ricky Burns will face Jose Ocampo in his latest world title defence after the Filipino was drafted in as replacement for the injured Liam Walsh.

Burns had been due to defend his WBO lightweight belt against Walsh next month until the Norfolk-based fighter hurt his back in a road accident.

Ocampo, rated 14 in the world by the WBO, will now face Burns at London's ExCeL on December 15.

Great Scot: Ricky Burns (right) celebrates his victory over Kevin Mitchell

Great Scot: Ricky Burns (right) celebrates his victory over Kevin Mitchell

The 23-year-old challenger has suffered five defeats, but most of them came in his teenage years, and 12 of his 17 victories have come inside the distance.

Should he win, Burns has been lined up for a unification fight with unbeaten American Adrien Broner, who added to his growing reputation by securing the WBC lightweight title this month.

The Scot, who swept aside Kevin Mitchell in four rounds in September, said: 'I'd say that this is going to be the hardest fight of my career so far against a young hungry challenger who will be looking to take my title.

Too good: Scot Burns beat Mitchell in four rounds in Glasgow

Too good: Scot Burns beat Mitchell in four rounds in Glasgow

'Filipino fighters are as tough as they come, just look at (Manny) Pacquiao and Nonito Donnaire, like the Mexicans and Africans they come to have a fight and Ocampo will do just that.

'If he fights like those two, as people say he does, then I'll be in for a tough night.

'It's unfortunate that Walsh had an accident and had to pull out of our fight, but I'm a world champion and I have to deal with these changes and I'm confident I'll deal with Ocampo.'

Bad luck: Liam Walsh (left) was forced to pull out of his fight with Burns

Bad luck: Liam Walsh (left) was forced to pull out of his fight with Burns

Promoter Frank Warren added: 'It's going to be hard for Ricky, he's been training to face Walsh and in an ideal world he would have had more time to prepare for the different style that Ocampo will bring.

'He can't afford to slip up, though, we are virtually there with the fight against Broner for next year and that will only happen if he comes through against Ocampo.'

Gloucester 29 Sale Sharks 3: Match report

Gloucester 29 Sale 3: Burns puts the boot in but Edmonds injury overshadows win

PUBLISHED:

16:07 GMT, 24 November 2012

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UPDATED:

16:07 GMT, 24 November 2012

Gloucester climbed up to third place in the Aviva Premiership as they inflicted the eighth league defeat of the season on bottom side Sale Sharks.

Two tries, one from Akapusi Qera and the other a penalty touchdown, in the last quarter ended a match which failed to inspire.

Home fly-half Freddie Burns booted five penalties in the opening 24 minutes and converted both tries against a solitary penalty from ex-England ace Danny Cipriani for Sale.

Steady Freddie: Burns was in fine form with the boot for Gloucester

Steady Freddie: Burns was in fine form with the boot for Gloucester

But the win was marred by a serious-looking neck injury to the home side's Australia hooker Huia Edmonds 10 minutes into the second half.

Gloucester have not lost at Kingsholm since Northampton beat them on September 1 as they went in search of a a seventh home victory.

It was down to sloppy Sale errors and the precise boot of Burns, this season's top points scorer in the Premiership, that Gloucester went clear early on.

The Sharks, looking for a second league victory of the season after breaking their duck with a 21-9 win over London Irish earlier this month, were never in it.

Burns put the Cherry and Whites in front after five minutes with the first of his five penalties in the opening period.

And the fly-half showed plenty of confidence to nail his next four kicks, two from 40metres, one from 45m and the other way out on the left from about 50m.

Concerned: Huia Edmonds is carried off the pitch on a stretcher

Concerned: Huia Edmonds is carried off the pitch on a stretcher

There were no clear-cut try-scoring chances from either side during a dull first period until Sale had a chance in the final six minutes.

They were desperate to get back into the game at 15-0 down and, instead of going for goal when awarded a penalty, tried a kick to touch and attacking line-out.

The drive took them close, but when British Lions scrum-half Dwayne Peel fed No 8 Andy Powell, the ex-Wales international dropped the ball.

Cipriani got Sale on the board with a 25m penalty, but after the break and despite some good drives from big centre Sam Tuitupou, handling mistakes again let the Sharks down.

The match was held up 10 minutes into the second half for the worrying injury to Edmonds after Sale's pack drove into a maul near the home line.

Edmonds fell to the ground as medics raced on to the pitch and spent six minutes treating him before the hooker was stretchered off with his neck in a brace.

Sale got back into it the quicker from the restart, but lost their way as Gloucester regained the initiative and, to the relief of the home support, put themselves almost out of sight with 17 minutes remaining.

Fijian flanker Qera took a short pass from scrum-half Jimmy Cowan to drive over the line from five metres.

It brought some life back into the Cherry and Whites and, with Cipriani now on the bench with an icepack on his knee, Sale's chances were gone.

Gloucester finished on top with their scrum hammering the opposition. And it was after a series of attacking scrums that the visitor's pack collapsed under the pressure on their own line and referee Luke Pearce had no hesitation in awarding a penalty try that finished things off.

London Welsh 25 Gloucester 31

London Welsh 25 Gloucester 31: Burns bites back to settle thrilling encounter

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UPDATED:

16:52 GMT, 30 September 2012

Freddie Burns boosted his England hopes as his attacking spark helped Gloucester avoid becoming London Welsh's latest Aviva Premiership scalp in a Kassam Stadium thriller.

The visitors appeared in control as they opened up an 18-9 interval lead thanks to tries from Shane Monahan and Tom Savage, with Burns involved in the creation of both scores.

But the boot of Gordon Ross, who ended the game with 20 points to his name, kept Welsh in it and Franck Montanella's try looked to have set Lyn Jones' men up for a third-straight win.

Stopped: Daniel Browne of London Welsh is tackled by Mike Tindall of Gloucester

Stopped: Daniel Browne of London Welsh is tackled by Mike Tindall of Gloucester

Match facts

London Welsh: Jewell, Arscott, Parker, Tonga'uiha, Scott, Ross, Keats, Montanella, Briggs, Ion, Mills, Corker, Browne, Hills,
Jackson.

Replacements: Runciman for Jewell (76),
Mackenzie for Parker (20), To'oala for Ross (76), Bristow for Montanella (66), George for Briggs (11), Jolly for Ion (52), Kulemin for Browne (75).

Not Used: Davis.

Tries: Montanella.

Cons: Ross.

Pens: Ross 6.

Gloucester: Cook, Monahan, Twelvetrees, Tindall, Simpson-Daniel, Burns, Robson, Wood, D'Apice, Harden, Savage, Hamilton, Buxton, Qera, Kalamafoni.

Replacements: Lewis for Tindall (63), Trinder for Robson (63), Murphy for Wood (64).

Not Used: Britton, Knight, James, Evans, M. Thomas.

Sin Bin: Burns (42).

Tries: Monahan, Savage, Knight.

Cons: Burns 2.

Pens: Burns 3, Twelvetrees.

Att: 3,072

Ref: Llyr Apgeraint-Roberts (RFU).

However, a thrilling counter-attack instigated and supported by Burns, back after a spell in the sin bin, saw replacement prop Shaun Knight barrel over for the clinching score.

Burns and Ross had traded early penalties before the visitors landed the first telling blow.

Welsh had lost hooker Neil Briggs and centre Sonny Parker to injury when Burns struck his second penalty before producing two moments of brilliance to create the opening try.

The fly-half launched a break from deep with a lovely sidestep and only Nick Scott's deliberate batting down of the scoring pass prevented a try.

The Exiles wing was sent to the sin bin for his trouble and Burns caught the hosts sleeping as he took a quick tap to allow the powerful Monahan to get over on the right.

Ross responded with a penalty for Welsh but they were fortunate not to concede a second try to Monahan when the winger brilliantly swerved his way out of the grasps of the Exiles cover, only to be denied a memorable score by a superb covering tackle from Tyson Keats.

It proved a brief reprieve as more
good work from Monahan and wing partner James Simpson-Daniel laid the
platform for Savage to barge over after Burns had gone close.

Ross
again responded with a penalty but Welsh were being forced into
ill-discipline as they struggled to contain Gloucester's desire to put
tempo on the game.

They
were also guilty of failing to convert two excellent tryscoring chances.
Lock Matt Corker sparked a thrilling counter from deep during the dying
embers of the first half, but repeated battering at the Gloucester line
yielded no reward.

And moments into the second half Ross
failed to get his pass away with several men free outside him as Burns
stepped in and was adjudged to have deliberately knocked on.

That
saw the Gloucester man binned and Ross kicked his fourth penalty, but
Welsh infringed moments later after failing to secure their own line-out
ball to let Billy Twelvetrees reinstate the nine-point gap between the
sides.

Give that to me: Paulica Ion tackles Tom Savage

Give that to me: Paulica Ion tackles Tom Savage

Denied: Hudson Tonga'uiha of London Welsh is tackled by Tindall

Denied: Hudson Tonga'uiha of London Welsh is tackled by Tindall

When the Exiles did manage to win set-piece ball their rolling maul was proving a handful for Gloucester, and one such surge led to Ross' fifth penalty.

The hosts then took the lead after more strong work from their pack. Several drives took them close to the line before Montanella was adjudged to have grounded the ball beneath a pile of bodies.

Ross converted for a one-point advantage and quickly added yet another penalty after Sione Kalamafoni was penalised for attempting to hurdle a pair of London Welsh defenders.

But Burns replied with his third penalty and then superbly created Knight's winning try to give Stuart Lancaster a glimpse of what he could offer come the autumn internationals.

Carl Froch: Kevin Mitchell can beat Ricky Burns

Close call: Froch backs underdog Mitchell to upset home favourite Burns in Glasgow

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UPDATED:

16:27 GMT, 20 September 2012

Carl Froch has backed Kevin Mitchell to cause an upset in Glasgow and defeat home favourite Ricky Burns for the WBO world lightweight title this weekend.

Champion Burns stood toe-to-toe with Londoner Mitchell for the final time on Thursday before Friday's weigh-in as Saturday's eagerly-anticipated clash draws closer.

Opinion is heavily divided as to who will eventually come out on top, but IBF world super-middleweight champion Froch believes his English compatriot Mitchell can defy the odds at the SECC Arena.

Head-to-head: Challenger Kevin Mitchell stares champion Ricky Burns in the eyes as the pair gear up for their WBO world lightweight contest

Head-to-head: Challenger Kevin Mitchell stares champion Ricky Burns in the eyes as the pair gear up for their WBO world lightweight contest

'It promises to be a decent fight, very, very close,' said Froch, speaking to BoxNation, who will broadcast the bout.

'The smart money will be on Burns on points but you’ve got to get behind the English and Kevin’s a tough little f*****.

'I think he’ll stay on top of Burns with educated pressure and his power punches will see him to a late stoppage.'

World light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly is backing the 29-year-old Coatbridge fighter to stop the challenger, however.

Cleverly, who also fights under the Frank Warren stable of boxers, is preparing for his comeback next month when he defends his WBO crown against Ukrainian Vyacheslav Uzelkov at Cardiff's Motopoint Arena.

His attention will be fixed on events north of the border on Saturday, where he expects Burns to come out on top.

'It’ll be a real class fight,' he said.

Man in the middle: Promoter Frank Warren is looking forward to Saturday's eagerly-awaited contest

Man in the middle: Promoter Frank Warren is looking forward to Saturday's eagerly-awaited contest

'Kevin’s got the flair and the flash and he’ll definitely hurt Burns at some stage with those crisp, snappy bombs of his.

'But I’ll go with Burns to get behind his jab and pinch it on points from long range. He’s the more consistent, has been kept busier and has more momentum. I think that will be decisive in the later part of the fight.'

One man who is no stranger to all-British showdowns is the legendary Jim Watt and the former world lightweight king has predicted his fellow countryman Burns will walk away as the winner in a closely-fought contest.

On the line: Burns will look to retain his title

On the line: Burns will look to retain his title

'A safe prediction is that it’ll be a good fight because both are always in good fights,' said Watt, who now expertly calls fights in his role as a TV commentator for Sky Sports.

'No doubt Kevin will try and get close, turn it into more of a brawl but Ricky’s proved how tough he is, even in those fights he lost to Alex Arthur and Carl Johanneson.

'Over the years he’s really learned to utilise his physical advantages, that height and reach. I think he has the style to confuse and upset Kevin from long range.

'I go with Burns on points.'

One interested observer this Saturday will by John Murray, the Manchester lightweight who Mitchell superbly knocked out in an epic encounter last year.

Mitchell, 27, has promised Murray the first shot at the title if he manages to defeat Burns – and Murray's respected trainer Joe Gallagher is confident the Cockney can deliver his vow.

'I so, so want Kevin Mitchell to win. He’s a real good kid,' said Gallagher.

'The way he conducted himself in the John Murray fight was the blueprint for all professional fighters. He was funny, quick witted but always respectful.

'He’s also said that, if he wins, he’ll give John Murray first shot at his belt.’

Burns v Mitchell is live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) this Saturday night. Join at: www.boxnation.com

Kevin Mitchell excited about Ricky Burns fight

Mitchell promises to turn on the style against Burns in eagerly-awaited Battle of Britain

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16:16 GMT, 2 July 2012

Kevin Mitchell thanked Ricky Burns for giving him a tilt as his world title – then promised to blow him away when the pair meet in Glasgow.

Burns' WBO lightweight belt will be on the line on September 22 at the SECC in a showdown that has been brewing for months.

The ‘Battle of Britain’ promises to be one of the fights of the year and offers 27-year-old Mitchell a chance at redemption after his devastating defeat to Michael Katsidis in 2010 – his last shot at a world title.

Battle of Britain: Ricky Burns (left) will face Kevin Mitchell in September

Battle of Britain: Ricky Burns (left) will face Kevin Mitchell in September

Burns, 29, defeated the Australian last November and was last seen outpointing dangerous Namibian Paulus Moses.

He will have home advantage again later this year but Mitchell insists he is more than happy to travel north.

‘Ricky’s given me the chance and I’m ready for it,’ he told Sportsmail. ‘It’s a fight I’ve wanted for a while and I’m excited.

‘This is for what I want, the world title. Then I want to defend it and make big money. I’ve wanted this fight for eight months and now he’s signed.

‘Upton Park means pressure for me. The last time I was there I had 25,000 people watching me including film stars, singers and football stars.

‘In Scotland, not that many people will know me and it’ll be nice not having the spotlight on me.’

Raring to go: Burns and Mitchell will meet in Glasgow in September

Raring to go: Burns and Mitchell will meet in Glasgow in September

Mitchell’s problems outside the ring have been well documented but the Dagenham fighter insists he is back on track.

‘Of course I'm in the right frame of mind, I wouldn't have been begging for this fight for the last eight months if I wasn't,’ he said.

‘Since the Katsidis fight I've never looked back. Everything is perfect now.

‘I was always confident I would get another shot at a world title. I knew I had the skills and the power, I just had to get in the right place and knuckle down.

‘I train every day and have my kids four days a week. They keep me calm and out of trouble.’

Burns, who hails from Coatbridge, recently returned from getting married to long-term partner Amanda in Mexico and is looking forward to getting back to work.

Champion: Burns defended his WBO title against Paulus Moses in March

Champion: Burns defended his WBO title against Paulus Moses in March

‘This was the fight I always wanted,’ he admitted. ‘Even when Kevin was British champion at super featherweight; it fell through at that weight but here we are now.

‘I’m just glad I’ve got a date to focus on. Although I’ve been in the gym ticking over, the hard work starts now. The next three months are going to be torture.

‘This is a big, big fight. Both me and Kevin will give it our all so it’s going to be a cracker.’

Burns, who will continue to work in a sports shop in his hometown until the week before the fight, is prepared to put his friendship with Mitchell on the backburner until the final bell rings.

‘Come fight night once we step into the ring the friendship is over, this is business time,’ he said.

Bayern Munich skipper Phillip Lahm puzzled at John Terry"s sending off at Barcelona

I would never act like Terry – I do everything for my team, says Bayern Munich skipper Lahm

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21:30 GMT, 16 May 2012

Philipp Lahm can understand what John Terry will be going through in the Allianz Arena on Saturday but feels little sympathy for his opposite number.

As skipper of his home team Bayern Munich, the longing to wrap his hands round the Champions League trophy burns so fiercely he can imagine Terry’s pain. But he has bluntly told Chelsea’s captain he has only himself to blame for missing the final in Munich.

If Terry struggled to explain why he kneed Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez in the back to earn a red card at the Nou Camp, Lahm found it even harder to comprehend.

Unbelievable: Phillip Lahm was bemused by John Terry's sending off

Unbelievable: Phillip Lahm was bemused by John Terry's sending off

The thought of damaging his team’s prospects by leaving them one short with such a reckless act left the Germany full back shaking his head, as he said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. I was so surprised, not by the red card but what he did to earn it.

'Would I describe it as irresponsible Let’s just say I would never have done something like that. It simply wouldn’t have happened to me. Why Because as captain, I do everything for my team. That would have harmed them and I would not allow that to happen.

‘But that’s down to him. Our only focus is on winning and we are not too interested in who might be playing for Chelsea or who might not be.

‘I wouldn’t say it is an advantage for us that Chelsea will be without their captain. I think the players who are missing from both sides will even themselves out. We are missing players who have been key to us reaching the final, like Holger Badstuber, Luiz Gustavo and David Alaba, so we have suffered as well.’

Reckless: Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir gives Terry his marching orders at the Nou Camp

Reckless: Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir gives Terry his marching orders at the Nou Camp

For Lahm it is unthinkable that Bayern would lose the final on home turf.

‘Lose it in my house That would be awful for all of us, but me in particular,’ he said.

‘I’m from Munich. I was born here in this town. As well as a Bayern player, I am a supporter and I know what it means to everyone connected with the club.

‘I would have to think about locking myself away if it wasn’t for the fact that the national squad fly out to the European Championship straight after the final. Thank goodness for that. But I’m confident I wouldn’t have that problem, anyway. We are only thinking about winning.’

Preparation: Lahm says Bayern have learned much from their final defeat two years ago

Preparation: Lahm says Bayern have learned much from their final defeat two years ago

He added: ‘What happened two years ago, when we lost the final to Inter Milan, has had a big influence on the way we have prepared. A lot of players are still here and we all remember what we went through. A team grows through defeats and setbacks. We didn’t have the same belief then. Now we have a strong belief that this can be our year, our trophy.’