Originally Posted by craney91
Is Ricky Burns World Class at Super Feather? (he beat Martinez at SF)
I'd say yes. That was his old weight, he beat Martinez in 2010 was it?
Is Ricky Burns World Class at Lightweight? The weight he is at AT THE MOMENT?
I'd say no, until he fights a top 3 in the division. At the moment, still domestic level currently, soon to test himself at the level. Broner, Vasquez, De Marco are the fighters.
It doesn't work like that. Either he is a world level fighter or he isn't. You can say before RJJ moved to heavy that he was too small, you wouldn't say before the Ruiz fight "He is a domestic level fighter", you would say "He's world class, but he hasn't proven he can handle being at this higher weight".
Burns is PROVEN to be above domestic level as a fighter and no he doesn't need to be one of the best three in the division to show that. He should be trying to do that, but beating a former World Champion at the weight already shows that he is operating around world level for this division. He could lose to all three of the big names you mentioned and still be above domestic level but not elite of the division level. The two things are mutually exclusive.
Sadly he is instead in an absolute joke fight.