FORMER world champion Ricky Burns has admitted an all-Scots bout with Josh Taylor is now “inevitable” following Taylor’s super-lightweight stoppage of Ohara Davies at Braehead on Saturday night.

The Glasgow 2014 gold medallist made light work of the previously unbeaten Londoner and then immediately called out Burns who was sitting ringside covering the fight for television.

The Coatbridge man, who lost his WBA belt in a unification bout with Julius Indongo in April, also has his eyes on a potential match-up with Anthony Crolla but admitted the prospect of an all-Scottish tear-up with Taylor would be hugely appealing to local fight fans.

Burns said: “I’m fighting in October but nothing is set in stone. If Taylor wants to fight me then make me an offer. He shouted ‘you’re next!’ after his win but I just say, speak to my team and we’ll take it from there.

“But I think a fight with Josh is inevitable, it’s definitely going to happen at some point. It would draw a huge crowd in Scotland, that’s for sure.”

Burns, though, admitted taking on Crolla, another former world champion, also appealed. He added: “If I was offered the Crolla fight I would jump at it. It would be a massive British fight. It started to kick around on social media and Anthony got on board and said he’d be up for it. I think it would be a great fight for the fans with two of the best boxers in Britain.”

Taylor, though, wants the next crack at Burns and hoped it would take place at an iconic Scottish venue.

He said: “I’d love to fight Ricky,” enthused Taylor. “When this fight with Davies was getting talked about Ricky said he wouldn’t entertain a fight with me as I’d need to get through his team-mate first. Well, I’ve fought him now and blown him away.

“I respect Ricky as a person and a fighter. He’s done great for boxing and he’s a nice guy but I think the time has come for me to fight him. It would be a massive fight for Scotland and I think the Scottish fans deserve that.

“I’d love to fight him at Edinburgh Castle, the SSE Hydro, Hampden or even Easter Road – anywhere outside probably would be great. The castle, though, would be a real iconic setting. You don’t know with the weather here. But it would be a sell-out anywhere.”