9th March 2012

Ricky Burns WBO Lightweight Champion – By Al Stevenson
Ricky Burns is on the cusp of bigger things in boxing!
The current WBO lightweight world champion from Coatbridge, is now ready and in a position, to face his fellow lightweight title holders in unification fights.
With a possible big-time UK defence against Kevin Mitchell on the horizon, there is the chance for the boy born in Bellshill, to now make a serious wage, from the game he has served so well since turning professional in 2001. 
So at this stage, Burns, 28, (33-2, 9KO’s) can ill afford any slip ups, if he is to realise his full potential.
The next hurdle he faces on his rise to becoming a ‘British sporting hero’ and modern superstar pugilist, is a tricky defence of his belt against former WBA world lightweight champion, Namibia’s Paulus Moses, 33, (28-1, 19KO’s) at a sell-out Braehead Arena this Saturday night.
Ricky
should be a British sporting hero.
He might not have got the
recognition he should have got, but a few more good performances and he
will be up there with famous Scottish boxers like Ken Buchanan.”
– Frank Warren.
For Burns it will be the first defence of the title he won when outpointing Michael Katsidis last November.
Burns outboxes Katsidis to win his title belt – By Al Stevenson
The win claimed the Scotsman the Interim title, but he has since been promoted to the WBO’s recognised holder, after Juan Manuel Marquez vacated. Burns admits he will be going in blind against former Moses after admitting he hasn’t watched any footage of his African challenger in the build up and says he will figure him out on the night in the ring.
I’m just going to stick to my game plan that I’ve worked out with Billy and beat this guy.” – Ricky Burns
“The first time I will have seen Moses in action is when we swap punches in the ring on the night,” said the champion. 

Interview with Ricky Burns


“I haven’t seen a thing on him, I don’t want to watch him at all, I’ve left it to my trainer Billy Nelson who has watched all his fights and figured out the strategy to beat him,” 
“I never like to watch my opponents before the fight so I just leave it to Billy, 
“A lot of it I will work-out when I’m in the ring with Moses. Some people will be shocked by this, but it works for me.
Mosses, nicknamed ‘The Hitman’ is a renowned big puncher and has KO’ed 10 of his 19 knockout victims inside the first three rounds. He won the WBA world title in 2009 against , Yusuke Kobori in Japan, before losing it in his second defence against Miguel Acosta the following year. Despite Mosses’ experience and KO credentials, the new improved Burns isn’t worried about the task ahead of him. 
“I’ve been in the ring with big punchers and beaten them, Roman Martinez and Michael Katsidis more recently,” explained Burns. 
“If I was worried about being hit I wouldn’t have taken up boxing, 
“I’m just going to stick to my game plan that I’ve worked out with Billy and beat this guy.” he added. 
Burns’ promoter Frank Warren, believes Burns is on his way to becoming a ‘British sporting hero.’ Warren believes Burns should already have hero status throughout the United Kingdom, but claims he will make another step towards that with victory against Moses. 
“Ricky should be a British sporting hero. He might not have got the recognition he should have got, but a few more good performances and he will be up there with famous Scottish boxers like Ken Buchanan.” said Warren. 
“It is sold out. You can’t do better than that and Ricky deserves that public support. I just wish we had a bigger arena. 
“Ricky’s homecoming is appreciated by the fans who recognise this is a good fight. 
“Ricky is a double world champion, he has worked hard at it and is going from strength to strength. But Paulus is not here to make up the numbers, Ricky will have to be at his best. 
“He is against a guy with a formidable record and who is well respected. Having said that, you have got to make Ricky favourite.” 

The fight will televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546). 

For fans attending the show, the card looks like this…

DOORS OPEN: 17:30 hrs

 
Fight 1 – 18:00 hrs
4 x 3 Minute Rounds Lightweight Contest
JORDAN McCRORY vs. YOUSEF AL HAMIDI

 
Fight 2
6 x 3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
GARY O’SULLIVAN vs. PAUL MORBY

 
Fight 3
4 x 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
DAMON JONES vs. LIAM GRIFFITHS

 
Fight 4
4 x 3 Minute Rounds Super-Bantamweight Contest
JONATHAN SLOWEY vs. JAMES ANCLIFFE

 
Fight 5
6 x 3 Minute Rounds Light-Middleweight Contest
JOHN THAIN vs. JOE LOVELL

 
Box Nation Broadcast Commences @ 19:30 hrs

 
Fight 6 – 20:10 hrs
6 x 3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Contest
STEPHEN SIMMONS vs. HASTINGS RASANI

 
Fight 7 – Follow On (20:40 hrs)
6 x 3 Minute Rounds Light-Heavyweight Contest
CALLUM JOHNSON vs. TBA

 
Fight 8 – Follow On (21:10 hrs)
THE VACANT CELTIC SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10 x 3 Minute Rounds at 9st 4lb (130lb)
PAUL APPLEBY vs. STEPHEN ORMOND

 
MAIN EVENT:

Fight 9 – Follow On Approx 22:00 hrs

THE WBO LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD 
12 x 3 Minute Rounds at 9st. 9lb (135lb)
RICKY BURNS vs. PAULUS MOSES 

Box Nation Broadcast Concludes @ 23:00 hrs

 
Fight 10 – Floater
4 x 3 Minute Rounds Light-Welterweight Contest
SAMMY HILL vs. MATT SEAWRIGHT

 
Fight 11 – Live Swing
6 x 3 Minute Rounds Lightweight Contest
KIRK GOODINGS vs. SID RAZAK 

*ALL TIMINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE*

Ricky Burns on Bunces Boxing Hour this week

THE WBO LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD
RICKY BURNS v PAULUS MOSES
SATURDAY 10th MARCH, 2012
BRAEHEAD ARENA, GLASGOW
LIVE ON BOXNATION (SKY CH. 456/VIRGIN CH. 546)

By Chris Maylett

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