15th March 2012 

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Ricky Burns successfully defended his WBO World Lightweight Championship in front of a packed out Braehead Arena on Saturday night in front of his passionate Scottish fans in Glasgow. 

Burns controlled the fight behind his tight composed defence, and from the first bell to the last secured a routine unanimous decision. – The judges’ scorecards reflected this, scoring it 119-110, 120-110, 117-111 in favour of the Scotsman, who retained his belt in the first defence. 

Namibian challenger Paulus Moses deserves credit for his gung-ho approach, which saw him always carry a counter-punching threat. Burns, however, rarely looked troubled by his experienced opponent, and will now look to line up a massive summer bout with Kevin Mitchell, Gavin Rees or Anthony Crolla. 

For Burns, the understated control and calm he showed in going about his work demonstrated that he has the maturity required to be a World Champion. His win, another step on his path to becoming a British great, will see him look towards a greater challenge in the summer, likely to be Londoner Kevin Mitchell. 
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