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Written by Jake Wallwork

Burns has his first world title defence at lightweight


This Saturday live and exclusive on BoxNation, Ricky Burns will make his first defence of his WBO lightweight world title. Unlike his first defence of his world title at super featherweight, Burns will take on a well respected opponent.

About Paulus Moses

He is an ex world champion. He won the WBA lightweight belt by beating Yusuke Kobori to a unanimous decision in 2009, in Japan. He had one successful defence of the belt, but in his second title defence he was stopped by Miguel Acosta. This is the only loss of his career so far.

Since losing for the first time Moses took a sixth month break, and then won once in the second half of 2010, and twice in 2011. His reward for these three victories is a world title shot, and if he loses, probably his last.

He is also a full time police officer.


My pick for this fight is a Burns decision win. Moses is a very credible opponent, but I highly doubt that Frank Warren will put Burns in the ring with someone who has a greater that 40% chance of beating him. If Burns gets beat then the plans for a big summer fight between him and Kevin Mitchell will be found torn in the shredder.

I think this fight was made to A) Give Burns a good name on his resume. B) Give him a slightly easy fight before a big one later in the year and C) Make him look good. Mitchell looked decent in his last outing so it is important that Burns looks just as good as he did when he beat Katsidis, to further hype up a big summer showdown.

After taking all that into consideration, Punchbag blog picks Ricky Burns to win a wide unanimous decision.

Could Burns be overlooking Moses?

This scenario happens a lot in boxing. One guy overlooks another guy for a fight which could happen further down the line. And when he gets in the ring he realises he should have paid more attention to the opponent in front of him, and the next thing he knows, he loses.

For me the only way Moses can win is if he gets overlooked. Straight after Burns beat Katsidis, people were asking him if he’s going to fight Kevin Mitchell and they continue to do so, he’s bound to think about stepping in the ring with Mitchell from time to time.

Having said that, Burns is a smart guy, he has a really good trainer in Billy Nelson, and I’m sure they will go into this fight 100% focussed on beating Paulus Moses.

Moses has a big right hand; if Burns isn’t fully focussed he could lose by knockout for the first time in his career.

The under-card 

The chief support will feature another Scot, Paul Appleby. Paul will be fighting unbeaten Stephen Ormond (who was scheduled to fight Kevin Mitchell earlier this year.) The fight is at super feather weight and is scheduled for 10 rounds.

Also on the under card are 9 unbeaten boxers; Callum Johnson, Stephen Simmons, Kirk Gooding’s, John Thain, Gary O’Sullivan, Jordan McCorry, Jon Slowey and Sammy Hill. And kicking the night off is Damon Jones, who will be making his pro debut at welterweight.

To sum up, I expect an entertaining night of boxing in Scotland, you have a good co main event and a really good main event to look forward to. I expect Burns to win and look good, and I expect Appleby to stop Ormond.

If all goes to plan, bring on Ricky Burns Vs Kevin Mitchell! What you think of this fight? Thanks for reading.