Ricky Burns made a successful first defence of his WBO lightweight title with a comfortable points success against Namibian Paulus Moses.
Scotsman Burns was a heavy betting favourite going into the fight, however Moses’ knockout record urged caution as the new champion brought his new belt out in front of a capacity crowd at the Braehead Arena.
Yet, anyone concerned that the home favourite was destined to slip to a damaging defeat found their fears unfounded as the often slow-starting Burns sprung out of the blocks and never looked like letting his superiority slip.
Four sessions were already in the champion’s kit bag before Moses, a former WBA belt holder at ths weight, found his feet with a succession of powerful shots to the body.
Burns responded with enough work to secure the middle rounds, however it became obvious very swiftly that the former super-featherweight king would be made to endure a full 12 rounds- his fast hands and telepathic footwork not enough to ever raise the possibility of a stoppage.
At the bell, the pair embraced warmly- Moses’ corner knowing that they would be flying out of Glasgow with no extra luggage in their possession.
A raucous Braehead Arena saluted scores of 120-110, 119-110 and 117-111 and a potential banana skin overcome. Promoter Frank Warren refused to be drawn on the next potential foe for the Coatbridge fighter but with Kevin Mitchell starting to knock on the champion’s door with increased urgency, a summer match up between the pair looks a safe bet.
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