Ricky Burns Eager For a Kevin Mitchell Brawl in Scotland
The interim WBO lightweight champion will face Namibia’s Paulus Moses at the Braehead Arena on March 10.
Burns, from Coatbridge, is hoping fight fans pack out the venue on the outskirts of Glasgow to encourage promoter Frank Warren to bring Essex boy Mitchell north of the border for what would be a classic Scotland versus England encounter.
Mitchell’s only defeat in 33 fights to date was to Michael Katsidis at Upton Park, London, in May 2010, whom Burns beat at Wembley in November last year to take the title from the Australian.
Burns, 28, speaking at the Braehead Arena, said: “Obviously I have to get past Paulus Moses first or that (Mitchell) fight is not going to happen.
“I know Kevin is fighting in February and as long as the two of us come through then we can sit down and talk about it.
“Both of us are promoted by Frank Warren so it is an easy fight for us to make.
“I would say the two of us are the best lightweights in Britain just now so it is a fight that I would really want.
“When I beat Michael Katsidis he (Mitchell) was saying he would love the chance to fight me.
“They are talking about the venue being down in London or up here.
“I was on the same bill when Michael Katsidis beat him down at West Ham’s football ground.
“I know that was the venue that was mentioned if I was to fight him in the summer.
“I would prefer it to be up here.
“Hopefully we can show them that we can get Braehead sold out and get the fans behind me.
“But for now, I just need to concentrate on my next fight.”
Burns will enjoy one last week of regular living before the hard work starts – albeit it will not be quite as difficult to make the weight now that he has moved up to the nine stone nine pounds division.
“The hard dieting will start next week,” he said.
“At the moment I have a wee bit of leeway and if I want something I can have it.
“But I start pushing it seven weeks before the fight.
“I started training just after the New Year so we are in full training, two and three times a day.
“But the countdown is on to the weigh-in and then it’s time to get on with the job.
“No matter what weight you have to make it is always hard.
“But again, making nine stone nine is a lot easier than having to boil down to nine stone four.
“I am much happier now that I have moved up a weight.”
Burns will not watch any DVDs of Moses, preferring to let the challenger worry about him.
“I can only go with his record which makes him dangerous,” he said.
“One loss in 29 fights and 19 knockouts, that shows he is a big puncher.
“But I have always said whatever happens on the night is going to happen.
“I can adapt to people’s styles so I’m sure when I get in the ring, I will know what to do to win.
“If I get the chance to knock him out I will do it.”
Burns, though, will be informed by trainer Billy Nelson as to what to expect on the night.
“I have been studying DVDs every night and Moses is a very good fighter,” said Nelson.
“He has a different style to Katsidis but world class fighters have the ability to adapt to different styles.
“I expect Ricky to stop this guy.
“Once that fight is done, there is the blockbuster with Kevin Mitchell and then he will get it as well.”