Burns set for homecoming defence

13 01 2012

Ricky Burns will be “looking forward” to fighting on home soil when he takes on Paulus Moses on March 10.

Burns set for Glasgow return

The Scotsmen will defend his WBO interim lightweight title for the first time when he takes on Moses, who has lost just once in 29 fights, at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow.

Burns will be glad to be back on home soil, with his last two fights taking place outside Scotland.

“This is going to be a tough fight,” said Burns. “I’m looking forward to fighting in Glasgow again after a couple of fights away from home.”

Don’t let the fact you’ve probably never heard of Paulus Moses mislead you, this has the potential to be a very tough fight for Burns.

Moses, nicknamed ‘The Hitman’, is a former WBA lightweight champion and has won 19 fights via knockout, with his only loss coming against Miguel Acosta.

It’s a good test for Burns. There were talks with Hatton Promotions about a potential domestic dust up with Anthony Crolla but promoter Frank Warren was unable to reach an agreement on finances.

But Burns shouldn’t look past Moses though, who’s proven at this level and he can bang as well.

I’m expecting Burns will want to put on a bit of a show and possibly make a statement by knocking Moses out but he’ll have to be aware of Moses’ power. He’ll need that same mentality he took into his last fight against Michael Katsidis.

I think Burns will box smart for the first round or two and once he’s figured Moses out; he’ll up the pressure and go for the knockout

If Burns wins here, and impressively, it could set him up for another world title shot.

But before Burns takes a run at one of the world champions, I’d like to see him fight Kevin Mitchell. An on-song Kevin Mitchell is a match for anyone at lightweight (I don’t consider Juan Manuel Marquez a lightweight anymore before anyone suggests him).

A fight between Burns and Mitchell has all the ingredients to make a fantastic domestic scrap.


Mitchell-Murray back on

20 04 2011

Mitchell-Murray confirmedThe long awaited showdown between Kevin Mitchell and fellow Brit John Murray will finally take place this summer.

Mitchell had turned down a clash with the unbeaten Murray earlier this year, but has now done a U-turn and is ready to face his rival.

Mitchell said: “Murray’s done well but he hasn’t faced me yet and, if he had, we wouldn’t keep hearing about his unbeaten record, I was 31-0 too with more stoppages than him, until I lost out in my 32nd fight which he will too.”

Mitchell will be looking to prove to his fans that he is ‘back’ and that his brutal stoppage defeat to Michael Katsidis was a one off, while Murray will look to extend the current longest unbeaten run in British boxing.

Murray, who has long been avoided by boxers both domestically and internationally, will finally get the chance to showcase his talent on a big stage. The question for Murray is can he step up to the challenge and prove to everyone that he can fight at a higher level.

The question for Mitchell though is much bigger. Can the Dagenham born boxer come back from that crushing defeat, which sent him spiralling into depression? Does he have that ‘fire in the belly’ to establish himself amongst the best Britain has to offer? Or, if he were to lose, sink back into depression and stay away from the sport?

Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure; it’s sure to be one hell of a fight for British fans.

Khan must deliver

16 04 2011

Khan-McCloskey: Who will win?

Amir Khan takes on Paul McCloskey in a defence of his WBA light-welterweight crown tonight (Saturday 16 May) at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

Khan has come under criticism from some quarters for taking this fight on but with Khan wanting to fight around this time of the year, was there really another viable opponent?

Those expecting him to fight Juan Manuel Marquez or Bredis Prescott are quite deluded. Marquez, despite his age, is still a class above Khan, while Bredis Prescott was no more than a flash in the pan who was school by Kevin Mitchell last year.

We all know it’s a stay busy fight for Khan who should win before going on to face American Timothy Bradley this summer in a unification bout, that is assuming everything goes to plan for the Bolton-born boxer who has had to deal with the fight being withdrawn from Sky Sports and moved to Primetime cable network.

So Khan’s will need to display the mental toughness he showed following his defeat to Prescott and in those few rounds when rocked against Maidana.

The last time Khan was expected to walk over an opponent like this was when he faced his darkest hour – as he suffered a KO at the hands of Bredis Prescott. Now I’m not saying McCloskey will do this to Khan as Khan has become a better fight under the guidance of renowned coach Freddie Roach.

But McCloskey is a tricky opponent who is undefeated and he’s coming over here with a real desire to win. He’s not just here to make up the numbers. He can punch and be very awkward at times with the way he throws his punches.

Some people forget that McCloskey is a champion in his own right and he has every chance of causing an upset. He is the total underdog and has nothing to lose but everything to gain.

Sweet Science UK prediction

If Khan starts quick, which he tends to, and McCloskey has his mind elsewhere this could all be over within 4 rounds.

However if McCloskey can weather the storm in the first few rounds then he has a punchers chance. McCloskey’s best bet is to draw Khan into a toe to toe battle because McCloskey can punch and Khan’s chin is still questionable despite his performance against Maidana.

But I think Khan will have too much hand speed and power for McCloskey and I believe Khan will come into this fight with a real desire to put a show on for his homecoming fight.

I can see Khan winning via KO inside 7.

See below for HBO’s Max Kellerman’s prediction.

Don’t forget to tune into Primetime from 8pm to watch the fight.

Murray extends unbeaten run

3 04 2011
John Murray

John Murray: Continues winning run

John Murray made it 31 wins and no losses following his unanimous points win over Karim El Ouazghari to hold onto his European lightweight title.

Murray looked ring rusty and struggled to get into any sort of rhythm, despite winning the early rounds.

Ouazghari caused plenty of problems for Murray but faded late on where Murray showed his true class and dominated. Both fighters were deducted a point late on, the challenger for an attempted head-butt and Murray for punching to the back of the head.

Murray will now be hoping to get a fight with fellow Brit – Kevin Mitchell. Mitchell hasn’t been in action since being dismantled by Michael Katsidis.

Promoter Frank Warren tried to make the fight early this year but couldn’t agree terms, but now Mitchell has changed his mind and is looking to get the fight on.

This would be a great all English clash which would really whet the appetite for British boxing fans. Both fighters could do with this fight which would be a great launch pad for their careers.

Hopefully the fight can get made as it could be a fantastic war between the two; a real old-fashioned tear-up but if Mitchell is focussed I can see him winning a close points decision.