Ricky Burns will return home to Scotland for a fight at Glasgow's Braehead Arena on March 10. No opponent has been named, but Burns will be defending the interim WBO lightweight title he won on November 5 with his defeat of Michael Katsidis in London.
"I couldn't have ended this year any better than by beating one of the best in the division in Michael Katsidis," said Burns via release from Frank Warren Promotions.
"I proved people wrong when I beat the favorite Roman Martinez to win the world super featherweight title and I proved people wrong again by going up a weight to take on and beat Katsidis. I belong with the best in the division and next year I hope that I can take on one of the other title holders and unify the belts.
"I'll have a rest over Christmas and then I'm back hard in training in January getting ready for the March 10 date at the Braehead Arena to defend my title."
Burns (33-2, 9 KO) will likely face something of a soft challenge on this date, as it's a home fight where he doesn't need a name opponent to draw fans, and he comes back yet again as something of a conquering hero, having knocked off the well-known Katsidis, who had gone an emphatic 2-0 in the UK prior to losing to Burns.
The 28-year-old Scot is also waiting to see what will happen with the full WBO lightweight title, currently held by an in-limbo Juan Manuel Marquez.