This afternoon starting at 3 p.m. EST on BoxNation in the United Kingdom, lightweight standout and interim WBO titleholder Ricky Burns looks to continue his run of recent success against former titleholder Paulus Moses of Namibia. Bad Left Hook will be here with live, round-by-round coverage of the full card.
Burns (33-2, 9 KO) hasn't lost a fight since 2007, and has broken out over the last couple of years as a top super featherweight and now a contender at lightweight. In September 2010, Burns upset Roman "Rocky" Martinez in Glasgow at Kelvin Hall, winning the WBO belt at 130 pounds, and followed that with cupcake defenses against Andreas Evensen, Joseph Laryea, and a version of Nicky Cook that had no business in the ring. But just as his hype was dwindling a bit, with criticism of his opposition, Burns moved up to 135 pounds and defeated longtime contender Michael Katsidis last November.
Moses (28-1, 19 KO) is a big underdog on the sportsbooks, but could be a dangerous challenger today. In 2009 he won the WBA lightweight title on the road in Japan, defeating Yusuke Kobori by decision, and successfully defended it at home in Namibia against another Japanese fighter, Takahiro Shimada, before dropping the belt in a knockout loss against Miguel Acosta.
He's won three straight since then, and while the opposition was marginal, it was no worse than the Evensen-Laryea-Cook stretch that Burns ran through, and both of Burns' biggest wins (Martinez and Katsidis) were against highly-flawed fighters who could be and were outboxed. The going just might not be so easy for Burns today in his return to Scotland.
In the featured undercard bout, former British featherweight champ Paul Appleby (17-3, 11 KO) returns to face Stephen Ormond (11-0, 5 KO) in a 10-round super featherweight bout.