Ricky Burns retained his interim WBO lightweight title today in Glasgow, outpointing a rather passionless Paulus Moses over 12 rounds, and thoroughly outboxing him with relative ease. Burns won on scores of 119-110, 120-110, and 117-111. Bad Left Hook had it 119-109 for Burns.
Burns (34-2, 9 KO) cements his status as one of the five or so best lightweights in the world (arguably top three if you're not counting Juan Manuel Marquez or Brandon Rios anymore), but it would be difficult to discuss this fight without noting at least some disappointment over the performance of Moses (28-2, 19 KO), who simply didn't look much like he was there to win it.
Burns outclassed him without question, and Moses is no bum of an opponent or anything, but outside of landing a good single shot here and there, the Namibian challenger did very little, and his effort just seemed to be lacking.
Burns, 28, will likely line up a fight next with Frank Warren stablemate Kevin Mitchell (33-1, 24 KO), and it's a fight that has drawn a lot of speculative interest in the United Kingdom. Mitchell is coming off of a "get some rounds" win over Felix Lora on February 10, which was meant to freshen him up for a potential summer bout with Burns.
If that fight does come to fruition, it's a hell of a good matchup. Mitchell is a better pure boxer than the guys Burns has been beating lately, and seems rejuvenated. He would appear to have the deeper overall skillset, but Ricky is simply one of the smartest, most clever operators out there right now. He finds ways to win while frustrating opponents and making it all look easier than it probably is. I'm not saying he's Floyd Mayweather or anything, but then who is?
Burns keeps his roll going, and hopefully heads into a big clash next. He's proven he's no fluke, but can he go much higher?