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Burns, Moses Expect a Real Battle at Braehead Arena

Ricky Burns will not be put under undue pressure by the sell-out crowd who will pack the Braehead Arena tonight for his defence of his WBO lightweight championship against Paulus Moses.

The venue on the outskirts of Glasgow will house 6,000 fight fans paying good money

to see the 28-year-old Coatbridge champion make the first defence of his title.

At the weigh-in in a Glasgow hotel yesterday Burns tipped the scales at 9st, 8lb, 8oz, while Moses came in at 9st, 7lb, 2oz

However, while glad of the support, Burns will not allow it to burden him too heavily with expectations.

"Everybody likes the home support but I try not to look at it like that because it puts that added pressure on you.

"The way I see it, I am just going out there to do a job.

"I just want to get in there. All the hard work is done, my preparation has been good and I am sure the fans will see a good fight."

Promoter Frank Warren claims Burns is on his way to becoming a Scottish boxing legend.

However, Burns admits feeling unease at such predictions and accolades.

"I don't see it like that at all," he said. "When people start making a fuss I get embarrassed with it all because I am genuinely just doing my job.

"Boxing is all I ever wanted to do. It is good to get the recognition but I like to keep myself to myself."

Perhaps surprisingly, given what is at stake on the night, neither fighter has seen the other in action.

"I have never seen him fight and I haven't watched him on DVD either," Moses told Press Association Sport.

"We will see each other in action on Saturday.

"I don't look at my opponent, that is my coach's job. I just train to win.

"The preparation has been good and now we are looking forward to the fight.

"If you look at my records, all of my opponents have been tough.

"Every opponent is tough to me. Ricky is a world champion so he will be tough.

"But everything is good. I have trained to win - I don't train to lose."

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