Mar 21 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
RICKY BURNS says he’d love his world title summer showdown to be a homecoming in Airdrie.
The 28-year-old champion retained his WBO lightweight belt at the Braehead Arena on Saturday night with victory over Paulus Moses.
Burns clinched a unanimous decision on points over the Namibian in front of a raucous sell-out crowd.
Discussions will begin this week over who he will face next with Essex boy Kevin Mitchell lined up for a battle-of-Britain clash in August.
Burns, who was born and raised in the Kirkwood area of Coatbridge but now lives in Airdrie, would be desperate for the fight to be staged in the open air at New Broomfield.
It was hoped the stadium would play host to Burns last summer. A deal couldn’t be agreed but the idea looks set to be resurrected.
“We will sit down and have a chat about who is next,” Burns said. “It’s just nice to get another 12 rounds in the bank.
“There are a few names getting banded around but I’ve always said I’ll fight who is put in front of me.
“A fight in Airdrie in the summer is something we could definitely do. There was talk about it when I was at super-featherweight.
“I think it would be a big hit; it would be a dream come true for me and I think there’s every chance it would be a sell-out.”
Burns produced a dominant performance at the weekend to see off the challenge of Moses.
And the champ paid tribute to the 6000 fans who turned out to watch his first bout in Scotland since March last year.
“I’d like to thank everybody who came here for the fight,” Burns added. “The fans were brilliant and I hope they all enjoyed the show and had a good time.
“When I walked out of the changing-room you could hear all the fans singing.
“The atmosphere was fantastic.
“The fans in Scotland have shown that they will come out and support me.”
Meanwhile, Coatbridge & Chryston MSP Elaine Smith congratulated Burns following his comfortable win.
And the Holyrood politician believes his achievements are worthy of further attention.
“I am delighted that Ricky successfully defended his WBO light-weight title on Saturday night,” she said.
“He is proving himself to be a true star of whom we can be proud and his performances deserve greater recognition throughout the country.”
“A fight in Airdrie in the summer is something we could definitely do.”