Feb 8 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
FAIL to prepare, prepare to fail is the old adage.
But trainer Billy Nelson says no stone will be left unturned as he gets Ricky Burns ready for his first WBO lightweight title defence.
The 28-year-old takes on Namibia’s Paulus Moses at the Braehead Arena on Saturday, March 10.
Burns has been confirmed as the new lightweight title holder following Juan Manuel Marquez’s decision to relinquish the belt and concentrate on fights in the welterweight division.
The Coatbridge ring king knows a victory next month will set up a ‘Battle of Britain’ showdown with Kevin Mitchell.
And corner man Nelson has given an insight into the level of detail he will go into to make sure that mouthwatering contest becomes reality.
“I study every day,” he told Advertiser Sport. “I’m looking at DVDs every night and then again every morning before I go to work.
“When we were preparing for Ricky’s fight against Roman Martinez, I watched DVDs from the November to the following September.
“It’s not just a matter of turning up in the gym and doing the same thing all the time. You have to work on people’s weaknesses and your own strengths.
“We know what we would be getting with Kevin Mitchell – but we will beat Kevin Mitchell as Ricky is better in every department.”
On his initial impressions of Moses, he added: “Paulus has very fast hands but he is not as fast as Ricky.
“He has a good right hand but I think his defence is very suspect and we will be looking to exploit that to the limit.”
Nelson believes Burns is improving all the time and will take an unbeaten record stretching back five years into the ring on March 10.
“I think the wins Ricky has had will have given him a lot of confidence,” the highly rated trainer added. “He’s realised how good he is. He will never say that, because that’s the type of person he is, but I see it every day in the gym.
“It’s frightening what you see sometimes. People come and visit the gym and are in awe of what they see in the ring.”
Nelson was full of praise for Burns’ display against Michael Katsidis and revealed it was all down to his talent – and following orders.
“Ricky’s performance against Katsidis was great,” he said. “It was a very educated performance and he stuck to the gameplan from round one to round 12.
“If he hadn’t, he’d have been beaten as Katsidis is a world-class fighter and super strong.
“You must stick to the gameplan as a fighter. There is no point in devising a plan in the gym, following that plan and then doing your own thing.”
*TICKETS for the Burns’ fight with Moses are on sale now and available by calling 0844 499 1700.
Fans can also watch the Braehead Arena clash on BoxNation which airs on Sky Channel 456 and Virgin Channel 546.