Ricky Burns to take on Paulus Moses on 10 March

By Phil GoodladBBC Scotland
Paulus Moses (right) will take on Ricky Burns at the Braehead Arena
Moses (right) has only been stopped once in 29 fights

Ricky Burns will make the first defence of his WBO interim lightweight title against Paulus Moses on 10 March.

The 33-year-old Namibian won the WBA title two years ago in Japan but lost it after one successful defence.

Moses, known as 'The Hitman', has only been stopped once in 29 fights and has won 19 bouts by knockout.

The fight has been moved back to Braehead Arena because of television commitments after promoters had announced a switch to the Kelvin Hall.

"This is going to be a tough fight," said Burns. "I'll treat it the same way I always do, by giving 110%.

"I need to get by Paulus first to get to the fights that are out there for me.

"I'm looking forward to fighting in Glasgow again after a couple of fights away from home."

Burns' manager Alex Morrison believes Moses will provide a "stiff test" for his charge.

"He's a bit of a knockout specialist," Morrison told BBC Scotland.

"And you don't go to Japan and a win a world title without having something about you."

Burns became WBO super-featherweight champion after a thrilling win over Rocky Martinez in 2010.

After three defences of the title, 'The Rickster' moved up to lightweight and beat Michael Katsidis at Wembley last November to become the WBO's interim lightweight champion.

If, as expected, Juan Manuel Marquez vacates his WBO title at the same weight, Burns could enter the ring against Moses as the full champion.