Burns will taste defeat tonight against Moses – Prediction
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (33-2, 9 KO’s) has finally met his match in former WBA lightweight champion Paulus Moses (28-1, 19 KO’s), who will be taking on the 28-year-old Burns tonight at the Braehead Arnea in Glasgow, Scotland.
Moses, 33, is the best fighter Burns has ever faced and is better than Burns in pretty every area you can think of. Moses is faster, taller with longer arms, and stronger than Burns. There’s really no category that I can pick for Burns as any kind of advantage in this fight other than being the home fighter.
With careful matchmaking, Burns has had a nice run in the past few years in winning the WBO super featherweight, defending it against less than dangerous opposition and then vacating the belt just when the talented Adrien Broner was on the verge of fighting him. Burns moved up to lightweight and now has the WBO strap after it was given to him outside of the ring shortly after beating Michael Katsidis by a 12 round decision to capture the interim WBO lightweight strap.
Burns will probably try and take the fight to Moses tonight the way he does against most of his opposition apart from his recent “win” over Katsidis. Trying to battle Moses will be a huge mistake for Burns because it’ll make things much easier for Moses to land his power shots. He does well against guys that try and pressure him because he’s able to fight without thinking and has a lot of opportunities to land his mammoth shots. My main probably with Moses’ game is that he gets caught up in trying to box his opponents sometimes and this really hurts his workrate. But if you put Moses in with a pressure fighter that likes to throw a ton of punches like Burns, then Moses does really well in those situations. He’ll thrive tonight and beat Burns in every part of the game. Burns won’t be able to jab from the outside because Moses has the better jab and the longer arms. He’ll force Burns to try and trade with him.