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BURNS WANTS BEST OF BRITISH WITH MITCHELL; BOXING.

RICKY BURNS has targeted Kevin Mitchell for a summertime all-British battle - and he wants it to be in Scotland.

The interim WBO lightweight champion will face Namibia's Paulus Moses at the Braehead Arena on March 10.

Burns, from Coatbridge, is hoping fight fans pack out the venue on the outskirts of Glasgow to encourage promoter Frank Warren to bring Essex boy Mitchell north of the border for what would be a classic Scotland versus England encounter.

EYEING COMFORTS: Ricky Mitchell's only defeat in 33 fights to date was to Michael Katsidis at Upton Park, London, in May 2010, whom Burns beat at Wembley in November last year to take the title from the Australian.

Burns, 28, speaking at the Braehead Arena, said: "Obviously I have to get past Paulus Moses first or that (Mitchell) fight is not going to happen.

"I know Kevin is fighting in February and as long as the two of us come through then we can sit down and talk about it.

"Both of us are promoted by Frank Warren so it is an easy fight for us to make.

"I would say the two of us are the best lightweights in Britain just now so it is a fight that I would really want.

HOME "When I beat Michael Katsidis he (Mitchell) was saying he would love the chance to fight me.

"They are talking about the venue being down in London or up here.

"I was on the same bill when Michael Katsidis beat him down at West Ham's football ground.

"I know that was the venue that was mentioned if I was to fight him in the summer.But for now, I need to concentrate on my next fight."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Jan 20, 2012
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