Scottish boxer Ricky Burns says he is looking forward to fighting on home soil in his WBO lightweight title defence against Paulus Moses.
The Coatbridge fighter faces the Namibian at a packed Braehead Arena on Saturday night after his last two bouts took place in London and Liverpool respectively.
The 28-year-old has been overwhelmed by the demand for tickets for the fight and hopes to give his supporters plenty to cheer about.
Burns, who defeated Michael Katsidis to claim the interim WBO title before being confirmed as full champion in January, has been thrilled with how preparations have gone ahead of the clash.
Although a possible showdown with Londoner Kevin Mitchell has been mentioned in the summer, Burns vowed to ensure his full attention was on this weekend’s fight.
He said: “My last couple of fights have been away from home, so the response and support I’ve been getting from everybody in Scotland has been unbelievable. And I do think as long as I win the next time we fight in Glasgow then we’re going to have to move to a bigger venue.
“The demand for tickets has been unbelievable but I just need to concentrate on Saturday. I need to go out there and put in a performance and then obviously we can start looking at the bigger fights that have been getting mentioned.
“The last ten weeks of training have been excellent and I couldn’t be in better shape. I’m just looking forward to getting in and getting on with the job now.”
Asked where he saw himself in relation to Scottish boxing legends, the part-time sports shop worker said: “Honestly when I say I don’t see myself that way, I really don’t.
“I just see myself as a normal person. Boxing is my job and that’s the way I always see it.”