by Daryn MacRae
Ricky Burns believes a raucous Glasgow crowd can spook opponent Julius Indongo, and spur the Coatbridge star to victory.
WBA champion Burns is set to put his belt on the line against undefeated Indongo, who brings his IBF title to the super-lightweight unification clash.
Namabian knockout artist Indongo shocked the boxing fraternity with a first-round stoppage of Russian Russian Eduard Troyanovsky in December.
But he has never fought in the UK, and Burns hopes the deafening din of the Hydro proves a rude awakening for Indongo in his first defence.
34-year-old Burns said: “We are expecting the place to be nice and noisy and we’ll see how my opponent deals with walking out in front of that Glasgow crowd.
“We have prepared for a hard 12 rounds so we know it is going to be difficult and we think he is going to be awkward in the start of the fight, but I’ve always said a fight’s a fight.”
Burns also has to deal with the added issue of limited footage of the African champion,
Burns said: “The footage we can get of him, it’s obviously only of him knocking boys out.
“But Tony has been picking things up from him that we are going to take advantage of and we’ll see how he likes it when we get into the deep waters of the second half of the fight when I am sticking it on him.
“It’s going to be a good night. Preparation has gone well.”
He added: “I’ve always been in it for the big fights. I can’t look beyond this one but the names that have been mentioned, if that does’t give me more incentive, nothing is.
“It’s the first unification fight in Scotland and these have been talked about throughout my career, at super-featherweight and lightweight and now we are just a few days away. I can’t wait to get in there.”