World champion boxer Ricky Burns has said it would be a dream come true to one day defend his world title at Glasgow's stunning new Commonwealth Arena.
The current WBO lightweight champion, who trains in the shadows of the Commonwealth Arena, at Morrison's Gym in Dalmarnock, was speaking after being given his first look around the venue ahead of Saturday's title defence with Paulus Moses.
A world-class programme of events will be held in the venue when it opens to the public in October this year. In the opening four-month period it will host international events in athletics, gymnastics, badminton, netball and track cycling and Burns is hoping to add boxing to that list.
He said: "It is amazing and I’d love to fight here. It’s a smashing venue to hold a boxing show. Every time I drive past it I can see it progressing. I know that long after the Commonwealth Games is finished, the Arena will still be up and running. It’s great for Glasgow to have such an impressive venue which people in the city and surrounding areas can use.
“I’ve fought in some good arenas before. I boxed in West Ham’s Upton Park and I fought Michael Katsidis at the Wembley Arena but the way the Commonwealth Arena is shaping up, it could top the lot.”
Burns was given a tour of the iconic venue, which will host the badminton and track cycling events at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, by the chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond.
Councillor Redmond said: "Over the coming years some of the world's top athletes and sports stars will compete at the Commonwealth Arena and we would love to see Ricky in action there. He has a real connection with the East End, he trains locally and has a big following in the area, so it would be the perfect venue for a world title fight."