Friday 22 September 2017

Historic bout for Burnett

 

Burnett secured the IBF crown from Lee Haskins in impressive style in June. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Burnett secured the IBF crown from Lee Haskins in impressive style in June. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

Ireland's Ryan Burnett will face Zhanat Zhakiyanov, from Kazakhstan, in a historic unification clash for the IBF and WBA Super World Bantamweight titles at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Saturday, October 21, live on Sky Sports.

Burnett secured the IBF crown from Lee Haskins in impressive style in June at the SSE Arena and puts the title on the line in the first unification fight to be held in Northern Ireland.

The unbeaten Belfast talent faces a stiff examination if he's to land the WBA strap. The 30-year-old Kazakh, who is trained by British legend Ricky Hatton, defeated Rau'shee Warren in Ohio in February to claim the title.

"I'm very, very excited!" said Burnett. "This is the path I've always believed in and asked for - to be not just a World Champion, but a great World Champion and this is exactly the fight that propels me into that position

"I've done a lot of work with him in sparring, but back then I was a kid. I know what it's like to share a ring with him, but he doesn't know what it's like to share a ring with the current Ryan Burnett. I know a few things about him.

"The Belfast fans have really taken a shine to me, especially since my last fight. Everything has taken off and I'm just looking forward to getting back to the SSE Arena with a packed house behind me."

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