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Big Booth bout is on the horizion, but Burnett is focused on July 4

RYAN Burnett is under no illusions he ‘need to win’ when he returns to the National Stadium, the venue he light up as an under age amateur, on July 4.

The touted Belfast bantamweight prospect takes on  Csaba Kovacs a fighter he would be expected to beat- and on current form defeat impressively- but he is leaving no stone un-turned in preparation.

Win on July 4 and a big big British Title eliminator with Jason ‘Too Smooth’ Booth awaits and the former Junior Olympic gold medal winner, who has seven knock outs from nine wins, is determined to ensure he comes through the Jamie Conlan topped bill without problems.

“I am looking forward to fighting again at the National Stadium and a good crowd are going to come down and cheer me on, It will be a good night – but I need the win,” Burnett told the Belfast Newsletter.

The young prospect hasn’t studied his up coming foe, but claims if he carries out the instructions trainer Adam Booth lays out for him for the clash victory should be a given.

“I am fighting a guy called Csaba Kovacs on July 4 and know very little about him – but Adam will know everything because he always does his homework.

“I believe Adam is one of the best trainers in the world and he knows every trick in the book.”

Burnett has had stints training in Monaco and London this year, but was most recently in Belfast to get some sparring and believes it was good preparation for  a homecoming bout of sorts.

“I have been home sparring against Marc McCullough and Paul Hyland jnr and now I am heading back to London for more sparring before July 4. Things are going well and I am enjoying working under Adam. I was trained by Ricky Hatton before that and they both of them work you very hard,” he added.


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