Ryan Burnett will be looking to take another step toward topping massive bills on the undercard of an ‘as big as it gets’ clash for another Belfast little man on Saturday night.
The British bantamweight champion faces Anthony Settoul for the vacant WBC International title on the under card of Carl Framptons World title fight with Scott Quigg.
It’s a great opportunity for the 23 year old Adam Booth-trained fighter to impress a massive audience from his home town, as well as win fans from further afield, before he returns to Belfast to top his own April 30th bill – and he is eager to impress.
“I want to put on a good performance and get another win and title under my belt. We have big plans for 2016 and it is up to me to deliver on the night,” he said.
Last time out Burnett claimed British honours with victory over veteran Jason Booth, but after dropping the former European champ in round one there were some who felt he should have registered an early finish.
The rising talent has admitted his natural instinct was to go for the kill, but he followed strict orders and banked what could prove 12 beneficial rounds further down the road.
“It was time for me to go the 12 rounds and I now have that in the bank for the future.
“I had him down early but my trainer Adam Booth told me to get the rounds in – so I did what he told me to do.”
Burnett will be out of the ring in time to take in the main event and he believes his fellow Belfast fighter and a puncher he has sparred with will edge the fight.
“I see the start of the fight being a chess match and then to liven up in the middle rounds. I have watched Carl and Scott for a long time and I know loads about the two of them and I just think Carl’s boxing ability will edge him the fight.
“But you cannot take anything away from either of them because they are both world champions,” he added,