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Ryan Burnett promising his best-ever performance versus perfectly-suited Parejo

The best ever Ryan Burnett [18(9)-0] will be on display when he defends his WBA bantamweight title on the massive Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker undercard this Saturday night.

The 25-year-old managed to unify World title in 2017 with wins over Lee Haskin and Zhanat Zhakiyanov. The two high profile victories in Belfast at the SSE Odyssey Arena earned the Adam Booth trained fighter massive respect and he expects an even more eye-catching display this coming weekend.

The Antrim Road man says he will relish fighting Venezuela’s Yonfrez Parejo in front of a huge crowd at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

In fact Burnett is confident he will produce a career-best performance live on Sky Sports Box Office against the mandatory challenger who was edged out on a split decision previously by Zhakiyanov.

“I’ve got a great gameplan,” he said. “His style suits my style perfectly.”

Irish fight fans were disappointed upon hearing the local favourite’s latest World title fight wasn’t going to play out at home, but few could begrudge him the chance to fight on a card topped by global superstar – of Irish and Nigerian heritage – Anthony Joshua.

Burnett’s title defence is one of the chief support contest to Joshua’s heavyweight unification bout against New Zealand’s Parker, will play out in front of a sold out 80,000 venue in Cardiff and will be broadcast around the world.

The London-based fighter will be third from the top, right before Joshua-Parker and the heavyweight clash between David Price and Alexander Povetkin.

It’s the perfect opportunity for a fighter Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed will likely compete in the next World Boxing Super Series installment, to showcase his talents to a massive audience.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to be on one before the main event,” he continued. £There is going to be 75,000 people in the stadium at that point.”

“I was at the Joshua v Carlos Takam fight and I experienced what it was like looking at 80,000 people.

“Now I am blessed to be part of this and I just can’t wait for it to happen now. All my preparations have gone perfectly and everything is bang on track.”


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie