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Burnett targets to fight on GGG-Brook undercard

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On September 10th Lee Haskins and Stuart Hall will fight for the belt which Ryan Burnett is targetting.

The English duo will clash for the IBF bantamweight title, currently held by Bristol’s Haskins, on the undercard of the massive pay-per-view clash between unified middleweight king Gennady Golovkin and IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook at the O2 Arena in London.

Haskins, a former ‘interim’ champion, was elevated to champion following his abandoned title clash with ‘champion in recess’ Randy Caballero, who had spent the previous year out of the ring due to a bone transplant, last November when the American weighed-in 5lbs overweight.

In the first defence of his belt Haskins defeated Ivan Morales, brother of Erik, at the Cardiff Ice Arena on a Cyclone Promotions show.

Hall is a former holder of the IBF strap, defeating Vusi Malinga in 2013 before losing to Paul Butler. Hall then had a failed title challenge for the same belt against Caballero.

The two have met in a professional ring before, contesting for the European title in 2012, with Haskins emerging victorious on points.

Matchroom head-honcho Eddie Hearn has earmarked Belfast’s Ryan Burnett as a potential future opponent for the winner in a Belfast showdown next Spring.

Hearn has described the September 10th bout as “a real 50-50 clash and with the domestic 118lbs scene really hotting up, it’s a must win for both fighters.”

Alongside Golovkin-Brook, Hall-Haskins is the third World title fight on the card which also features MGM’s Charlie Edwards taking on champion Johnriel Casimero for the IBF flyweight title.

It would not be surprising to see Burnett also added to the card. Hearn has already stated the the 24 year old will fight on a date to-be-confirmed in September, and fighting on the same card as Hall and Haskins would appear logical.

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