Farrag heaps pressure on Burnett ahead of Liverpool clash

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Ryan Farrag believes all the pressure is on Ryan Burnett when the Belfast man comes to Liverpool to defend his British bantamweight title this Saturday.

Farrag may not be the Matchroom fighter, but the local lad will enjoy the majority of the support this weekend at the Echo Arena on the Tony Bellew-BJ Flores undercard

“All of the pressure is on Ryan [Burnett] because he is the champion,” he explained. “He is coming into my backyard and I will just be going in relaxed and going to enjoy it, whereas he is the one with the belt to lose.”

“It doesn’t matter where I am fighting and who the crowd is behind but I don’t know how Ryan is going to react to it. Maybe he will feel a bit of pressure and that might affect his boxing but at the end of the day there is only me and Ryan in the ring so I am the only person he has to worry about.”

Recent European champion Farrag is anticipating a cagey fight with the unbeaten 24 year old, but stressed that he has no problem engaging in a fire-fight, indeed he would prefer a close-quarters clash.

“I expect Ryan to be cagey but if he comes out and tries to fight, then I will be there I will meet him in the middle. I expect Ryan to be on his toes quite a lot and I’ll be looking to make the ring as small as possible.”

“I think this fight is a big step up for him. He is a good fighter, he has quick hands and I’m sure he will give me a few problems but it won’t be anything I haven’t dealt with before. I am 100 per cent confident and I will be excited to be in there with somebody with such a reputation because when you beat those fellas you get the rewards.”

Joe O'Neill

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