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.”