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Farrag: “I’m looking forward to getting in there and beating a top Matchroom fighter”

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Ryan Farrag [15(4)-2(1)] is delighted to have the opportunity to win a major title so soon after losing his European bamtamweight belt – and he is planning a major shock.

The Liverpudlian challenges for Ryan Butnett’s British title on October 15th on home turf at the Echo Arena.

28 year old Farrag is confident about causing an upset against the unbeaten Irishman on the Tony Bellew-BJ Flores undercard and propelling himself back to the top of the domestic scene.

The MGM fighter readily admits that he is a big outsider for the bout which will be shown live on Sky Sports. Farrag, 11/2 with some bookmakers, told BoxingScene.com that “people will say that Burnett is the favourite in the fight, and so he should be because he’s unbeaten and not made any mistakes up to now since turning pro, but I look at this fight as one that can open doors for me.”

“I’m looking forward to getting in there and beating a top Matchroom fighter, who has fast hands and is slick, which is something I’ve got to look out for in the fight.”

“I’m fully confident that I have what it takes to beat Ryan Burnett and win that British title.”

Farrag lost his EBU title at the same venue back in June, being knocked out in the third round by Frenchman Karim Guerfi but is happy to be back in big fights so soon. The Englishman, who will have a quick warm-up against Elvis Guillen [9(6)-23(7)-4] in Manchester tonight, explained that “I couldn’t have asked for a better fight [v Burnett] really.”

“It’s where I want to be and a win will take me some way to getting back to the level I was before.”

“If I beat Burnett then I’m back to where I was before and I’ve got a Lonsdale belt around my waist in the process.”

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