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Hatton backs Burnett to become Frampton-style superstar

Belfast was disappointed when Matchroom elected against coming to the capital of Irish boxing with the Sky cameras in April of this year.

British bantamweight champion Burnett was meant to headline a show with the likes of Tommy McCarthy, Luke Keeler and Jono Carroll all rumoured to feature. There was also talk of a mouth watering Spike O’Sullivan versus Eamonn O’Kane clash, before ‘King Kane’ hung up his gloves.

The show was postponed rather than cancelled,  mainly due to the fact Ricky Burns got the chance to become a three weight World champ in May, and Sky were not overly keen to crowd the late Spring early Summer schedule.

The talk is now of an Autumn homecoming for Burnett and his old mentor Ricky Hatton, who promotes a show in Dublin on June 25, believes it won’t be long before the the British champion, who is now trained by Adam Booth, is selling out Arena’s in the fight mad city.

“Ryan is massively massively talented. I said to him that time he was meant to fight on the Frampton bill in Belfast, but for a balls up with the medical which was heartbreaking for the poor kid, you are on the undercard here, but one day you will be selling these places out,”  Hatton told Irish-boxing.com when in Ireland to promote ‘The Future’ fight card.

“I do firmly believe that. He is a special talent and can go all the way.”


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