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Hearn: Ryan Burnett is very close to Belfast world title fight

Only an injury to one of the four bantamweight world champions prevented Ryan Burnett from returning to Belfast in a world title fight as early as next month.

Burnett’s promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that he had plans for the undefeated British champion to challenge for a World strap in February, before the unnamed World champion they had hoped to do a deal with got injured.

However, Burnett’s world title ambitions are only slightly delayed and not done with as it appears he is set for an April opportunity.

Speaking to IFL TV, the Matchroom boss outlined how he hopes to bring world title action and the Sky cameras to Belfast in the Spring – and just two months after Frank Warren runs a Boxnation broadcast show in the capital of Irish boxing.

“Ryan Burnett will probably box in February and then we are looking for a world title shot,” said Hearn.

“We are very close to a World title shot now. We would like to do that in Belfast. It was going to be February, but the guy we were going to a deal with got injured. So now we have to push it back to April.”

While the injured champion remains unnamed, it is believed that WBO titlist Marlon Tapales is the man in question.


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