New British title opponent for Ryan Burnett

Ryan Burnett [14(9)-0] may get the chance to defend his British title before he moves on to World level.

The Belfast bantamweight was ordered to face the Frank Warren-promoted former World Champion Paul Butler, but the Liverpudlian has withdrawn from purse bids for a fight that always seemed highly unlikely.

In his place another Scouser has been installed, in the form of recent European champion Ryan Farrag [15(4)-2(1)], and the pair have been ordered to fight by the end of the year.

The 28 year old is also promoted by Warren, but career-stage and level on the Queensbury pecking-order would suggest that the MGM-managed fighter could easily fight Burnett on an upcoming Matchroom card. The chances of Burnett appearing on a Warren card however seem slim.

Last time out Farrag lost his EBU 118lbs title to Frenchman Karim Guerfi, another mentioned potential Burnett foe. A bout with the Gaul is unlikely due to Burnett being currently ineligible for the European title as he continues to hold the WBO European bauble.

Burnett was technically excellent last time out against awkward Mexican Cesar Ramirez, however both promoter Eddie Hearn and trainer Adam Booth predicted much greater performances from the 24 year old once he is matched against a more dangerous opponent. Farrag would certainly provide this challenge.

Purse bids for Burnett-Farrag are due by Wednesday, 14th September 2016.

Joe O'Neill

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