Irish fighter Ryan Burnett has come out with ‘no to sectaranism’ statement after ‘controversy’ surrounding the flag used on his World Boxing Super Seres posters.
In promotional photos to officially confirm the date and venue of his anticipated Word Boxing Super series fight with four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire, the reigning WBA bantamweight world champ was accompanied by a British flag.
The pictures caused very minor debate online but, following numerous other instances over the past year, Burnett felt the need to address the issue.
The fighter, who hails from the nationalist Newington part of North Belfast, was keen to stress that he puts more value in people rather and how they treat him than he does flags.
Speaking online, the 26-year-old, who could be just three wins away from being deemed the greatest Irish fighter of all time said that he has “been getting controversy over the post that WBSS out up, plus it’s been going on a while anyway.
“It had the Great British flag behind me for the photo. To me this means nothing! I treat everyone as an equal, we are all the same no matter what religion you may choose to be. Treat me well and I’ll treat you even better regardless of your background that’s who I am.
So I ask everyone, treat me how I treat you, not for what you think my background is.”