Ryan Burnett sent a warning to the super bantamweight division tonight with a classy win over Anthony Settoul
The bout with the Frenchman was for the WBC International title (and a World ranking) and Burnett took the opportunity with both gloves, scoring a wide points win over the former EU champ.
The 23 year old Belfast man didn’t have it all his own way though and ate a fair few jabs in a cagey first round.
Burnett took over in round two, scoring an eye-catching overhand right before hurting Settoul in the third.
The Frenchman lay hurt against the ropes for a period but battled back admirably.
The forth was one-way traffic with the Irishman forcing Settoul back with a succession of powerful one-twos.
This simple combination proved especially successful in the fifth round and a huge overhand right saw Settoul crumple heavily to the canvas.
The game Frenchman did well to survive the remainder of the fifth and sixth rounds, showing good endurance and nous to shell-up while the Belfast hotshot teed off on him.
The seventh, perhaps a rest round for Burnett, saw Settoul battle his way back – but the Adam Booth-trained fighter regained control in the eight and ninth, showing good skills but having difficulty penetrating the defences of Settoul.
The tenth and final round saw a big finish by Burnett, unloading on Settoul and hurting the Frenchman badly with numerous flurries but the bell came just in time for the exhausted Gaul.
The judges scorecards confirmed the dominant win, giving Burnett the nod with scores of 100-89 x2 and 100-90
The wins sees the British champion move to 13(9)-0, while Settoul drops to 21(8)-5(2). Burnett ill now be hoping to step up his chase for World honours in the near future, starting with a homecoming date in Belfast in the coming months.