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Ryan Burnett to have Belfast British title fight

The British Boxing Board of Control have announced that Belfast bantamweight sensation, Ryan Burnett [10(8)-0], will fight for the vacant British title in his home city on October 31st. Jason Booth [38(15)-13(3)] will man the opposition corner for the 22 year old Youth Olympic gold medalist.

37 year old Booth had initially been announced as the opponent in a title eliminator before the opposition was changed to Commonwealth champion Jason Cunningham – however the Doncaster man has elected to drop down to super flyweight to take on Kal Yafai for the British title, thus returning the slot to Booth and upgrading the fight to a title clash.

‘2 Smooth’ Booth will be a step-up in class for Burnett, although the Belfast prospect will be confident of making a statement on Hallowe’en night. In his 51-fight career, the Nottingham boxer has held British and Commonwealth belts, as well as challenging for the IBF super bantamweight world title (now held by Carl Frampton) in 2010.

A venue for the clash has yet to be confirmed, with the Waterfront Hall, the Ulster Hall, and the Devenish all looking like possibilities.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie