Since joining the Matchroom stable Burnett has won the British bantamweight title, but his fights have yet to catch fire, with three comfortable points wins over Jason Booth, Anthony Settoul, and Cesar Ramirez, seemingly achieved in second gear.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has repeatedly spoken of the Belfast man’s need for an explosive, attention-grabbing, win, and Burnett looks to have the opportunity to claim such a victory this weekend.
On Saturday in Liverpool, Burnett faces local lad Ryan Farrag [16(4)-2(1)] and he thinks that the Echo Arena-hosted bout will bring the best out of him.
Burnett admitted that he has been frustrated by his performances under the Matchroom banner so far. The 24 year old cited negative opponents as the reason for his reserved displays, explaining that “if you’ve seen my previous fights you’d have seen that I didn’t really get going. It’s hard to get going when fighters know that they can’t beat me so they go into their shell and are happy to survive.”
“They just hide behind their guard, they’re not throwing much shots, and their not coming forward as much.”
“I have not been able to show exactly what I am, simply because my opponents are going into their shell and they’re not giving me anything to work with.”
The North Belfast man sees former European champion Farrag as a different kind of foe, and reasoned that “he’s got a point to prove, and he’s going to have that bite. I think he’s gonna come forward, and he’s going to throw shots, and he’s not going to rest all night. I think that’s exactly what I need. I need that. I think it’s going to bring the best out of me
“With Farrag I think he is going to present me with more to work with and it will work in my favour.”
Watch Ryan Burnett’s interview with IFL TV in full below:
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