Eddie Hearn reveals phenomenal demand for Ryan Burnett tickets

Ryan Burnett‘s next fight is going to be his biggest yet.

The IBF bantamweight champion, in his first defence, looks to unify against WBA champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov at the SSE Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Saturday October 21st.

It is a return for Burnett to the venue where he won the title.

That night in June saw the Antrim Road fighter dominate Lee Haskins over twelve, dropping the champion twice and wrestling the red belt away from him.

The fight was Burnett’s first headline appearance and was something of a homecoming for the 25 year old who had been built in England rather than in his native Belfast.

As such, the Odyssey was configured with almost half the arena being closed off.

Tickets for that fight went well, with between 4,500 and 5,000 fans packing into the venue and creating a very good atmosphere.

This time round it will be even bigger though. The full 9,000-capacity configuration will be in operation and Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has confirmed today that, in just the five days since tickets were put on sale, there have been as many tickets sold as there was for the Haskins fight.

The Essex promoter had spoken at the opening press conference of his desire to sell out the venue, and that certainly looks to be on the cards if the current trend continues.

The fighters on the bill themselves have received overwhelming demand. Coalisland super feather Feargal McCrory had 130 ticket orders inside a day, while Tyrone McKenna has already almost exhausted his entire initial allocation for his clash with Tommy Coyle.

Tickets are still available for the card, but aren’t available to last.

You can buy tickets from the fighters involved, contact them via social media.

Ryan Burnett (via Feídhlím Francis, Ryan Burnett Facebook Page) – North Belfast
James Tennyson – Poleglass, Belfast
Paul Hyland Jr – Lagmore, Belfast
Tyrone McKenna – Lenadoon, Belfast
Feargal McCrory – Coalisland, Tyrone
Jay Byrne – Loughlinstown, Dublin
Stephen Ormond – Clondalkin, Dublin

Alternatively, you can buy tickets via the venue HERE

Tickets cost £30, £40, £60, £100, £150 (VIP).

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