Top of the Class – Hearn reveals trainer Booth’s big opinion on Ryan Burnett

Adam Booth has remained predictably poker-faced ahead of Ryan Burnett’s IBF bantamweight world title fight with Lee Haskins.

The Belfast fighter’s trainer has refused to make a prediction ahead of this Saturday’s eagerly anticipated bout, hasn’t made any statements of grandeur, or attempted to hype the World title challenger in any way.

Indeed, the coach, who also looks after Andy Lee, has been keeping all things Ryan Burnett under wraps since the pair joined up. So much so that he is said to have had the talent on a leash in recent fights.

However, the 25 year old Belfast boxer’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, reveals that despite the guarded public approach, Booth is a massive fan of Burnett talent.

The pair obviously have a close personal connection, with Burnett living over in London and repeatedly showering Booth with praise.

The North Belfast man regularly jokes how he thought he “knew” boxing until he began working with Booth – and the hardworking Ulsterman appears to have been listening

According to Hearn, not only is he a highly-rated talent, Burnett is the best Booth has ever worked with.

Some praise considering ‘The Dark Lord’ has guided a portion of the career’s of David Haye, George Groves, and Lee.

“Adam believes Ryan Burnett is the most talented fighter he has worked with and he has levels we have never seen yet,” Hearn told today.

While Burnett has scored some big wins with good performances, albeit below World level, Hearn urged that Burnett will need to proved the existence of these unseen talent pools if he is to bring a world title and regular big time boxing back to Belfast.

“We have seen good performances,” the English promoter admitted. “Ryan Farrag and fights like that, but you won’t beat Lee Haskins on that performance.”

“Lee Haskins has a look in his eye that tells me he really fancies this.”

The Burnett-Haskins undercard features an Irish cruiserweight title fight between Luke Watkins and Ian Tims, Feargal McCrory v Paul Holt, James Tennyson v Ryan Doyle, Paul Hyland Jr v Adam Dingsdale and appearances from Padraig McCrory, Paddy Gallagher, Sean Magee, and Tyrone McCullagh, as well as the return of Mike Perez.

Tickets for ‘Belfast Boy’ on June 10th at the SSE Odyssey Arena cost £30, £40, £60, £100, and £150 (VIP), and can be bought HERE.

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