WATCH: Ryan Burnett v Zhanat Zhakiyanov – FULL FIGHT

Ryan Burnett [18(9)-0] unified bantamweight world titles last night in Belfast.

The IBF champion defeated WBA titlist Zhanat Zhakiyanov after 12 gruelling rounds at the SSE Odyssey Arena.

A hard-fought bout, Burnett was able to cope with the physicality of the Kazakh and scored well with classy, sharp shots from the outside to take a unanimous decision win.

The engine of Zhakiyanov had been a worry – however it was Burnett who finished the stronger and rounded off a points win.

Watch Ryan Burnett v Zhanat Zhakiyanov in full below:


Joe O'Neill

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