The World awaits for Belfast’s Ryan Burnett

Belfast bantamweight Ryan Burnett goes for the British title on Saturday against Jason Booth live on Sky Sports at the Manchester Arena – and could be going for much bigger titles in the near future.

The Adam Booth-trained 23 year old has been installed as #14 in the WBO World rankings following his WBO European title win last month. The organisation’s current champ is Thailand’s Pungluang Sor Singyu [51(35)-3(1)], and Burnett knows that, if he continues his meteoric rise, he will be challenging for the belt sooner rather than later.

Burnett [11(9)-0] recently signed with Matchroom Promotions and the 2010 Youth Olympic gold medalist will be looking to headline shows in his own right in Belfast.

WBO Bantamweight World Rankings

Champion: Pungluang Sor Singyu
1. Marlon Tapales
2. Shohei Omari
3. Rodrigo Guerrero
4. Ryo Matsumoto
5. Jetro Pabustan
6. Alexis Santiago
7. Emmanuel Rodriguez
8. Alejandro Hernandez
9. Felipe Orucuta
10. Yushi Tanaka
11. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai
12. Takahiro Yamamoto
13. Ernesto Saulong
14. Ryan Burnett
15. Klaas Mboyane

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