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World title shot in the pipeline for Ryan Burnett

Eddie Hearn has won the purse bids to promote the IBF bantamweight World title fight between champion Lee Haskins and the Matchroom-promoted former champ Stuart Hall.

The scrap is expected to take place as chief support for either Kell Brook v Jessie Vargas, or the mooted Chris Eubank Jr v Gennady Golovkin match-up.

Whenever it plays out, one Irishman who will be a very interested onlooker is Ryan Burnett [13(9)-0].

The Belfast star is the current British bantamweight champion, and fights again in Leeds at the First Direct Arena on July 30th.

While Burnett is still only 24, Hearn has no problems admitting that the Irishman is near the top of the queue for a shot at the winner of Haskins-Hall, such is the Matchroom boss’s confidence in him.

Expect Burnett’s fight in Leeds next month to be for a minor IBF title as Matchroom look to position him for a shot at the belt in 2017.

The 2010 Youth Olympic gold medalist would be confident of beating either, it would be assumed that a Hall win would be preferable for Burnett. Haskins, who defended his belt in Cardiff against Ivan Morales last month, is linked to Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions.

While McGuigan and Hearn have shown with Frampton-Quigg that they can work together, relations are frosty and an arduous, protracted, protracted saga is less than desirable.

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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