BOXING: Ryan Burnett to defend British title in Liverpool

Ryan Burnett
Ryan Burnett

Ryan Burnett will prove on Saturday night that he is ready to step-up to the world-scene at Bantamweight as he faces Ryan Farrag in Liverpool.

Burnett defends his British belt for the first time against Farrag - who is looking to bounce back from a European title defeat here in June - and the Belfast star believes this fight can be his breakout night as unlike his recent opponents, the Liverpool man will come out and fight.

“Farrag is definitely a step up for me but the point I’m at in my career, this is definitely what I need,” said Burnett.

“I’m going to his backyard and it’s definitely something I need to experience as a fighter - I’m more than happy to do these things.

“You’ve seen in my previous fights that the opponents are hard to get going. They aren’t going to beat me.

“They are afraid to throw shots and let their hands go. Farrag has a point to prove - he is going to come forward, not rest and he will be there all night.

“That is exactly what I need, it’s exactly what he will do and it will definitely bring out the best in me.

“There definitely is frustration in my last few opponents as I haven’t been able to show what I’m capable of.”

And Burnett says he is getting stronger with every training camp.

“I am learning every day in the gym. I am living over in England and I am in the gym every day with Adam Booth.

“It was good to fight a guy like that who was there to win and tried to give me some problems.

“A lot of people are saying I could be ready for a World title shot soon but I am not listening to it. I just turn up in the gym, train hard and listen to Adam.

“But one of my dreams is to go back to Belfast and have a massive crowd shouting my name in the Odyssey Arena. I have watched Carl Frampton do it and I have drawn so much inspiration from seeing him do it. I see the level he has got to and he has inspired me. I will just keep cracking on.”