Ryan Burnett romps to British title victory in Manchester

Trainer Adam Booth and Ryan Burnett
Trainer Adam Booth and Ryan Burnett

Ryan Burnett produced a mature and polished display on Saturday night to claim the British Bantamweight title in Manchester.

The Belfast fighter showed great maturity and quality to see off veteren Jason Booth on points.

Burnett was a clear winner on the night as the judges scored the contest 120-107, 120-107 and 120-107 in his favour.

Booth - who was down in the first round - announced his retirement following the bout and Burnett says getting his hands on a British title is a huge achievement.

“I am glad I got 12 rounds in against an experienced and tricky opponent.

“I am delighted to be British champion and it is great to get my hands on a Lonsdale belt.

“As for my next move, that is up to my trainer Adam Booth.

“It is all down to him. If he says ‘jump this high,’ I will jump that high. I will just wait and see what happens,” he added.

And Burnett says he hopes to be on the undercard for Carl Frampton’s World title showdown against Scott Quigg in Manchester on February 27.

“Most definitely. I would love to be on that show. I have had eight fights this year and it is time now to have a bit of a break.

“I have not been home in four months, so I am going home to see my family and my girl friend,” added the Belfast fighter.

And Burnett says doing 12 rounds with Booth will benefit him in the future when he makes his way up the rankings.

“I learnt in there to stay calm and keep on boxing, no matter what they are trying.

“And don’t lose the head, stay focused and I thought against Booth I did that.”

And Burnett says he knows he was getting to Booth during the fight - but he did not want to rush his work against the veteran figther.

“I hurt him a few times, but he gave nothing away. He knows how to protect himself, so I was glad to get the 12 rounds under my belt.

“I had him down in the first, but we had talked about this and if it happened, we knew Jason can take care of himself.

“So if I had rushed in there to blast him out, he knows hos to protect himself and he would have been looking for me to punch myself out.

“I just knew not to jump on him straight away and I knew I had to use my brain more than my heart.”

And Anthony Crolla insists he never gave up hope of capturing the WBA world lightweight title after a fifth-round knockout of Darleys Perez.

Less than 12 months on from sustaining a fractured skull and a broken ankle while attempting to foil a burglary, Crolla claimed a world title at the second attempt, after his first bout with Perez in June was controversially ruled a draw.

Crolla made sure the judges were not needed this time, however, as a stunning left to the body doubled up his Colombian opponent, who was counted out at the Manchester Arena to spark jubilant scenes.

An emotional Crollasaid : “Honestly, I always believed I would get back here and I made a promise when I was in my hospital bed that I would come back bigger and stronger and I believe that’s what I have done.

“You must never stop believing and you never give up.”