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Burnett homing in on British title shot

By David Kelly

Published 12/06/2015

Title boost: Ryan Burnett has been lined up for a British bantamweight eliminator
Title boost: Ryan Burnett has been lined up for a British bantamweight eliminator

Exciting unbeaten prospect Ryan Burnett has been handed the chance to rubber stamp his British title credentials.

The British Boxing Board of Control have nominated Burnett for a British bantamweight title eliminator against former Lonsdale belt holder Jason Booth.

Veteran Booth is just the kind of opponent the Belfast man needs at this stage of his career. The fight is out to purse bids next month and the fight must happen by October.

Victory would elevate Burnett to the cusp of a shot at the title. Before that he returns to the ring on July 4 at the National Stadium in Dublin on the supporting bill to Jamie Conlan's WBO inter-continental super-flyweight title defence.

Burnett's coach Adam Booth is very confident that the former Olympic Youth gold medallist can smoothly move into championship class.

"Ryan's a very smart fighter, he recognised there were weaknesses that had to be worked on and when a fighter can see his weaknesses then you know you have a lot to work with," said Booth.

"And so far he has done everything that has been asked of him. He has worked with me for five fights, he has worked flat out for six months and already he has made improvements.

"The next big challenge for him is to go and spar some of the best bantamweights and super-bantamweights in the world, people like Scott Quigg... whoever I can get him to spar."

Booth took over guiding Burnett's career when the Belfast man moved on from being managed by Ricky Hatton.

"The first part of my plan with Ryan was to get him fighting reg­ularly, keep him independent from an exclusive promotional deal and then I will look to see who is the right promoter for him to go with."

Meanwhile, unbeaten super-featherweight Anthony Cacace returns to the ring in Budapest this weekend.

Cacace, who is another Belfast man with British title aspirations within the next 12 months, will face Hungarian Karoly Lakatos.

Hard-hitting Cacace has been based at Shane McGuigan's gym in London for the past seven months and is confident that he is developing into a real force at 9st 4lb.

Cacace will look to deliver another impressive performance in the Hungarian capital.

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