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Determined Ryan Burnett wants to sparkle just like Carl Frampton

By David Kelly

Published 17/02/2016

Fired up: Ryan Burnett aims to impress the fans when he fights on Carl Frampton’s undercard in Manchester
Fired up: Ryan Burnett aims to impress the fans when he fights on Carl Frampton’s undercard in Manchester

Ryan Burnett has seen the promised land and wants to stake his claim to be the next eye-catching resident.

The 23-year-old has already appeared on the undercard of an atmospheric Carl Frampton Odyssey show and watched as the Jackal captured the imagination of the country on his way to world title glory and two successful defences.

Now as Frampton prepares to meet bitter rival Scott Quigg on Saturday week at the Manchester Arena, Burnett is eagerly awaiting the chance to show off his blossoming talent on the supporting bill.

Unbeaten Burnett will face Frenchman Anthony Settoul for the vacant WBC international bantamweight title on an undercard which also features fellow Northern Ireland men Marc McCullough, Luke Wilton and Conrad Cummings.

Allied to his first international belt is the carrot of headlining his own show at the Odyssey on April 30, which promoter Eddie Hearn has pencilled in for the reigning British bantamweight champion.

"The Belfast public really get behind their own and in Manchester I want to start making a bit of a name for myself. There's going to be thousands of fans from here in the arena and I want them to start recognising me," said Burnett, who is coached and managed by the highly experienced Adam Booth.

"I think the atmosphere is going to be amazing, electrifying and it's a huge opportunity for me. I think the fans will like my style, I'm exciting and explosive and this fight and the stage is the perfect stepping stone for me.

"I'd love to have big nights like Carl is having... I know the level I am at in the gym and I want to go and show that in the ring. This is the fight for me to make a statement, it's going to showcase what I've got."

Burnett lifted the British title in November when he outpointed veteran Jason Booth. It was not the explosive performance that fight fans expected but the confident Belfast man insists the experience will be of great value in the years ahead.

Working with Booth over the past 12 months, having initially turned professional with former world champion Ricky Hatton, Burnett believes he has developed greatly and relishes the fact that promoter Hearn has laid out a five-fight plan to take him to the cusp of a world title shot.

"Against Booth I boxed to orders, I did what Adam told me to do. If I had put the foot down I could have stopped him because I don't think I got out of second gear in that fight," added Burnett.

"Adam is the perfect man for me to be with for my career. He has so much knowledge, I'm learning every single day and I'm having the best of the best sparring - I've got the perfect team around me because I know that Eddie Hearn can open doors and I want this so bad.

"I've been working with the two McDonnell brothers, Jamie and Gavin - one is a world champion and the other a European champion and fighting in a world title eliminator on this bill. That's the level I'm working at and comfortable with it."

As for Frenchman Settoul, who is clearly a step up in class for Burnett, the Belfast man added: "I don't look at anyone, I just focus on me.

"As a fighter I'm tweaking everything, making little changes here and there, more and more to make me a complete fighter.

"Every day you are working on that boxing knowledge to make you a better fighter."

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