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Ryan Burnett looking forward to 'massive' Belfast boxing nights

Belfast's newly crowned world champion has vowed to bring more big boxing nights to his home city.

New IBF Bantamweight king Ryan Burnett saw off Lee Haskins to take the belt at Belfast's SSE Arena earlier this month. Now he wants to defend that crown on his own patch.

“I know that staying World champion is tougher than becoming World champion – and that’s the challenge that I’m looking forward to,” said Burnett. “There’s some great fights out there and I’ve already beaten a top World champion in Lee so I feel ready to take on all comers.

“I’ll move at the pace that Adam Booth and Eddie Hearn decide is right and take on anyone that they put in my path. Winning the title on my home patch was a dream come true and we can have some massive nights in Belfast now.”

Burnett met the Lord Mayor at Belfast City Hall on Monday. Now the 25 year old is aiming to return to his hometown for a first defence early in the new season.

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