Ryan Burnett v Anthony Settoul: Rising star Burnett set to shine on big stage
Ryan Burnett is relishing the opportunity of making a big statement at the Manchester Arena tonight when he clashes with Frenchman Anthony Settoul on the undercard of Frampton-Quigg.
The Belfast man is aiming to add the WBC international belt to his British bantamweight title but, even more importantly, show many fans why he is being talked about as potentially the next star to emerge from Northern Ireland.
Settoul is no world-beater but he is nevertheless a step up in class for Burnett, who could seal himself a headline act at the Odyssey Arena on April 30 if he impresses Sky with a truly eye-catching performance.
"We want to see Ryan put on a top performance, it's a great stage for him," says promoter Eddie Hearn and his young starlet agrees.
Burnett is being guided by top coach Adam Booth, who is confident about the Belfast man progressing to the top of the sport.
Last time out Burnett cautiously boxed his way to a 12-round points victory over veteran Jason Booth to land the British title, having boxed to orders but he is eager to deliver a much more swashbuckling display this evening.
"I know this is a fight that is going to showcase what I've really got," said Burnett.
"I know the level I am at in the gym and I want to show that. It's an amazing show to be on and a chance to show so many fans from back home what I've got.
"I think my style is very exciting and very explosive. The last time you didn't see that because I boxed to orders because Adam wanted me to get the experience of 12 rounds. I didn't get out of second gear."
Burnett should move through the gears and bring about a stoppage by the midway point and then hopefully move on for a date at the Odyssey on April 30.