'World-class' Ryan Burnett gains famous fan David Haye with points win over Ryan Farrag
Belfast man Ryan Burnett has been hailed as "world-class" by former heavyweight king David Haye.
Burnett retained his British bantamweight title on Saturday night in Liverpool's Echo Arena with a unanimous points decision over Scouser Ryan Farrag.
Haye was at ringside working for Sky television and was highly impressed with how Burnett went about his work against the former European champion.
"That looked like a world-class performer to me," said Haye. "The way he rolled the shots and brought the gym form into the ring. Perfect."
While Burnett largely controlled the action with his smart boxing, uncorking some solid body shots and uppercuts, he was nevertheless happy to stand and trade at close quarters.
While there were some good exchanges in the first half of the fight, with Burnett largely getting the better of the action, from the sixth round onwards the 24-year-old British champion was in full control.
"This was a perfect fight for me, because Farrag was hard as nails," said Burnett.
"I'm happy with that performance. After the way I've boxed in my last few fights I needed to prove that I can fight. I stood in there and had a scrap.
"I needed something where people sat and watched and said 'I want to see that kid again'. He wouldn't go away. I needed someone to test me, to hurt me and that's what I got."
In the main event, Tony Bellew retained his WBC World cruiserweight title with a third round stoppage of the outclassed American BJ Flores and then turned his attention to a showdown with Haye at heavyweight.
While Haye ponders that suggestion, it now seems that IBF World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is heading for a showdown with Wladimir Klitschko on December 10 in London.
"Terms are virtually there," said Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn.