Hot prospect Ryan Burnett’s professional career is hanging in the balance even before he has landed a punch in the paid ranks following a failed brain scan.
The Olympic Youth champion, who many believed would go on to compete for Ireland at the 2016 Games in Rio, was snapped up on a professional contract earlier this year by former world champion turned manager and promoter Ricky Hatton.
Despite being left stunned when the news came back that he failed a routine scan — leaving his professional debut hopes on ice —the 19-year-old believes the matter will be resolved, allowing him to pursue his career as a professional.
Belfast teenager Burnett said: “I went for a brain scan and I failed it, so ever since then we’ve been trying to sort out a few things. It’s looking really good at the minute though and the Hattons are taking care of it so I’m not worrying.
“We had the date, everything was set. I was in the gym, I was getting fit, everyone was excited about my debut and once I was told the fight was off I was absolutely gutted. Words can’t explain how I was feeling at the time.
“I’m not too sure what the problem is as the problem they said I had seems to be different now but, as I said, the team in Manchester are working on it so hopefully it’s going to be sorted soon enough.”
Hatton has described flyweight Burnett, who boxed for the Holy Family club, as one of the best prospects he had seen in years and was making plans to bring him to Belfast.
“From the moment I saw him I could see that he was a special kid. You just know it when you see someone like that,” said Hatton.