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Burnett aiming to sparkle at Odyssey

By David Kelly

Hot prospect Ryan Burnett will return to the ring on April 4 as part of the supporting bill to unbeaten star Carl Frampton at the Odyssey Arena.

Burnett, managed by former World champion Ricky Hatton, was left bitterly disappointed when he had to pull out of this week's show in Dublin promoted by Gary Hyde, but is now turning his attention to the Odyssey.

The 21-year-old, who damaged his right wrist in sparring, is hoping that April 4 will start his drive towards being in title contention by the end of 2014.

Burnett said: "I was really gutted when I had to pull out of the Dublin show because I was in great shape and really looking forward to getting another win.

"But I have had some physio and by the time of the Odyssey show I'll be ready to go.

"I really enjoyed boxing on Carl's bill the last time in the Odyssey, the atmosphere was great and I thought I handled it quite well.

"I'll probably have a six rounder but the way I'm feeling I'd gladly move up to eight rounders right now. By the end of the year, I would hope to be knocking on the door of a title fight."

Belfast man Burnett knows he still has plenty to learn as a professional – on the back of a fine amateur career, which saw him win Olympic Youth gold.

Burnett added: "I've been in the ring sparring with Ricky and that has been great. Ricky can see every mistake you make right away and I know I'm on a big learning curve. I have to slow down a bit and get more power into my punches but I'm very happy with how I'm developing."

The supporting bill for Frampton's WBC World super-bantamweight title eliminator is beginning to take shape with Belfast prospects Jamie Conlan and Marc McCullough confirmed along with Dubliner Stephen Ormond.

Meanwhile, all 10 men's Irish Elite finals will be broadcast live on TG4 on March 7.

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