Burnett wants undisputed World bantamweight crown after unification victory
Ryan Burnett's sights will now turn to cleaning up the World bantamweight division after he unified the WBA and IBF titles by beating Zhanat Zhakiyanov in Belfast.
The Belfast Boy saw off his opponent via a unanimous decision from the judges after 12 gruelling rounds. Now promoter Eddie Hearn says attention will move to claiming the rest of the belts in the bantamweight division.
"We want to come back here in February and March and try and pick up the other belts in the division," said Eddie Hearn on Sky Sports.
"You've got some great champions. You've got also Jamie McDonell (WBA Bantamweight title holder) fighting Liborio Solis in a couple of weeks, Paul Butler's watching this at home, you've got (Zolani) Tete (WBO title holder) as well. Great champion. (Ryan) wants to pick them all up. He deserves a lot of credit.
"I think he has built a fortress here in Belfast. He's done remarkably well. Adam Booth deserves an enormous amount of credit because the game-plan was outstanding."
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Burnett, meanwhile, revealed the fight didn't exactly go along with his game-plan but said he has 'proved a point' after adding this defence to his summer victory over Lee Haskins.
"It was a tough, tough fight for me. I had to dig deep and I did it. Thank-you everyone," he said on Sky Sports.
"The plan was to try to box him, keep it at range but he's that strong, he kept coming forward and I had to adapt to his game. I had to be cute. The shots he was throwing, I had to block and make sure they weren't getting through. Thank-you God it worked and I'm champ now.
"I boxed Haskins, who's one of the trickiest people in the division. Now I've boxed the hardest hitter in the division and I thank God that I've proved a point."
Belfast Telegraph Digital