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Haskins aims to celebrate with family pizza night


By David Kelly

Making the weight for the little men is always a grind and champion Lee Haskins admits he is already savouring a tasty way to toast victory over Ryan Burnett.

Haskins makes the third defence of his IBF World bantamweight title against Belfast man Burnett and appeared to be the most relaxed fighter in the room at yesterday's press conference.

"I can't wait for the weigh-in, I haven't filled up for six weeks, I'm constantly hungry," said Haskins, who will step on to the scales today at Belfast's Hilton Hotel.

"After the fight, you name it I'm eating it. Pizza is my favourite so I'm looking forward to that. I've told my wife that next week we're having a take-a-way every day and in the morning for breakfast we're eating out."

If Haskins is licking his lips at the thought of some junk food, he is also relishing the chance of turning back the challenge of the local favourite.

"The pressure is all on Ryan. I don't need to win a world tile, he needs the world title... I could see he's a bit nervous.

"How you start a fight can be very important and if you're very tense then that can really mess you up, it can wipe you out. I'm not sure how he's handling the pressure,

"But listen, I'm sure that he has trained very well. It's a 50-50 fight.

"I'm just very happy with where I am at the moment, I'm loving life and I just can't wait to get in there.

"This is not just a big night for Ryan but also for me. I'm top of the bill, it's a big show and I think it'll be a great fight."

Chris Sanigar, the experienced manager of Haskins, has no doubt the champion will come out on top.

Sanigar said: "Lee Haskins always says I'm like a dad to him which is probably right because he never does anything I say... we have a great team and the World title belt will be coming back to Bristol."

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