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Ryan Burnett moves into million dollar class with World Boxing Super Series spot


Ryan Burnett

Ryan Burnett is in line to pocket at least a million dollars when he fights in the second season of the lucrative World Boxing Super Series, beginning later this year.

The inaugural season boasted a $50m (£37m) purse, with the overall winner rumoured to pocket around $8m (£5.9m).

Belfast boxer Burnett (25) will be expected to be in there fighting for the big purse but even an unlikely first round defeat would net him a million. 

That first spot will be WBA Super World Bantamweight champion Burnett’s goal, although he’ll have to negotiate three big fights to take the crown.

Eight fighters will enter the knock-out bantamweight class, with WBO king Zolani Tete and new IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez already confirmed.

“I have always wanted to be a world champion and to unify the titles against the best,” said Burnett. “The Super Series allows me to continue my dream against the other champions.”

The draw for the quarter-finals is expected to take place in July with the bouts scheduled to begin in September.

The premise of the competition is to bring together the reigning World champions from the four organisations that run professional boxing, as well as four other ranked boxers and put them together in a ‘champion of champions’ tournament.

Each boxer’s World titles are put on the line and also up for grabs in the final is the Muhammad Ali Trophy, an accolade that the WBSS describes as the “greatest prize in boxing”.

Season two will include three weight divisions, boosting the two divisions of season one.

The inaugral WBSS kicked off in September 2017 and comes to a head soon. The two finals are George Groves v Callum Smith for the Super Middleweight trophy and Oleksandr Usyk v Vsmurat Gassiev at Cruiserweight.

Belfast Telegraph