Ryan Burnett has been confirmed as one of the fighters to take part in the second season of the World Boxing Super Series.
The WBA Super World Bantamweight title holder will take part in the series alongside WBO king Zolani Tete and exciting new IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez, who lifted the belt once held by Burnett at the weekend. The draw for the quarter-finals is due to take place in July and the first bouts are scheduled to be fought in September.
"I have always wanted to be a world champion and to unify the titles against the best," he said. "The WBSS allows mke to continue my dream against the other champions."
Season two will include three weight divisions. One of the other classes is expected to be confirmed as light welterweight, which will feature WBA champ Kiryl Relikh, WBA mandatory and former IBF champ Eduard Troyanovsky, Regis Prograis, and upcoming IBF vacant title contestants Anthony Yigit and Ivan Baranchyk.
Burnett won the WBA belt when he beat Zhanat Zhakiyanov in Belfast back in October and went on to successfully defend his title against Yonfrez Parejo in March on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker clash.
He had previously held the IBF World title but vacated vacated that belt in order to take on Vanezuelan Parejo in Cardiff.
“The IBF called an interim title bout between (Emmanuel) Rodriguez and (Lee) Haskins so we proceeded to make the fight with our WBA mandatory Parejo,” explained promoter Eddie Hearn.