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Watch: Coach reveals what sets Ryan Burnett apart ahead of world title fight

By Gareth Hanna

Ryan Burnett's coach says that Belfast will '100%' crown a new world champion on Saturday evening - and revealed just what the fighter has that makes him special.

The Belfast Boy Ryan Burnett is fighting the current champion Lee Haskins for the world IBF bantamweight belt and coach Adam Booth reckons the timing is just about perfect.

"He's ready," said the coach, with his infectious smile. "I could bore you with all the detail but he's ready and I'm as content as I can be that he's ticked every box and done everything he's supposed to do. He is totally focused, totally disciplined and so determined. All we have to think about now is the fight."

So Booth has the right time and he's also sure he has the right man as he explained just what Burnett possesses that makes him an ideal candidate to become a world champion.

Booth said Burnett is a "very clever, very quick, very strong and very ferocious young man.

"My biggest challenge has been to control the fire that he's got inside him. He's got more determination burning inside him than everyone I've ever trained but he's also incredibly clever and skilful. Sometimes the fire can override the poetic beauty of what he can technically. He needs both in this fight and both at the right times. That's what we've been practicing."

Booth should know just about everything about his fighter. The pair have been living together to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit for a world title.

"We're competitive," said Booth. "If you're involved in professional, competitive sport, you've got to have a competitive nature. We thrive on competition and challenges and Saturday is Ryan's ultimate one to date."

Not only is Saturday a home-coming for Burnett, it's also a privilege for his coach to journey to Belfast.

"I love the venue, love the city," said Booth. "My step-father's Irish. He's the one that got me interested in boxing so I know the fighting energy and the fighting pride that Irish people have. To be here as a coach and a manager with the home boy, fighting for a world title with all the ingredients, I'm really grateful and excited for that."

So, in short, will Belfast see a new world champion this weekend?

"I wouldn't be here if I didn't think that was 100% the case," laughed Booth.

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