Watch: I want to be King of the Jungle, says world champion boxer Ryan Burnett
Ryan Burnett has two big targets as he looks ahead: to remain as World champion and to claim a second sought-after crown.
The Belfast boxer says he's itching to get into the jungle on ITV's hit-show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Watching fellow boxing star Amir Khan in action Down Under has given Burnett a taste for it.
And now he's determined to prove he can become the King of the Jungle.
"I would love it," he smiled. "I think it's an amazing thing. I would love to go and eat camel ass and things like that. I think it's right up my street. I'd love to give it a go. I think I'd be able to smash any task they put in front of me. I could be King of the Jungle definitely."
While many didn't share his feelings, Burnett says he had sympathy of Amir Khan and the now infamous 'strawberry-gate' from this year's show:
"He did a few things that upset the public but we're all human and we all mess up from time to time. I think he was good in there."
So far in his career, Burnett has made a success of every challenge he has faced, most recently becoming a unified world champion when he beat Zhanat Zhakiyanov to add the WBA Super World Bantamweight title to his IBF belt.
"It's something that I've pushed myself towards and now I've done it," he said. "I think it will settle in after my career, I don't think I really udnerstand the magnitude of it right now.
"(Zhanat) is a very tough man and he was very game that night. That was his best performance. he was so built up for it and it brought the better fighter out in him, which I had to adapt to and adapt my style a bit. I did what I had to do and I got the victory.
"Becoming unified champion is something special. There aren't many out there that are capable of doing it so it's definitely my highlight of 2017."
As for when he's going to step into the ring to defend his own belts or even add another, he doesn't want to think about it until after the holidays.
"A lot of people are asking me when I'll be back out again but I told Eddie (Hearn - promoter) and Adam (Booth - coach) 'don't dare talk to be about boxing until the New Year' so I haven't heard a peep.
"I've been taking it easy. I've been told a mental rest is just as important. I'm keeping myself ticking over in the gym but I am enjoying myself too.
"I told Eddie and Adam that I'll fight anybody. As a promotional side of things, it's down to them to do it."
Belfast Telegraph Digital