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Belfast Boy in confident mood ahead of Saturday's SSE Arena world title showdown

By Gareth Hanna

Ryan Burnett 'will' claim the IBF world bantamweight title at the SSE Arena on Saturday evening.

That's the 25 year-old Belfast Boy's confident claim as he puts the finishing touches to his preparations for his bout against reigning champion Lee Haskins.

"I'm home and on the cusp of the biggest night of my life. I'm very excited for it," he beamed at Thursday's press conference.

"I know that I can beat him. He's a great champion. He's only been beaten once in nine years. That speaks for itself and I'd be silly not to respect that but with that being said, this is my time. This is the time that Ryan Burnett becomes a champion and on Saturday night I will become world champion."

Burnett has won all 16 of his professional fights to date and he says he's kept his winning formula despite the increased significance of Saturday evening's fight.

"I haven't really thought about it that much," he said of his chance to become world champion. "I haven't let my head run away. I've looked at this as another fight - do what you have to do and enjoy it after.

"Not much has changed. I build myself for every fight the same - that's with everything being perfect. I've took this fight with the same attitude. Everything has to be perfect and it has been.

"I've paid my dues across the water, how's Belfast going to react to me coming back. Belfast has come out in force, ticket sales have gone through the roof. The support I have had from Belfast has been absolutely incredible."

Burnett admits he was "nervous" about returning to his home city from his base in England, although that feeling has been soothed by the "incredible" support he has received from Northern Irish boxing fans.

And he knows just what a hero he could become to those same supporters with a win on Saturday night.

"I've just been focusing on the things that I have to do but I do look forward to that side of life," he concluded with a smile.

Tickets for Ryan Burnett's fight against Lee Haskins are still available via Ticketmaster. The main fight is likely to begin around 10pm.

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