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Haskins will show that this fight is man against boy, says Sanigar


By David Kelly

Manager Jamie Sanigar believes the depth of experience held by World champion Lee Haskins will ultimately be the difference against Ryan Burnett on June 10 at the SSE Arena.

Sanigar who, along with his dad Chris, also looks after IBF World featherweight champion Lee Selby, is in confident mood ahead of one of the top domestic dust-ups of 2017.

"We had a little chuckle when we saw the name of the show on the poster, 'Belfast Boy', and that is what this is - a man against a boy," said Sanigar.

"Lee Haskins is a two-time British, two-time Commonwealth and two-time European champion and the IBF World champion.

"In the last nine and a half years he has beaten World champions Jamie McDonnell and Stuart Hall - he's a tremendous talent and doesn't get the credit he deserves as one of the best British world champions.

"The thought of coming to Belfast to face a hostile atmosphere doesn't faze Haskins," he said.

"We've been all over the world fighting - France, Spain, we even boxed in a market square in Morocco in the middle of the day with goats walking around ringside.

"We came to Belfast a few years ago with another fighter, Lee Selby. That was hostile territory that night but Belfast is a boxing crowd and when they saw Selby get to work against Martin Lindsay they quietened down and they applauded him and the same thing will happen.

"With regard to Ryan Burnett, Eddie Hearn and Sky Sports have rolled out the red carpet, the hype machine is in full effect," he said.

"From what you're hearing it's the second coming of an Erik Morales but when you're actually watching the fights you can't see it, we can't see it," insisted Sanigar.

"Ryan's a very talented young boy, but he's still at domestic level and I think they've taken the jump too quickly.

"This is a level that Lee Haskins has fought at for 10 years."

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