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World champion Ryan Burnett eyes Super Series £3m jackpot

By David Kelly

World champion Ryan Burnett is being lined up for a potential £3m jackpot as promoter Eddie Hearn prepares to enter him into the World Boxing Super Series.

The WBSS, which features eight of the best fighters in a particular division boxing in quarter-finals through to finals over an 18-month period, kicked off with super-middleweights and cruiserweights and now plans are being put in place for the next event which will include bantamweights.

Belfastman Burnett retained his WBA World bantamweight title with a comfortable victory over Yonfrez Parejo of Venezuela at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday night, despite suffering a suspected broken right hand. Now he can look forward to the biggest pay-days of his career, which should include a showdown with WBO champion Zolani Tete.

Burnett and Tete are seen as the top two bantamweights in the world so are likely to be seeded on either side of the draw, with the potential for a blockbuster showdown in the final.

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