Ryan Burnett’s early career was hampered by a well documented series of unfortunate events the like of which had not been seen since Lemony Snicket.
However, the talented Belfast bantamweight, who has generated hype and interest since his early teens, believes things are finally falling into place for him.
The 22 year old unbeaten fighter is confident the stars will align Saturday night and he will take his first big-name scalp, claim the British title, and show the wider boxing audience why he is so highly rated among those in the know.
Burnett’s Matchroom debut plays out on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s second attempt to dethrone World champ Darleys Perez at what is expected to be a packed Manchester Arena, and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
The Adam Booth-trained talent believes not only is former British Champ and World title challenger Jason Booth the ideal opponent in terms of securing recognition, he also believes Sky is the perfect platform to send out a message of intent.
“This is fight has definitely come at the right time for me,” Burnett told Irish-boxing.com.
“I have a known opponent and the platform to show everyone what I am about. It has all fallen into place perfectly I have served my apprenticeship and now I am ready to step it up a level.
“Jason Booth is a name and while he is at the end of his career and I am at the start of mine he has my respect. You can’t take risks or under estimate guys with the experience he has. He has been in with some great fighters, won titles and is still a talented fighter. I know he is up for the fight,” Burnett added.
While Burnett respects the former Willie Casey, Kiko Martinez, Scott Quigg and Lee Haskins opponent he warns 38 year old ‘Too Smooth’ that “anything you can do I can do better.”
“I just think everything he does I can do better. I will be faster, stronger and hungrier on the night and I will win the belt.”
Saturday represent Burnett’s Matchroom debut and he told Irish-boxing.com the move to a big promoter has arrived at the right time. He thinks Eddie Hearn and co have the power to open doors for him and one door he is excited about being held open for him is one to a plane back home.
Hearn expressed a desire to build Burnett in his home town of Belfast and at the final leg of the Frampton v Quigg press tour said he would bring the Sky cameras to Belfast next April.
“Moving to Matchroom has been great for me. It is the right move and having a strong promoter behind me will only open doors quicker. I also 14 in the WBO rankings, as I said everything is just coming right for me,” he added before responding to questions regarding Belfast.
“Why not? I would bring a big crowd and Belfast has enough talented boxers to run big shows and Belfast deserves as many big boxing nights as it can get.”