Hearn: Ryan Burnett will have a World title fight in Belfast next Spring

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Ryan Burnett could be fighting for a World title in Belfast in less than a year’s time.

Matchroom head-honcho Eddie Hearn wants to bring the Sky cameras back to the Titanic City next Spring for a World title challenge for the talented bantamweight.

Burnett fights on the July 30th Sky show at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, headlined by Josh Warrington v Dublin’s Pajo Hyland, and is slated to appear twice more this year ahead of a World title tilt on home soil in 2017.

Analysing the current 118lbs landscape, Hearn told IFL TV that “we’ve got Stuart Hall against Lee Haskins which I’ve just won the purse bids for.

“I want Ryan Burnett to fight the winner of that fight.”

Outlining the pathway to the belt, Hearn explained that “there’s a three-fight plan now for Ryan Burnett; to box on July the 30th, then again in September, then again in December – and then he’s ready to fight for the World title.”

Matchroom were due to come to Belfast first in April of this year, then again in September, but Hearn wants a World title bill-topper, reasoning that “because of the way the dynamics of the sport are changing in regards to the shows – i.e. we really need a World title to be headling most shows moving forward from September 1st.”

Therefore Hearn now confidently states that “I want to take Ryan Burnett to Belfast when he’s challenging for a World title – and that will come in February or March next year.”

“We have these three fights then he’s ready for any of the champions.”

Watch Hearn’s interview with IFL in full below (Burnett info at 3minutes):

Joe O'Neill

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