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Burnett: The Belt Is Coming Back To Belfast

Burnett Looks To Build On What Was A Stellar 2017

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By Aaron Cooper

WBA Bantamweight Champion, Ryan Burnett will look to start 2018 where 2017 left off for him this coming Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Burnett enjoyed a stellar 2017. Beating Lee Haskins to become IBF Bantamweight Champion and then unifying the title with that of the WBA 'Super' title later that year. His opponent for this Saturday is his mandatory challenger, Yonfrez Parejo and whilst Burnett has a keen eye for other fights in the division. He is not underestimating the threat from his opponent. 

"He's my mandatory challenger, he's not in that position for nothing," Burnett told Sky Sports.

"He comes with a great record, and he's a great talent himself. When you get to world level boxing, these are the type of fights that come with the territory.

In the process of this fight being made, Burnett had to vacate his IBF title. The IBF had made hard-hitting Puerto Rican, Emmanual Rodriguez his mandatory challenger. But terms could not be agreed for a bout. The vacant belt now looks to be contested for by Burnett's Matchroom stablemate Paul Butler.

"Sometimes I have to pinch myself and realize that I've won two world titles at the age of 25," he said.

"But if I'm honest I don't really feel like a world champion yet. When my career's over, I'll realize what I've done.

There will be many a spectator with one eye on this fight. If rumors are to be believed then the next installment of the World Boxing Super Series will indeed be in the Bantamweight division. With others in the division like Jamie McDonnell, Noaya Inoue, Zolani Tete and Paul Butler all slated to be in the competition. The stakes for Burnett's fight this coming Saturday couldn't be higher.