Ryan Burnett believes that victory over Zhanat Zhakiyanov will help towards his goal of becoming a “great” world champion.
I don’t want to just be a world champion, I want to be a great world champion
“This is a massive night for me, I don’t want to just be a world champion, I want to be a great world champion,” he said.
“To have this opportunity to fight another world champion in my home city is something I’ve always wanted and I feel blessed.
“With every fighter you have to train differently and have different tactics. Adam Booth is the perfect man to have in your corner for that and we’ve done everything that’s needed to be done – I’m going into the ring very confident.
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“I know what to expect, but am also prepared to deal with anything. I’m just looking forward to wrapping that other belt around my shoulder.”
Burnett’s Kazakhstani opponent Zhakiyanov was of fewer words saying: “I’ve spent one month in Kazakhstan and two months in England, we’ve trained well and I am ready.”
Tale of the Tape
Watch Ryan Burnett’s unification clash with Zhanat Zhakiyanov, along with Paul Hyland Jr against Stephen Ormond, James Tennyson versus Darren Traynor, with Josh Kelly and Anthony Fowler also on the Belfast bill from 7.30pm this Saturday on Sky Sports Action.