Former unified IBF and WBA Bantamweight world champion Ryan Burnett returns to the ring in his home-town of Belfast on the 17th of May. Burnett (19-1) will headline and fight for the WBC International Super-Bantamweight title, currently held by Filipino Jelbrit Gomera.
After the success of March’s MTK Fight Night Belfast, which saw Luke Keeler dethrone Conrad Cummings of his WBO European Middleweight championship in-front of an atmosphere that can only be described as a electric cauldron. The iconic Ulster Hall will be used for MTK Global’s first UK broadcast on ESPN and ITL TV.
Burnett has said ‘I want to be world champion again. Nothing else matters. This is a significant step in that campaign and I’m delighted it’s taking place in my home city.’
The Adam Booth trained-boxer will jump straight back into a title fight after suffering an unfortunate back injury last time out, in his World Boxing Super-series bout with former four time champion Nonito Donaire.
Former world bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett will make his return to the ring next month.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 11, 2019
Burnett is still only 26 years old, and went undefeated with a record of 19-0. He clocked up wins over British Bantamweight Lee Haskins and Kazakhstani boxer Zhanat Zhakiyanov in the SSE Arena in Belfast. The Belfast man then defended his WBA Bantamweight title against Venezuelan Yonfrez Parejo, in-front of 78,000 fans on the Anthony Joshua Joseph Parker card in March 2018.
This seemed like the exposure and watershed moment in Ryan Burnett’s career which would kick him on. In November on 2018, it was announced that he would face off against Nonito Donaire, a man that Belfast’s Carl Frampton had just faced.
The former unified champion was set to face former four weight world champion Donaire, in the World Boxing Super-series in a Bantamweight tournament format. In the fourth round the Northern Irishman fell to the floor, clutching his ribs and back without seeming to have suffered a blow and couldn’t continue. Burnett later announced that he tore muscle fibres in his back and a portion of the muscle was also detached from the bone, in what was a freakish accident.
Already confirmed to be joining Burnett on the first ever UK MTK broadcast on ESPN platforms are MTK Global teammates Declan Geraghty and Marco McCullough, who will fight for the IBF European super-featherweight title.
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