News | Jun 11 2017

Ryan Burnett expected dream world title fight to be cut short

'Even when the blood was in my eyes and I couldn’t see, it didn’t faze me at all,' Ryan Burnett says
Ryan Burnett
Lee Haskins in action with Ryan Burnett  |  Action Images/Jason Cairnduff

RYAN BURNETT had expected his world-title fight with Lee Haskins to be stopped in the opening rounds because of the cuts suffered by each fighter in the second.

An accidental clash of heads opened significant wounds over both fighters’ right eyes — new IBF bantamweight champion Burnett’s bled heavily — and his trainer Adam Booth responded by telling him he only had two more rounds to fulfil his dream.

The 25-year-old then continued the sharp and exceptional performance he had threatened from the opening bell, outclassing and outpointing the proven champion at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena and potentially ending the underrated Haskins’ career at world level.

 

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