Ryan Burnett is back on the boxing beat following a resounding one-round stoppage of Valentin Marinov in the Devenish Complex. Ryan was pleased to be punching again after a frustrating one-year spell away from the ring.
“I knew after the first uppercut landed that I could get him again with it but I didn’t want to just go straight ahead so I worked my way in. I threw it again and caught him perfect, right on the chin,” said Burnett.
“I’m going to have Christmas with my family and then straight back in the gym. It’s been emotional for me being out of the ring for a year. The past load of months I’ve been through a lot and I let it out with a big roar at the end there!”
Opponent Marinov looked confident before the opening bell as he stalked Burnett across the ring when the Belfast prospect made his entrance.
“Everyone fancies it until they get hit,” Burnett dryly assessed.
Ryan boxes again in London’s York Hall on November 29 against Bulgaria’s Stefan Slavchev. The 22-year-old is currently ranked at number six in the BoxRec rankings and a few timely wins against the right sort of opposition should see him contesting a British title sooner rather than later. New trainer Adam Booth is certainly thinking along those lines.
“We are hoping to move fast and Adam believes I’m capable of it so I’ll just do what he says. I’ve been with Adam for about three months now and it’s been going brilliant. He’s taught me a lot and it showed on the night. I’m fighting again in London on the 29th so I’m straight back in the gym.”
Having handled David Haye’s career for so many years Booth is perfectly placed to guide his young charge to glory. Things may have not have exactly gone to plan towards the end of his stint with Ricky Hatton but Ryan’s career is now on the move once again.
“I didn’t waste much time in there [against Marinov] as I had a game plan and did exactly what Adam said, which came off perfect. After this next fight if all goes well then I’m looking at a big 2015,” said Burnett.
Former British light-welterweight champion Curtis Woodhouse certainly believes Burnett is going to the top, if his tweet (below) is anything to go by.