Boxing - Hatton prodigy Burnett braced for Belfast homecoming

Belfast prospect Ryan Burnett weighed in today at the new Belfast gym that his trainer Ricky Hatton officially opened – The All Origins Boxing gym (a collaboration between Alan Wilton, Bernard and Oscar Checa) and is excited to make his home debut tomorrow at the Holiday Inn, Belfast.

Boxing - Hatton prodigy Burnett braced for Belfast homecoming

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Hatton prodigy Ryan Burnett braced for Belfast homecoming

Speaking to BoxRec News prior to the weigh in, Burnett shared his thoughts on his homecoming and his progress under the biggest name in British boxing, Ricky Hatton:

“I feel really good, now I am back home I have all of my friends and family coming to watch me, I am really excited making the homecoming!”

Burnett revealed that after overcoming the awe of working with a household name such as Hatton that he has developed a close relationship with the Hitman:

“At the start it was very over whelming training with Ricky Hatton and who he was – his name and everything. But after a while, he became more of a friend and we get on great and I love being over there – it is like my second home, I couldn’t ask for more.”

Burnett was a hot amateur prospect, particularly after securing a Youth Olympic Gold medal, and was a much sought after signature for many promoters, but he knew instantly that he had made the right decision to join Hatton:

“I achieved everything that I wanted to achieve, [as an amateur] I become number one in the world, I got the Youth Olympic Gold medal and I have always had a love for the pro game. I have always been drawn to it a lot more than the amateurs and once I had a bit of time out of the amateur game, I knew that I just wanted to be a professional. It just started there and it led to looking at promoters and camps and it led me to Rick (Hatton). Once I turned pro with Rick I knew I had made the right decision.”

Burnett has put in a lot of one-to-one gym time with Hatton and enthuses that he has overhauled his amateur style since collaborating with Hatton:

“I’ve changed absolutely everything, from the way I used to box in the amateurs and the way I box now is completely different. I have adapted a lot more to the professional game. As soon as I went Rick, I was bouncing all over the ring everywhere at one-hundred mile an hour and Rick just told me to slow down and take my time and pick my shots a lot more, that’s what I did.”

Burnett grew up admiring Roy Jones Jr, but it is a fellow Belfast boxer that acts as his current role model:

“I’ve always loved Roy Jones Jr, but lately I have been watching Carl Frampton, I just love his style and everything – I look up to Carl a lot.”

And with the announcement of the joining of forces of McGuigan, Maloney, Hatton with Frank Warren and Boxnation, it has set up a platform for Burnett to appear on the under card of Frampton’s upcoming Belfast shows on the Boxnation Channel:

“Yeah, Rick has just got a deal with Boxnation, so I will be really forward to that and getting on the same shows as Carl.”

If Burnett can come along at the same rate as Frampton, he is indeed on a sound trajectory. Tomorrow night will be another step in that path.

Burnett (1-0) fights battle-hardened Slovakian journeyman Elemir Rafael (25-69-1) tomorrow night. Also appearing on the small hall show are: Irish champion, James Tennyson, Daniel McShane, Matthew Wilton, Luke Wilton and Zhanat Zhakiyanov.

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