Ryan Burnett

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Ryan Burnett
Weight(s) Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Reach 66 in (168 cm)
Born (1992-05-21) 21 May 1992 (age 26)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 19
Wins 19
Wins by KO 9
Losses 0

Ryan Burnett (born 21 May 1992) is a professional boxer from Northern Ireland. He is a former unified bantamweight world champion, having held the WBA (Unified) title since 2017 and previously the IBF title from 2017 to 2018. At regional level he held the British bantamweight title from 2015 to 2017. As an amateur, Burnett represented Ireland at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics and won a gold medal in the light-flyweight division.

As of September 2018, Burnett is ranked as the world's second best active bantamweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,[1] third best by The Ring[2] and Boxrec.[3]

Early life[edit]

Burnett was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the middle child of three brothers,[4] from a nationalist background.[5][citation needed] Burnett was educated at St Patrick's College, a Roman Catholic secondary school on the Antrim Road.[citation needed][6]

With an interest in boxing from as young as four years of age, Burnett began training at Belfast's Kronk Gym before moving to Gerry Storey's Holy Family Boxing Club, a gym famed for uniting boxers of different religious and political backgrounds. Fighters like Burnett and Paddy Barnes, have always trained here alongside fighters of unionist backgrounds such as Carl Frampton, which through the years has helped break down borders in their community.[7]

Amateur career[edit]

Burnett amassed an amateur record of 94 wins and 4 losses; he claims to still "dispute most of those losses."[4] While rising to number one in the AIBA World Youth amateur rankings, Burnett won seven All Ireland titles and four Ulster titles, along with several multi-nations tournament medals. The highlights of his amateur career were his silver and gold medal wins at the World Youth Championships and Olympic Youth Games, respectively. After acquiring those medals, Burnett suffered a back injury that ruled him out of competition for a year, and hampered his opportunities for success at senior level. Not long after regaining fitness, Burnett decided to turn professional.[4]

2010 World Youth Championships[edit]

Burnett won five fights in seven days on his way to the final of the World Youth Championships in Baku. He defeated Erik Sokolov of Germany – 4–0, Manuel Fabrizio of Italy – 3–1, and Rober Estrada Barrera of Colombia – 16–4 in the first three rounds. In the Quarter-finals he met Filipino fighter Mark Anthony Barriga, who he overcame with a 6–4 win. In the Semi's, he defeated Cuban fighter Yosvany Veitía in a 5–3 victory. Burnett then met local Azerbaijani, Salman Alizade in the final. After a gruelling week for Burnett, the home favourite took the win, sending Burnett home with a silver medal.[8]

2010 Olympic Youth Games[edit]

Burnett won gold at the inaugural Olympic Youth Games in 2010, and became the first ever Youth Olympics boxing gold medalist in the process. In the semi-final of the games, which took place in Singapore, Burnett defeated Zohidion Hoorboyev of Uzbekistan. In the final, Burnett once again met Salman Alizade, who he had lost to in the World Championships. Alizada went into the fight as the world number one, but Burnett avenged his previous loss with a dominant 13–6 victory.[9][10]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Burnett turned professional in January 2012, after signing a deal with Hatton Promotions. He then moved to Manchester, England where he would be trained by company founder – former world champion Ricky Hatton.[11]

With Hatton Promotions enduring turbulent times, Burnett was forced to leave their stable in September 2014. After what had been a long spell out of competition, he joined up with Adam Booth in London to kick-start his pro career.[12]

In November 2015, Burnett received a shot at the vacant British bantamweight title against former holder, Jason Booth. Despite managing a first round knockdown over the veteran Brit, Burnett was taken the distance and won the fight via unanimousdecision.[13] In January 2016, it was announced that Burnett would fight on the undercard of fellow Belfast boxer, Carl Frampton, in his world title unification bout with Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena on 27 February 2016.[14][15] Burnett faced Frenchman, Anthony Settoul, for the WBC International bantamweight title. Burnett produced a highly praised performance, and won the fight through another unanimous decision.[16][17]

World bantamweight champion[edit]

Burnett vs. Haskins[edit]

On 27 April 2017, it was announced that Burnett would challenge Lee Haskins for the IBF bantamweight title on 10 June at the SSE Arena in Belfast, live on Sky Sports. The fight would mark Haskins' third defence since winning the title in 2015. Speaking on his first world title challenge, Burnett said, “I always dreamed of headlining in Belfast and now I have the opportunity to do it for a World Title – I’m so excited.”[18][19] Burnett defeated Haskins via a 12 round split decision to win his first world title and become Northern Ireland's first world bantamweight champion on 20 years. Burnett dropped Haskins twice in the fight in knocking him down once in round 6 and again in round 11. Both fighters were cut from a clash of heads in the round 2. The final judges’ scores were 119-107, 119-107 for Burnett and 118-108 for Haskins.[20][21] The result was later changed to a unanimous decision as judge Clark Sammartino who scored the fight for Haskins put the wrong name in the box. Haskins had the most success in the opening two rounds, however Burnett took control of the fight and dominated until the end. After the fight, promoter Eddie Hearn said, “I believe a new star is born in Belfast. I believe Burnett won by a 12 round unanimous decision tonight. I’m going to speak to Adam Smith tomorrow.”[22][23] Speaking of judge Sammartino, Robert Smith, the British Boxing Board of Control secretary stated, "He will not be coming back to this country and I will be telling the IBF."[24] WBO beltholder Zolani Tete called out Burnett for a unification bout, stating he was happy for it to take place in Belfast.[25]

Burnett vs. Zhakiyanov[edit]

Although Burnett did not take Tete's offer, he still chased a unification fight and on 2 August 2017, a deal was reached for him to defend his IBF title against WBA Undisupted champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-1, 18 KOs) at the SSE Arena in Belfast on 21 October. Ricky Hatton, who also trained Burnett, was Zhakiyanov's trainer and led him to win the WBA belt against Rau'shee Warren on 10 February.[26] In front large pro-Burnett crowd, Burnett won a wide 12 round unanimous decision over Zhakiyanov to become the unified IBF and WBA bantamweight champion. The judges scored the fight 118-110, 119-109 and 116-112 all in favour of Burnett. Both fighters fought closely together, with Zhakiyanov getting the better of the exchanges at the start of the fight. By round 5, Burnett began using his jab more and finding a good range. Towards the end, Burnett was doing the better work on the inside and landing the cleaner shots.[27][28][29]

Burnett vs. Parejo[edit]

In January 2018, IBF mandatory challenger Emmanuel 'Manny' Rodriguez (17-0, 12 KO) and his team tried and failed to reach a deal with former champion Lee Haskins, in a bout where the winner would have received the Interim IBF title, which forced IBF to order purse bids between Rodriguez and Burnett. The purse bid was set for 12 February.[30][31] At the time the purse bids were ordered, Eddie Hearn was already in talks with Venezuelan boxer Yonfrez Parejo (21-2-1, 10 KOs), who is also the WBA mandatory, to hold a fight on the Joshua vs. Parker undercard on 31 March at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Hearn explained to Sky Sports, “The IBF called an interim title bout between Emmanuel Rodriguez and Lee Haskins, so we proceeded to make the fight with our WBA mandatory, Parejo. Last week we were notified that the [Rodriguez-Haskins] bout would no longer take place and that Rodriguez’s team [was] not willing to negotiate, and they called immediate purse bids. Our deal was already in place with Parejo, so we will vacate our IBF title and continue to face our WBA mandatory.” On 12 February, Burnett vs. Parejo was confirmed.[32][33] Burnett dominated Parejo over 12 rounds retaining his WBA title in the process. Burnett started the fight the better boxer before Parejo started to attack more from round 3. This made Burnett use technique and defence, making Parejo miss often. Burnett suffered a cut over his left eye from a clash of heads in round 7. This did not slow Burnett down and he continued to out-work Parejo. Parejo did not do enough to win the close rounds either. Burnett injured his right hand in round 3. The three judges scored the fight 120-108, 120-108 and 116-112 in favour of Burnett.[34][35]

World Boxing Super Series[edit]

On 9 May 2018, at a news conference in London, the World Boxing Super Series announced that season 2 would include the bantamweights. Burnett, along with WBO champion Zolani Tete and IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez were the first 3 boxers announced for the tournament.[36]

Burnett vs. Donaire[edit]

The draft gala took place in Moscow on 20 July 2018. Burnett, who was a top seed, chose to fight former four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire (38-5, 24 KOs) in the quarter finals. Donaire had dropped down two weight divisions to enter the tournament.[37][38] On 7 September, the WBSS announced a doubleheader would take place at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 3 November 2018. The card would see Burnett vs. Donaire as well as the quarter final fight from the Super-lightweight tournament which would see Scorris boxer Josh Taylor go up against American boxer Ryan Martin.[39][40]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
19 fights 19 wins 0 losses
By knockout 9 0
By decision 10 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
20 N/A N/A Philippines Nonito Donaire N/A – (12) 3 Nov 2018 United Kingdom The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland Defending WBA (Unified) bantamweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: bantamweight quarter-final
19 Win 19–0 Venezuela Yonfrez Parejo UD 12 31 Mar 2018 United Kingdom Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales Retained WBA (Unified) bantamweight title
18 Win 18–0 Kazakhstan Zhanat Zhakiyanov UD 12 21 Oct 2017 United Kingdom SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland Retained IBF bantamweight title;
Won WBA (Unified) bantamweight title
17 Win 17–0 United Kingdom Lee Haskins UD 12 10 Jun 2017 United Kingdom SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland Won IBF bantamweight title;
Originally an SD, later ruled a UD after an incorrect judge's scorecard
16 Win 16–0 Mexico Joseafat Reyes PTS 8 25 Feb 2017 United Kingdom Hull Arena, Hull, England
15 Win 15–0 United Kingdom Ryan Farrag UD 12 15 Oct 2016 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Retained British bantamweight title
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Cesar Ramirez UD 10 30 Jul 2016 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, England Retained WBC International bantamweight title
13 Win 13–0 France Anthony Settoul UD 10 27 Feb 2016 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Won vacant WBC International bantamweight title
12 Win 12–0 United Kingdom Jason Booth UD 12 21 Nov 2015 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Won vacant British bantamweight title
11 Win 11–0 Hungary Robert Kanalas TKO 2 (10), 1:24 10 Oct 2015 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Won vacant WBO European bantamweight title
10 Win 10–0 Hungary Csaba Kovacs TKO 2 (8), 1:32 4 Jul 2015 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
9 Win 9–0 United States Stephon McIntyre KO 1 (6), 2:59 11 Apr 2015 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
8 Win 8–0 France Faycal Messaoudene PTS 6 27 Mar 2015 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
7 Win 7–0 Ghana Isaac Owusu TKO 2 (6), 0:26 27 Feb 2015 United Kingdom IceSheffield, Sheffield, England
6 Win 6–0 Bulgaria Stefan Slavchev TKO 4 (4), 0:42 29 Nov 2014 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
5 Win 5–0 Bulgaria Valentin Marinov TKO 1 (6), 3:00 22 Nov 2014 United Kingdom The Devenish Complex, Belfast, Northern Ireland
4 Win 4–0 Spain Sergio Perez UD 6 16 Nov 2013 Bulgaria National Gymnasium of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Vratsa, Bulgaria
3 Win 3–0 Nicaragua Reynaldo Cajina TKO 2 (4), 1:52 19 Oct 2013 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2 Win 2–0 Slovakia Elemir Rafael TKO 2 (4), 2:05 28 Jun 2013 United Kingdom Holiday Inn Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1 Win 1–0 Hungary Laszlo Nemesapati KO 1 (4), 1:14 24 May 2013 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England


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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Ross Burkinshaw
WBO European
bantamweight champion

10 October 2015 – February 2016
Title last held by
Lee Haskins
British bantamweight champion
21 November 2015 – June 2017
Title next held by
Josh Wale
Title last held by
Ernesto Saulong
WBC International
bantamweight champion

27 February 2016 – February 2017
Title next held by
Duke Micah
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Lee Haskins
IBF bantamweight champion
10 June 2017 – 13 February 2018
Title next held by
Emmanuel Rodríguez
Preceded by
Zhanat Zhakiyanov
as Undisputed champion
WBA bantamweight champion
Unified title

21 October 2017 – present