Burnett-Zhakiyanov Confirmed, Uniifcation Set For October 21

by Shaun Brown

IBF bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9 KOs) will attempt to unify the 118lbs division when the Northern Irishman faces WBA Undisupted champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-1, 18 KOs) on October 21 at the SSE Arena, Belfast. The fight will be televised by Sky Sports.

Burnett and Zhakiyanov both won their titles earlier this year. Burnett ran out a comfortable winner against Lee Haskins back in June while Zhakiyanov got the nod over Rau'Shee Warren in February.

Ricky Hatton, who once trained Burnett, led the Kazakh to success giving him his first world champion as a trainer.


Taking on Zhakiyanov is a signal of intent from Burnett and his team. Instead of looking for a softer first defence he is going in against one of the toughest men in the division.

Speaking after his victory over Haskins, Burnett said: "I promised everyone that this belt would stay in Belfast and it has."

Speaking to Sky Sports News, the IBF champion said: "I said to Eddie. I don't just want to be a world champion I want to be a great world champion.

"I'm looking forward to getting back home. Belfast is only a small place but when it comes to sport it has so much pride. I'd been training all my life for that moment."

Details on the undercard and tickets will be released at a press conference next week.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 1hourRun on 08-02-2017

[QUOTE=NEETzsche;17913152]You're literally the only person who had a problem with that decision[/QUOTE] [img][/img] 110-116, two rounds for Rau'Shee after concussing this euro-bum TWICE? Zhakiyanov had to go to the hospital to check if hes brain was still functional after the…

Comment by Tom Cruise on 08-02-2017

[QUOTE=NEETzsche;17913152]You're literally the only person who had a problem with that decision[/QUOTE] Yeah thats the first time ive heard anyone complain about the decision

Comment by NEETzsche on 08-02-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;17913146]First of all Zhakiyanov robbed the American Raushee Warren[/QUOTE] You're literally the only person who had a problem with that decision

Comment by 1hourRun on 08-02-2017

[QUOTE=Tom Cruise;17913118]If he becomes unified by beating Zhakiyanov (who beat American Warren for his title), how is that 'dat UK market'? Zhakiyanov is a good fighter. Really tough fight for Burnetts first defence[/QUOTE] First of all Zhakiyanov robbed the American…

Comment by Tom Cruise on 08-02-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;17912795][IMG][/IMG] Little Borat about to get jobbed in the UK like Rau'Shee Warren...and OMG Burnnett a 'Unified' champion... is this real life? dat UK market tho.[/QUOTE] If he becomes unified by beating Zhakiyanov (who beat American Warren for his title),…

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