By Elliot Foster [@freelancefoz]
Ryan Burnett has penned new promotional terms and will feature on a new TV channel from now on.
The Belfast bantamweight sensation, who is unbeaten in 11 fights with nine early endings, will now campaign under the banner of Matchroom Sport after signing a deal with Eddie Hearn.
Burnett had been set to face Jason Booth for the vacant British title on November 23 in London, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky channel 437/HD 490, Virgin channel 546 and TalkTalk 415).
But his new career move means that the WBO European champion, who won the crown earlier this month with a two-round stoppage over Robert Kanalas in Manchester, will have his fights aired live on Sky Sports.
“I’m very happy to be signing with Matchroom,” said the 23-year-old Adam Booth-trained prospect, who was an Olympic youth champion when he wore the headguard and vest before turning to the paid code in 2013.
“As we said a year ago, we would build me before we looked at promoters, things with Adam have gone perfectly and to plan. Now we are looking to open the doors to big things and Eddie is the man to do that very thing.
“I have an amazing team around me and now it’s all about opening the right doors and I’m 100 per cent sure with the team around me I’ll become a world champion.”
It’s the view of many that Burnett is a shoe-in to win a world title in the future and the Ulsterman’s excitement and ambition are echoed by aforementioned trainer Adam Booth, with whom he joined up last year.
He said: “Ryan is the most talented fighter that I have ever worked with.
“He is quick, strong, powerful and clever. I am very excited to be working with Eddie on Ryan’s career now.”
And Hearn, the head honcho of Matchroom, is equally as excited about the future of his latest signing.
“I have lost count of the amount of times people have told me Ryan is one of the most exciting young fighters they have ever seen,” said Hearn.
“These thoughts have come from people in the game that I believe in and respect – I am so excited to join forces with Ryan and Adam and deliver them absolutely everything they need to get to the final destination.
“With Sky Sports, Ryan now has the perfect platform to become a household name and box as frequently as he requires. His exciting style and personality will delight viewers, so sit back and enjoy this journey.”