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Ryan Burnett would welcome a future fight at Windsor Park

Ryan Burnett would welcome a future fight at Windsor Park

Newly crowned IBF bantamweight world champion Ryan Burnett would welcome a fight at Northern Ireland's national stadium Windsor Park down the line.

Burnett produced a hugely impressive performance to dethrone Bristol's Lee Haskins at Belfast's Odyssey Arena on Saturday night, claiming world honours in just his 17th fight as a professional.

Now, the Belfast man wants to establish himself in his home city and become a regular fixture at the Odyssey Arena, but Burnett is also open to fighting at Windsor Park - home of the Northern Ireland football team and with a capacity of over 18,000 - at some point in the future.

 
Windsor Park has a capacity of over 18,000
Windsor Park has a capacity of over 18,000

Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, he said: "All I want now is to be fighting in Belfast regularly, it's where I want to fight and it's always been that way.

"Now, I am finally in a great position that I can have many fights at the Odyssey Arena and it's a great feeling to be able to headline in my hometown.

 
Burnett beat Lee Haskins in front of his home fans to become the new IBF bantamweight world champion.
 
Burnett beat Lee Haskins in front of his home fans to become the new IBF bantamweight world champion.

"The Odyssey is perfect for me, it holds a great crowd and has a brilliant atmosphere. I've been there a couple of times now so I'm comfortable there.

"I'm still growing as a fighter and there is a long way to go, but of course we will possibly look at Windsor Park down the line. In the future as things become bigger we can maybe look elsewhere but for now the Odyssey is perfect."

Despite a dominant performance against Haskins, Burnett suffered some severe cuts in the fight and is expecting to get them assessed later this week.

Burnett suffered a serious cut above his right eye against Lee Haskins
Burnett suffered a serious cut above his right eye against Lee Haskins

"They are quite bad cuts and I am going to visit a plastic surgeon this week to get them looked at properly, I'm not too sure how long they will keep me out," he added.

"I haven't really thought about when I will next be in the ring, I leave all that to my team, I'm happy just doing the fighting."

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  • Origin: skysports/GhAgent