Ireland’s rising bantamweight star, Ryan Burnett took his record to a perfect 8:0 by defeating experienced Frenchman Fayal Messaoudene in a six round contest at the home of London boxing, York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday evening.
The bout was part of a Frank Warren championship boxing event and was televised live by Box Nation.
The 22 year old Burnett from North Belfast displayed a rounded performance against a defensive opponent with his accurate jab and power shots mixed with some quick footwork and shifting angles.
To date the Irishman has beat six of his opponents inside the distance, this bout proved to be a useful experience for Burnett enabling him to utilize and display his boxing skills over six rounds. The referee scored the bout 60:54.
The Irishman from ringside said afterwards, “I’ve been knocking people out recently, but it was good to get six rounds under my belt and try out new moves. It is all a learning experience and part of my apprenticeship in the pro game. ”
Adam Booth, Burnett’s manager and trainer commented “Ryan is making steady progress in his career, this fight was about demonstrating patience and creating openings to land clean punches. We have been together 6 months and have 4 wins out of 4 fights. I am pleased with Ryan’s performance tonight and it was good to get the tv exposure.”
The former Olympic Youth Games 2010 gold medallist next outing will be his US debut at the Barclay Center, Brooklyn, New York on April 11 on a boxing event promoted by DiBella Entertainment.
Burnett will be on the undercard of stable mate Andy Lee’s (34 -2, 24 KOs) WBO middleweight championship title defence contest against Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) . The event is part of US television network NBC new primetime boxing programming, Premier Boxing Champions (PBC).