The Irish Eye: February part 3
February was a jam-packed month in Irish boxing, so we are bringing you a special three-part edition of 'The Irish Eye' to make sure every base is covered... In part three Kane Clarke looks at Ryan Burnett's latest victory...
Belfast bantamweight Ryan Burnett improved his unbeaten record to 16-0 as he outpointed and outboxed Mexican Joseafat Reyes over eight rounds on 25 February in the Ice Arena, Hull.
In the opening couple of rounds Burnett was finding his range and working behind a sharp jab. In the second, the Ulsterman landed a nice left and right hook combination, but ate a left hook for his troubles.
The British champion started to land big shots to the head and body in the third. But he didn't have it all his own way as southpaw Reyes came on strong in the fourth, pinning Burnett in a neutral corner for much of the round, although the classy Belfast man was never in real trouble and seemed content to sit on the ropes and soak up the pressure, dipping and rolling off with his own quality shots.
Reyes was bleeding heavily from the nose in the sixth after sustained pressure from Burnett. The Adam Booth trained pugilist closed out the remaining couple of rounds comfortably to take the judge's decision 79-73 to improve his record to 16-0 and hopefully set up a world title shot in his hometown come the summer.
Speaking to IFLTV post-fight, the Belfast slickster said: "[It was] a good eight rounds against a tough southpaw Mexican, we used it for exactly what it was, to learn. It was a good little fight.
"I'm definitely improving, I'm still young and I'm eager to learn, I always want to learn, and I always fell as if I'm always learning, hopefully its showing bit by bit in the fights."
Concerning his hopes of fighting for a world title, the Belfast man commented: "It's within touching distance, I'm just hoping that it comes off, I think that in terms of ability goes I'm nearly there, I'm very very close, its something [that's coming] in the near future."