Boxing - Frampton a big inspiration for Belfast's Burnett

Belfast's Ryan Burnett (1-0) says he's going to follow the blueprint set by fellow Carl Frampton in his attempts to get to the top. Burnett, 21, will be making his first appearance in his home city on a show promoted in association with Jane Wilton at Holiday Inn on June 28, after knocking out Hungarian Laszlo Nemesapati Jr on his debut in Liverpool last month.

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Carl Frampton a big inspiration for Belfast's Ryan Burnett

Frampton and Burnett trained together under Gerry Storey at the Holy Family Golden Gloves Boxing Club as amateurs, and have remained firm friends. Frampton now sits on the verge of world title shot despite having only 16 pro fights, and Burnett sees no reason why he can't follow The Jackal's lead.

"Carl Frampton is a big inspiration to me because I used to train with him and I've seen how he's got so far so quickly," Ryan, 21, said.

"Me and Carl have done a lot of work together in the lead up to his fights and he's always been great. It's something I've learned a lot from.

"I look at him and think 'he's from Belfast and he's done it so I can as well'. He's shown me what you can do and I want to follow the same path."

One day, Burnett hopes to sell out shows at Belfast's stunning Odyssey Arena.

"I'm really looking forward to fighting in front of a home crowd," he said. "It's been a while since I last boxed in Belfast so I'm expecting a very big turn-out.

"It's earlier days and I'm taking things step by step, but my long-term plan is to build up good support in Belfast on these kinds of shows and then one day sell out the Odyssey Arena like Carl has."

Also appearing on the June 28 card will be Kazakh bantamweight Zhanat Zhakiyanov (19-1), Barking born flyweight 'Winky' Luke Wilton (13-3-1) and his welterweight brother Matthew Wilton (6-3).

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