Ryan Burnett: ‘I have this mad hunger to smash through every single object in front of me’

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RYAN BURNETT and Nonito Donaire promise action when they meet in a 118lbs Ali Trophy quarter-final on Saturday at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

Wednesday afternoon they come face to face at the pre fight press conference which also features 140lbs quarter-finalists Josh Taylor and Ryan Martin.

Tickets for the WBSS doubleheader in Glasgow starting from £35 (plus fees) are available to buy from: thessehydro.com.

“I have pretty much achieved everything in boxing,” said 35-year-old Filipino-American Nonito Donaire (38-5, 24 KOs), a former four-weight world ruler.

“Fighter of the year, knockout of the year, multiple division world champion. I have had all the belts. I am a big, big name to put in people’s resume.”

Donaire has prepared himself in Las Vegas, USA under his new mentor, 78-year-old legend Kenny ‘King Kenny’ Adams, a coach of twenty-six professional world champions.

“I am looking for number 27!” said Adams. “He is already a champion, I am just adding to what he is doing.”

“Kenny sparked my initial desire for learning again,” said Donaire. “It has been amazing to learn new things. He’s doing a fantastic job, there is great mutual respect between us; it just works. There is never a limit to learning.”

Donaire is looking forward to compete at 118lbs in the World Boxing Super Series.

“I was giving the opportunity to be part of an amazing tournament and I know I can win it,” said ‘The Filipino Flash’.

“Burnett is a smart, rugged guy and I don’t doubt what he’s capable of, so I will use everything in my capabilities to take that away. It is going to be an exiting fight. My fights are always exciting.”

Ryan Burnett (19-0, 9 KOs), who is trained by renowned British coach Adam Booth, is ready to put Donaire and any other opposition in the WBSS on his resume.

“I am fighting Nonito Donaire, a great champion,” said No 1 seed, 26-year-old Burnett of Northern Ireland.

“I picked Nonito, because the better the fighter the better I become. I am close to have everything I ever wanted in life. That’s why I have this mad hunger to smash through every single object in front of me. And I will.”

Ryan Burnett

On the line Saturday in Glasgow:

Fans at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow will be treated to a spectacular doubleheader featuring two Ali Trophy Quarter-Final contests as Scottish Super-Lightweight star Josh Taylor takes on the undefeated American Ryan Martin.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s WBA World Champion Ryan Burnett meets former four-weight World Champion, Filipino-American Nonito Donaire in a Bantamweight Quarter Final.

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