Burnett claims IBF bantamweight title

Ryan Burnett defeated champion Lee Haskins to become the new IBF bantamweight champion with an impressive points win in Belfast on Saturday.

Burnett floored Haskins in the sixth and 11th rounds during a dominant showing, but won with only a split decision after one judge gave the fight to Haskins

Bristol fighter Haskins fought bravely until the last bell, but was outclassed by the Belfast native.

Burnett, 25, did enough in the opening few rounds, while a clash of heads in the second round left both fighters with cuts.

But the challenger took control thereafter punishing the 33-year old champ with his accurate right hand.

He put Haskins down in the sixth, although he managed to recover and make it through the round.

He carried on valiantly over the next few rounds before being put down again in the 11th, the bell saving Haskins this time as Burnett pinned him to the ropes.

Burnett could not find a finish in the last round, but went on to claim the win he deserved despite one referee bizarrely scoring the fight 118-108 in favour of Haskins. The other two gave it to Burnett 119-107.

Speaking after the fight, the Ulsterman said, “"I promised everyone that this belt would stay in Belfast and it has."

"Haskins made me work but I did it and it is my dream – I'm the champion of the world."

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