Belfastman Ryan Burnett has to be on the shortlist, alongside Britain's only other unified champion, Anthony Joshua, and Josh Taylor in my view, for British Fighter of 2017. First Burnett unseated tricky IBF bantam boss Lee Haskins in June then unified four months later with another clear points victory, this time over WBA Super king, Zhanat Zhakiyanov.
Next year could be even sweeter for Burnett, who theoretically has his best form still in front of him. We spoke to his highly respected trainer, Adam Booth, to get his take on the Ulster marvel, the other top bantamweights in the world, and on Ryan's next move.
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