Ryan Burnett vs Zhanat Zhakiyanov

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Ryan Burnett vs Zhanat Zhakiyanov
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Date: 
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Location: 
The SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
118
Titles at Stake: 
WBA Super and IBF Bantamweight World Titles
Referee: 
Howard John Foster

Official Judging
Valerie Dorsett 118 - 110
Carlos Sucre 119 - 109
Pasquale Procopio 116 - 112

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IBF bantamweight world champion, Irish Ryan Burnett, takes on WBA champion, Kazakh Zhanat Zhakiyanov, in his backyard, at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

Zhakiyanov starts the fight, aggressive, and on the front foot, as he lands a few big shots to the head of Burnett, before the first session is mostly hustling, holding, it is messy, a lot of shots smothered, Zhakiyanov instigating this, seeming to dictate the pace, and probably nick the first round.

Burnett begins to establish some distance in round 2, and fires some clean shots at Zhakiyanov. Burnett sustains his intelligent boxing, and seems to take a lead after 5 rounds.

Rounds 6-8 are interesting, as the two fighters stand toe to toe for much of the rounds, Zhakiyanov, quite rarely, but still successfully landing short, spiteful hooks and the occasional hard uppercut clean, but for the majority of the time, it is Burnett getting the better of the exchanges, younger, faster, and more technically skilled. It seems Burnett is extending his lead.

Burnett seems to be taking over in round 9, as he manages to find more distance between him and Zhakiyanov, therefore, he is able to use his lateral movement, didn't a good rhythm, and catch a clumsy, predictable looking Zhakiyanov on the way in, with crisp, clean punches.

Zhakiyanov tries his best time rally, well conditioned, and still with plenty in the tank, he has plenty of success, manages to back up Burnett at times, is very busy, but Burnett, still able to have his fair share of success, as he fires back, with perhaps less, but lands the cleaner punches. The fight finishes with both warriors fighting their hearts out trying to defend their belts, the last 3 minutes are very close, as they trade leather, but as the final bell goes, there is no question as to who has won the fight, and become the unified champion.

Ryan Burnett wins via unanimous decision, and becomes the WBA and IBF bantamweight world champion, winning by 3 wide margins, 2 of them, very wide, at least 1 of them, too wide. Burnett and his team are extremely happy as he holds both world title belts, whilst Zhakiyanov and his team, applaud Burnett, and seem gracious in defeat. British boxing legend, Ricky Hatton (Zhakiyanov's trainer), congratulates Burnett, admits his fighter was beaten by the better boxer on the night, but is not happy about the judges who declared that Zhanat won 2 rounds or less.

Worryingly, there is concern for Ryan Burnett after the fight, concern regarding the well being of his brain, he was neurologically tested in hospital. Thankfully, much to everybody's relief, Burnett is then told that he will be fine, and he is free to leave the hospital.




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Ryan Burnett
                                                                    
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9.83
10
9.16
10
9.33
Zhanat Zhakiyanov
                                                                    
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9.16
9
9.83
9
9.83


Fan Cards: Ryan Burnett vs Zhanat Zhakiyanov


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
RYAN BURNETT
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
117
ZHANAT ZHAKIYANOV
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
111


scorecard by CAPMAN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
RYAN BURNETT
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
116
ZHANAT ZHAKIYANOV
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
112


scorecard by FLOYD TOUGH COMPETITOR MAYWEATHER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
RYAN BURNETT
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
116
ZHANAT ZHAKIYANOV
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
112


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
RYAN BURNETT
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
117
ZHANAT ZHAKIYANOV
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
111


scorecard by CHAMPION58
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
RYAN BURNETT
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
116
ZHANAT ZHAKIYANOV
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
113


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
RYAN BURNETT
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
116
ZHANAT ZHAKIYANOV
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
112


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

Great match up! Two world champions, everyone loves a unification bout in boxing.

I think Zhakiyanov will edge out the fight, but it will not be easy, especially in his opponent's backyard, I would not be at all surprised if Burnett, the favourite, was to win, and fair play to him if he does beat Zhakiyanov, it is one thing to dominate Lee Haskins, but to defeat a fighter like Zhakiyanov, that is different statement to make, I just hope Burnett gets the credit for it if he beats Zhakiyanov, because the Kazakh is very easy to underestimate, not unbeaten, not a big name, many hadn't heard of him until he defeated Ohio's Rau'shee Warren, a fight in which he was knocked down in, twice, but Warren also, I think and underrated fighter, so Zhakiyanov, definitely one of those fighters who is written off because people assume he is less of a fighter than he is, these sort of fighters can turn out to be very dangerous when the fight actually comes, then again, I'm sure Adam Booth won't have let Ryan Burnett underestimate Zhakiyanov, Booth is a good trainer, they will have prepared well for this fight, trained to fight a very, very tough opponent, I don't think Burnett will get stopped, certainly don't think he will get out classed, probably won't be wide, but I think Zhakiyanov will win.

Champion97's picture

Great performance from Ryan Burnett! And what a great win for him!, I thought he was going to come up short here, but he proved me wrong, boxed fantastically!
Zhakiyanov tried his best, did well, won rounds, sustained a high work rate, but wasn't able to produce the accuracy, the quality, or the the all round skill Burnett was able to, and in the end, Burnett was the clear winner. I thought a couple of those scorecards were a little bit wide, Zhakiyanov won more than 2 rounds I think really, certainly more than 1, 3-4 rounds don't win you a fight, he didn't win, but still, the judges were not fair, and that shouldn't happen in boxing.