Undefeated WBA Super World Bantamweight champion, Ryan Burnett, will defend his crown against his mandatory challenger, Yonfrez Parejo, at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31st.
Burnett claimed the WBA strap when he overcame Zhanat Zhakiyanov in a unification bout last October — adding it to the IBF crown he took from Lee Haskins in June.
Burnett unified the WBA strap with his IBF title when he overcame Zhanat Zhakiyanov in a unification bout in his hometown of Belfast last October.
As a unified champion, Burnett has two mandatories to fulfil and will now go head to head with Venezuelan contender, Parejo, on the undercard of Joshua vs Parker in Cardiff.
“I’m delighted to be added to this show it’s going to be an incredible experience to defend my World title in front of 80,000 in Cardiff,” said Burnett. “I don’t really get involved in the politics, but we knew that when we face Zhakiyanov that is was likely we may have to vacate one of the belts because of mandatories but I’ve unified the division, and now we move on to new challenges.
“I expect a tough fight against Parejo, our styles should gel for a great fight, and I’m looking forward to making another statement on March 31.”
“The IBF called an interim title bout between Rodriguez and Haskins, so we proceeded to make the fight with our WBA mandatory Parejo,” said Burnett’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “Last week we were notified that that bout would no longer take place and that Rodriguez team were not willing to negotiate and they called immediate purse bids. Our deal was already in place with Parejo so we will vacate our IBF title and continue to face our WBA mandatory.”