In his own words, Chris Sanigar re­acts to Hask­ins­bur­nett

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FIRSTLY, con­grat­u­la­tions to Ryan Bur­nett for win­ning the IBF feath­er­weight ti­tle.

Ryan showed good speed, skill, and punch re­sis­tance to out­point my boxer Lee Hask­ins and was a wor­thy win­ner.

It was pleas­ing that the Belfast crowd cheered Hask­ins from the ring as it was a much more com­pet­i­tive fight than the score cards sug­gested. Lee showed true grit that is renowned from our camp, but he will be frus­trated at how often he was caught with the lead right hand.

I have sub­scribed to Box­ing News since 1973 and I have only writ­ten into the of­fice on a few oc­ca­sions, but the box­ing re­port has prompted me to clar­ify the facts on the Hask­ins-bur­nett con­test.

At the press con­fer­ence, I said Hask­ins would win the first six rounds. This was a ploy hop­ing that Ryan would come out fast and box at a pace that he was not used to box­ing. Lee at 34 was al­ways go­ing to have a prob­lem with the younger man’s speed, so our plan was on win­ning the lat­ter part of the fight.

I thought Hask­ins won the first round, also I be­lieve the judges did as two went 119 and the third 118. I also thought on the night Hask­ins had won the fifth that maybe how the 3rd judge saw it. Look­ing on TV maybe it was a drawn round but in the cor­ner, I was think­ing 2-3 or 1-1-3 Hask­ins was slightly be­hind go­ing into the sixth with our in­ten­tion of Lee up­ping the pace. He was hav­ing a good sixth when he sus­tained a freak shoul­der in­jury re­sult­ing in him not be­ing able to raise his right arm.

In that split-sec­ond Hask­ins mind was fool­ishly on the in­jury and stepped back without defence. Ryan threw a peach of a right hand that dropped Lee to the can­vas. Lee was con­scious and looked to our cor­ner point­ing at his shoul­der. He took the eight count and then rose to con­tinue box­ing and weath­ered Ryan`s on­slaught. I am dis­ap­pointed in the June 15 re­port as the in­jury was only briefly men­tioned. The in­jury was the most cru­cial part of the fight as it re­sulted in Ryan be­ing a clear win­ner. Lee had to box with one arm and his chances of vic­tory were now very slim. Ryan Bur­nett boxed well at dis­tance to win the sev­enth to the 12th. Lee had an MRI on his shoul­der last week and we are await­ing the re­sults.

Lee was not “felled heav­ily” in the 11th round but was clearly pushed, as it showed on the TV re­play. Lee in­di­cated that he was pushed and sprung up like a gym­nast. If that was a wor­thy knock down then when Hask­ins bun­dled Ryan Bur­nett down with punches and a shove in the sec­ond round that should’ve been counted.

I saw ref­eree Marcus Mcdon­nell af­ter­wards and I told him what I thought and he gave me his views, but that is be­tween two pro­fes­sional li­cence hold­ers.

The clash of heads in the sec­ond round clearly showed on TV that it was Ryan`s head that went into Lee`s head. I do not think it was in­ten­tional but it was dan­ger­ous and it did cause the cut on Hask­ins. Both box­ers con­ducted them­selves in a sport­ing man­ner prior, dur­ing and after the con­test as did both teams.

Lee came to see me last week and his first words were, “What`s next?” and “I am hun­gry to get my ti­tle back.” Lee is a two-time Bri­tish cham­pion, two-time Com­mon­wealth cham­pion and two-time Euro­pean cham­pion and now he wants to be two-time world cham­pion.

Full praise to Ryan Bur­nett, he was the bet­ter man on the night and I wish him and his team a bright fu­ture.

No­body knows what would have hap­pened if Lee did not have the in­jury, maybe a re­turn after Ryan ful­fils his manda­tory would be fair.


CLASSY PAIR: Hask­ins and Bur­nett were con­sum­mate pro­fes­sion­als be­fore, dur­ing and after their clash

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