By Ciaran Gallagher, courtesy of The Daily Star

ADAM BOOTH reckons Ryan Burnett could “melt” Lee Haskins in their Belfast battle.

Bristol’s Haskins has travelled across the Irish Sea to defend his IBF world bantamweight title at the SSE Odyssey Arena.

The bout will mark the first time that undefeated ‘Belfast Boy’ Burnett has headlined a big televised fight card in his home city and he is expected to have the backing of a vocal Irish crowd.

And trainer Booth, who previously helped the likes of David Haye and Andy Lee to world titles, insists that Burnett will turn up the heat in his first world-championship bout.

“Ryan’s got a lot of fire in his belly,” said Booth. “He has a rage inside him that at any given moment can burn him and he has to control it.

“But if the time is right to try and melt this fella with the heat and the intensity, I know it’s there.

“I’ve seen that Ryan has this extra gear. That extra gear is called ‘crazy’ and he has it, with absolutely no thought or care about what may or may not happen to him or what the end result will be. Ryan is ferocious - he’s ready to do whatever he has to do.”

Burnett, 25, was an Olympic and World medallist for Ireland at youth level as an amateur.

But many believe that Booth has yet to let Burnett off the leash as a pro.

The Irishman’s last five bouts went the distance. But Burnett claims he will show his nasty streak and said: “I know myself that I can be nastier than everyone’s seen, but Adam’s taught me how to hold that back and be patient with it and unleash it at the right time.

“Against such a high-level fighter, the opportunity will arise where I can be as nasty as I can possibly be and I think you’re definitely going to see the best Ryan Burnett.”

Haskins, a 37-fight veteran, is heading into his second full world-title defence.

The Bristol southpaw is a big underdog but Haskins said: “I know what I’m capable of.”