IBF bantamweight champion Lee Haskins gets over his first major hurdle in defending his world title against Ryan Burnett in Belfast on Saturday night – by taking the ferry today due to his fear of flying. Haskins puts his crown on the line for the third time at the SSE Arena Belfast, live on AWE TV in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the UK, and the Bristolian knows he’s in for a hostile reception as he tries to hand Burnett his first pro defeat in front of the passionate Belfast fans.
“I’m not the greatest on planes so we chose to get the ferry over,” said Haskins. “It’s going to be a hostile crowd but truthfully it doesn’t bother me. I’ve boxed away time and time again so I know what’s coming. I’ve boxed in Monaco, Belgium and Morocco and in plenty of backyards in the UK. It doesn’t bother me, a ring is a ring.”