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Superfight fever builds in Belfast ahead of Burnett fight

Superfight fever is building in Belfast as Ryan Burnett completes final preparations for his hometown world title defence.

He faces Zhanat Zhakiyanov on 21 October at the SSE Arena.

IBF bantamweight champion Burnett told UTV he wants to create a legacy by becoming the first NI boxer to unify the division on home soil.

"I paid most of my dues across the water in England," he said.

"Many people have asked me would you love to fight in Vegas, Madison Square Gardens and I say no, not at all - I want to be in Belfast.

"This is my home and this is were I enjoy to be."


Man charged in Paramilitary Crime Taskforce investigation

The man is due in court in the morning, police said.

A has been charged with membership of a proscribed organisation following a PSNI investigation into the activities of the UDA in west Belfast.

The 32-year-old was arrested as part of a Paramilitary Crime Taskforce operation and is due before Laganside Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Police added that he has been reported to the Public Prosecution Service for the offence of being concerned in the supply of Class A and B drugs.

NI fans scramble for tickets ahead of Switzerland ties

The scramble for tickets and flights has started for the Green and White Army ahead of Northern Ireland's World Cup play-off with Switzerland.

Some loyal supporters are concerned they'll miss out, with the tickets for both legs proving to be in short supply

Passes for the home game, at Windsor Park on the ninth of November, go on sale on Thursday morning.

The IFA says campaign card holders will have right of first refusal for their seats, then official members will get their chance on Friday.

Tickets for the away game will go on sale next Monday.

Some supporters have started planning their journey for the away game - but with only 19,000 tickets available in Switzerland securing a seat will not be easy, as Munier Abdalla reports.


'Time running out' for political deal - O'Neill

Ms O'Neill was speaking after the new deadline was announced. Credit: UTV

Michelle O’Neill has said Sinn Féin is still hopeful of a positive resolution in the current talks process, but challenges remain.

The party’s Stormont leader was speaking after Secretary of State James Brokenshire set a new deadline for a deal.

She said: "Sinn Féin is determined to achieve a successful conclusion and to see the institutions re-established.

"The institutions only have value if they enjoy the confidence of the people.

“Time is now running out for the DUP and British Government to decide whether they are prepared to end their denial of rights and implement previous agreements as basic requirements of any sustainable and credible government."

Man released in Paramilitary Crime Taskforce investigation

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A man who was arrested as part of a PSNI investigation into the activities of the UDA in west Belfast has been released.

The arrest followed a two-day operation by the Paramilitary Crime Taskforce.

Police said the 24-year-old has been released pending a report to the PPS for the offence of membership of a proscribed organisation.

A 32-year-old man, who was arrested as part of the same operation, remains in custody assisting officers with their enquiries.

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