Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Donaire guns for WBA title against Irish in Glasgow

Donaire guns for WBA title against Irish in Glasgow

The Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire Jr captured another world title when he defeated Irish former WBA bantamweight world champion Ryan Burnett in a freakish circumstance Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila) at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, United Kingdom in the bantamweight quarterfinal of the World Boxing Super Series.

Burnett, 26, connected with a lot of combinations in the first two rounds, but Donaire Jr. regained his rhythm, as he hit his opponent with accurate punches until the early part of the fourth round, before the 26-year-old Irish fighter threw a right hand punch that hurt his back with less than a minute left.

Visibly distressed from the moment he had to take a knee in the centre of the ring, Burnett managed to survive the remainder of the round. The Scot was counted down, he was able to get up and to stay until the end of the round, but during the break, his corner, led by an experienced trainer Adam booth, made a decision to abandon to the obvious displeasure of the Burnett.

In a handsome show of sportsmanship, Donaire quickly rushed to Burnett's corner and shared his condolences with Burnett and his corner.

Nonito Donaire once again a world champion.

In the quarter-finals of the World Boxing Super Series, Burnett pulled up in the fourth round having slipped a disc, which ended his title defence. "This tournament gives me an opportunity to showcase my capabilities against the best in this division".

Also in the fold are WBA regular champion Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs) of Japan, International Boxing Federation champion Emamanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12 KOs) of Puerto Rico and World Boxing Organization titlist Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KOs) of South Africa.

Mr. Burnett was eventually able to finish the round but could not make a go after it, forcing him to surrender his belt.

"I've seen him before and I know what he's capable of", Donaire said.

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