What Donaire Told Burnett After Winning The World Title

Florence Fletcher
November 6, 2018

Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr.is once again a world champion after dethroning Northern Ireland's Ryan Burnett in their World Boxing Super Series Quarterfinal bout to become the new WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Champion, Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland.

Donaire (39-5, 25 KO's), 35, who was competing at 118 pounds for the first time since 2011, will meet Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KO's), the WBO bantamweight titleholder in the WBSS semifinals.

A freak injury handed Ryan Burnett the first loss of his professional career and cost him his WBA Bantamweight title as his suffered a fourth round TKO against Nonito Donaire.

Donaire and Burnett were shaping up to be having an interesting fight with Donaire loading up and swinging big bombs and Burnett appearing to box and get into his groove quite well as the fight progressed early on. Tete outpointed Mikhail Aloyan in Russian Federation last month in a WBSS quarterfinal.

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The overall victor next year will become the undisputed bantamweight champion and will also walk away with the inaugural Muhammad Ali trophy.

"At that moment I was already getting my groove on", Donaire said by phone after the victory. "I've got to give it to Burnett". The Irish champion is eager to make a statement by defeating the ring legend and adding his name to his growing resume.

Burnett, erstwhile undefeated, waved before the fifth round could start and was stretchered out of the ring with Donaire holding the ropes for him, drawing plaudits for his "classy act". He is an awesome fighter.

Martin is a tough fighter from America and is coming off a win against Breidis Prescott.

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