Burnett lost to Donaire due to injury

Aubrey Yates
November 6, 2018

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.

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.

New WBA bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire hopes Ryan Burnett can make a swift recovery after a freak back injury ended the Northern Irishman's unbeaten record.

Four-division champion Nonito Donaire attempts to join the country's growing list of world champions today when he challenges Ryan Burnett for the World Boxing Association bantamweight crown at the13,000-capacity SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

Although Burnett (19-0, 9 KOs) is the champion heading into this fight, he will face his most experienced opponent yet.

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Donaire, who last fought as a bantamweight in 2011 when he bested Omar Narvaez in NY, however, believes his power will carry him through against the native of Belfast, Ireland.

The victor will set up a duel with WBO champion Zolani Tete in the WBSS last four.

Donaire was on the front foot in the third, but Burnett continued to come forward in a contest which was bubbling up nicely until being so cruelly cut short. That fight is planned to take place sometime in early 2019.

"Burnett will just be too fast, slick and young for Donaire to deal with". Tete defeated Mikhail Aloyan last month on points to advance.

The victor between Burnett and Donaire takes on Tete in the semifinals.

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