Freak injury results in first career defeat for Belfast's Ryan Burnett

Freak injury results in first career defeat for Belfast's Ryan Burnett

Freak injury results in first career defeat for Belfast's Ryan Burnett

NONITO "The Filipino Flash" Donaire captured the World Boxing Association "super" world bantamweight title after stopping erstwhile champion Ryan Burnett of Great Britain in the fifth round of their World Boxing Super Series clash early Sunday morning (Manila time) in Glasgow, Scotland. Burnett immediately took a knee and received a mandatory eight-count from referee Howard Foster. The Irish champion is eager to make a statement by defeating the ring legend and adding his name to his growing resume.

Paramedics attended to Burnett's injuries as he was carried out of the ring.

He will now be forced to wait until the conclusion of the tournament to attempt to get back to world champion status in the bantamweight class. Burnett will not have another world title fight until late in 2019.

There appeared to be problems after the third round, when Burnett could be heard telling coach Adam Booth: "I can't move it". We're celebrating this victory, but again, I feel bad for him. But when [trainer] Kenny [Adams] and I started to connect, that's when I really started to box really well and started to use my speed.


The four-division champion will next face WBO titlist Zolani Tete of South Africa early next year.

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

Burnett knows that, of course, saying that Donaire is going to be his toughest test.

There was also a battle of the undefeated between junior welterweights Josh Taylor and Ryan Martin in a 140-pound WBSS quarterfinal. Taylor (14-0, 12 KO's) dominated Martin (22-1, 12 KO's), knocking him out inside seven rounds. Taylor will fight Ivan Baranchyk (19-0, 12 KOs) in the semifinals.

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