Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Nonito Donaire defeats Ryan Burnett to win WBA bantamweight title

Ryan Donaire Presser Nonito Donaire defeats Ryan Burnett to win WBA bantamweight title
Kristopher Love | 07 November, 2018, 02:18

Should Donaire score a win, he will join Manny Pacquiao, Jerwin Ancajas and Vic Saludar the country's reigning world champions.

Burnett lost his unbeaten record in weird fashion at The SSE Hydro, damaging his back when he missed with a right hand in the fourth round.

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.

It was the first fight of Burnett's career in which he faced a good puncher, according to reports, and he wasn't ready for it. Burnett, who now has a 19-1 win-loss record, including, 9 knockouts, was doing good in the first two rounds against Donaire (39-5, 25 KOs).

Fact is, a 950 United Kingdom pounds bet on Burnett wins just 100 United Kingdom pounds while a 100-pound bet on Donaire gets 575 pounds in return.

The last time Donaire was victorious in the 118-pound division was back in 2011 when he defeated Omar Narvaez to retain the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles.

The Scot will now face Belarusian Ivan Baranchyk in the semi-finals - a fight that will also be for the IBF world title - early next year.

And Sauerland, chief boxing officer of tournament organiser Comosa AG, issued an open invitation to Burnett to rejoin the fray should anything happen to either Donaire or Tete ahead of their semi-final.

Other results saw Inoue stop Jua Carlos Parayano on October 7 and Tete win by decision over Mikhail Aloyan on October 17. "I know he'll heal up and be back in the ring soon", he added.

"I picked Nonito (Donaire) because the better the fighter, the better I become".

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