Donaire wins WBA bantamweight title after Burnett retires with back injury


Donaire will take on WBO champion Zolani Tete in the semi-finals in early 2019.

The Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire Jr captured another world title when he defeated Irish former WBA bantamweight world champion Ryan Burnett in a freaky 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. "I've got to give it to Burnett".

Donaire - who lost to ex-world two weight champion Carl Frampton in Belfast in March - previously held titles at flyweight, super bantamweight and featherweight- and he also an interim champion at super flyweight.

He added: "Burnett is a smart, rugged guy and I don't doubt what he's capable of, so I will use everything in my capabilities to take that away".

Taylor comes from Scotland and will have the hometown advantage going into the fight.

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Nonito Donaire once again a world champion.
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"First off, I want to acknowledge and thank God and my archangels for everything they put before me tonight", tweeted Donaire who slid back to 118 pounds where he scored many of his most explosive conquests. "That's why I have this mad hunger to smash through every single object in front of me", Burnett said.

At 35-year-old, Donaire (39-5 win-loss record with 25 knockouts) said that age was "nothing but a number" and boasted, "I still have that speed".

It was not the way that Donaire would have wanted to win and ever the sportsman, he made a point of checking on Burnett immediately after the referee waved the bout off.