Donaire seizes WBA world bantamweight title

Hope Soto
November 6, 2018

It was a triumphant occasion for Nonito Donaire, who captured the WBA bantamweight title and moved on to the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series by defeating Ryan Burnett by fifth-round TKO at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday.

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.

Burnett enjoyed plenty of early success with his whip-like left jab and appeared to take the first two rounds thanks to that jab and some clever one-two combinations, which kept Donaire from finding his rhythm.

Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire is the new World Boxing Association bantamweight super champion.

"Next, I would like to send prayers of healing to Ryan Burnett and thank him for sharing the ring with me".

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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".

Burnett had begun the fight well, picking his shots and landing several nice jabs before seeming to have Donaire rattled with a vicious one-two in the third round. It is going to be an exciting fight.

"At that moment I was already getting my groove on", Donaire said by phone after the victory. That's why I have this mad hunger to smash through every single object in front of me.

Donaire (39-5, 25 KOs) will meet Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KOs), the defending WBO bantamweight titleholder. The Filipino-American fighter is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Carl Frampton for the interim WBO featherweight title in April.

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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