Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Northern Ireland’s Ryan Burnett Loses Title Due To Mid-Fight Back Injury

Northern Ireland’s Ryan Burnett Loses Title Due To Mid-Fight Back Injury

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).

Donaire won via that, now he will face Zolani Tete in the semi-finals.

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

Donaire, a former four- weight champion, said: "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".

A victory by the Talibon, Bohol native will not only hand him the WBA title but also a chance to challenge world bantamweight champions from WBO, IBF, WBA and WBO as part of the World Boxing Super Series.

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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. Tete defeated Mikhail Aloyan last month on points to advance.

The overall victor next year will become the undisputed bantamweight champion and will also walk away with the inaugural Muhammad Ali trophy. "This tournament gives me an opportunity to showcase my capabilities against the best in this division". The Irish champion is eager to make a statement by defeating the ring legend and adding his name to his growing resume.

Burnett was able to survive the round, but was unable to continue due to a freak hip injury.

"Burnett is an incredible fighter".

Martin is a tough fighter from America and is coming off a win against Breidis Prescott.

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