'Freak Injury' Ends Ryan Burnett's Hold On The WBA Belt

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Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr.is once again a world champion after dethroning Northern Ireland's Ryan Burnett in their World Boxing Super Series Quarterfinal bout to become the new WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Champion, Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland.

There appeared to be problems after the third round, when Burnett could be heard telling coach Adam Booth: "I can't move it". He dropped two divisions and eight pounds in weight in order to take on Burnett.

Former four-weight world champion Donaire, dropping down from featherweight to fight in the bantamweight for the first time in seven years, showed great sportsmanship to check on a shell-shocked Burnett after dethroning him in such unusual circumstances.

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

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"I think I'm back to being the devastating guy, I've always been devastating even at 126, they fear my power". The round ended with Burnett going back to his corner, clearly hurting, and the fight was called off there.

"Ultimately, I felt really good and learned a lot and saw a lot of what I'm capable of in the division".

Donaire won via that, now he will face Zolani Tete in the semi-finals. Tete outpointed Mikhail Aloyan in Russian Federation last month in a WBSS quarterfinal. "But aside from that I don't really [know much], but I'm very excited for the fight".

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