Although the fight was very anticlimactic due to Burnett's untimely injury in the middle of the fight, it was a fitting comeback for the 35-year-old Donaire, who recently lost to another British world champion, Carl Frampton, for the interim WBO world featherweight title last April in Belfast, Ireland.
The Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire Jr captured another world title when he defeated Irish former WBA bantamweight world champion Ryan Burnett in a freakish 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. "Ryan, I believe, has slipped a disc or has a back injury".
Referee Howard Foster stopped the fight before the start of the fifth round and declared Donaire Jr.as the victor by TKO.
Burnett, erstwhile undefeated, waved before the fifth round could start and was stretchered out of the ring with Donaire holding the ropes for him, drawing plaudits for his "classy act".
On the line is Burnett's WBA World bantamweight title and a place in the semi-finals of the prestigious World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament.
Burnett, for his part, warned Donaire not to look past him as he will do everything to keep the world championship and be the one to contest for other bantamweight world titles. "I came into this fight as the bigger guy and my coaches snapped me out of it and told me to box".
"Ultimately, I felt really good and learned a lot and saw a lot of what I'm capable of in the division". It is going to be an exciting fight.
Josh Taylor put in a powerful performance to defeat Ryan Martin in Glasgow with a seventh-round stoppage. Taylor will face Ivan Baranchyk (19-0, 12 KO's) in the semifinals.