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.
He then defeated Zhanat Zhakiyanov to add the WBA World title and become a unified champion in only his 18th fight as a professional. He now holds the silver version of the WBC belt and is coming off a huge win over former world champion Viktor Postol.
In scoring the win at SSE Hydro Arena, Donaire also made it to the semifinals of the bantamweight division of the unique tournament pitting champions and contenders across all four pro boxing governing bodies-World Boxing Council (WBC), WBA, International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).
"At that moment I was already getting my groove on", Donaire said by phone after the victory.
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Other results saw Inoue stop Jua Carlos Parayano on October 7 and Tete win by decision over Mikhail Aloyan on October 17.
The overall victor next year will become the undisputed bantamweight champion and will also walk away with the inaugural Muhammad Ali trophy.
Josh Taylor could be back in Glasgow sooner rather than later. Burnett (19-1, 9 KO's), who came into the fight as the champion, appeared to injure his back after throwing a right hand in the fourth round. I don't want to win in this way (I told him).
Paramedics attended to Burnett's injuries as he was carried out of the ring. He is an fantastic fighter. That fight is planned to take place sometime in early 2019.