- Nonito Donaire Jr. fought Ryan Burnett for the WBA bantamweight crown
- The Filipino Flash won via technical knockout
- The fight ended when Burnett was unable to continue due to a back injury
Nonito Donaire Jr. has become once again a world champion at the age of 35.
KAMI learned that his opponent, Irishman Ryan Burnett, was unable to fight after the 4th round, resulting in a TKO victory for the Filipino fighter.
With this win, Donaire was able to capture the WBA bantamweight title, his 7th world title, according to Rappler.
Burnett was not able to continue fighting after suffering a back injury in the 4th round, seemingly overextending his back muscle as he tried to catch Donaire with a big punch.
However, there are also reports that the injury was caused by a left hook from Donaire in the 3rd round but that it manifested in 4th round.
A highlight video of the competitive match has also gone viral online:
In the post-fight interview, Donaire said that it was not the way he wanted to win. He also expressed his hope that Burnett would fully recover soon from his freak injury.
"It's not the way I want to win, but a win's a win.
"He was fast, strong and caught me with some good punches…
"First off, I want to acknowledge and thank God and my Archangels for everything they put before me tonight. Next I would like to send prayers of healing to Ryan Burnett and thank him for sharing the ring with me. I know he'll heal up and be back in the ring soon!"
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