Nonito Donaire fights Burnett for WBA bantamweight belt

Donaire joins the Elite circle of Filipino world boxing champions headed by WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, International Boxing Federation super flyweight titleholder Jerwin Ancajas and WBO minimum weight champion Vic Saludar.

Burnett had fought well for the opening three rounds but was forced to take a knee in the fourth, floored by a back injury that didn't appear to be caused by a punch.

The defending champion Burnett was in control for the first two rounds of action, before Donaire, a multiple-time world champion, rallied in the third and fourth rounds.

British oddsmakers have installed Burnett (19-0, 9 knockouts) the huge favorite to beat Donaire (38-5, 24 KOs) and send the five-division world champion into retirement.

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It was not the way that Donaire would have wanted to win and ever the sportsman, he made a point of checking on Burnett immediately after the referee waved the bout off.

Thus, the legendary Filipino again became world champion, after securing one of the versions of the WBA title at Bantamweight and took place in the semifinal of the world Boxing series, where he will meet with WBO champion Solani Aunt (28-3, 21 KO's).

While Donaire is no longer in his peak, he remains a livewire foe for an up-and-comer like the 26-year-old Burnett. The Irish champion is eager to make a statement by defeating the ring legend and adding his name to his growing resume.

Burnett started out well, landing several combinations to Donaire. He now holds the silver version of the WBC belt and is coming off a huge win over former world champion Viktor Postol. Rodriguez is slated to clash with Australian Jason Moloney next.

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