Now with the win, Donaire advances to the World Boxing Super Series semifinals where he will have a shot at reclaiming the WBO title when he faces Zolani Tete.
IT WAS a successful return for five-division world champion Nonito "Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr. after scoring a weird fourth-round victory to dethrone British World Boxing Association (WBA) super world bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett and win the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Diamond bantamweight title in the World Boxing Super Series quarterfinals in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday. I don't want to win in this way (I told him).
As promised, Donaire made weight on his first try, tipping the scales at 117.7 pounds on Friday, slightly lighter than Burnett's 117.8, and heading to his 17th world title appearance.
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.
"He (Burnett) was fast, strong and caught me with some good punches", he added. It is going to be an exciting fight. Burnett came right back up but the injured back forced him to be cornered by Donaire as Donaire unleashed a flurry of punches while the now-former champion could only defend.
"I picked Nonito because the better the fighter, the better I become". I am close to having everything I ever wanted in life. That's why I have this mad hunger to smash through every single object in front of me. "My fights are always exciting".
At 35-year-old, Donaire (39-5 win-loss record with 25 knockouts) said that age was "nothing but a number" and boasted, "I still have that speed".