Burnett lost to Donaire due to injury

Burnett lost to Donaire due to injury”

He got back to his feet but gripped his waistline with his right glove and didn't answer the bell for the fifth round - retiring injured and leaving the ring on a stretcher.

Despite not having performed at 118 pounds since 2011, a span of 15 fights, and having to come down two full weight classes from his previous bout (an April 21 loss to Carl Frampton as a featherweight), Donaire still showed his trademark speed and quickness against the 26-year-old Burnett.

"Next, I would like to send prayers of healing to Ryan Burnett and thank him for sharing the ring with me".

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.

However, once back to his stool, it was quickly relayed to the officials by Burnett's coach Adam Booth that he could no longer continue.

Fact is, a 950 United Kingdom pounds bet on Burnett wins just 100 United Kingdom pounds while a 100-pound bet on Donaire gets 575 pounds in return.

"Burnett is an awesome fighter. Early on, he just kept coming".

Should Donaire score a win, he will join Manny Pacquiao, Jerwin Ancajas and Vic Saludar the country's reigning world champions.

However, with 50 seconds of the fourth round remaining, Burnett fell to his knee with the back injury that has put paid to his hopes of hosting Tete in Belfast next year and brought an end to his 19-fight unbeaten run as a professional.

The overall victor next year will become the undisputed bantamweight champion and will also walk away with the inaugural Muhammad Ali trophy.

Referee Howard Foster stopped the fight before the start of the fifth round and declared Donaire the victor by TKO.

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