Josh Taylor Dominates Ryan Martin To Reach World Boxing Super Series Semifinals

Josh Taylor Dominates Ryan Martin To Reach World Boxing Super Series Semifinals

Josh Taylor Dominates Ryan Martin To Reach World Boxing Super Series Semifinals

Nonito Donaire Jr.is once again a world champion.

NONITO "The Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr. forced Ryan Burnett to retire in the fifth round after suffering a back injury on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) and snatched the World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight title via technical knockout (TKO).

The 26-year-old from Northern Ireland took a count of seven in the fourth round after sustaining what looked like a rib injury while in action against his 35-year-old opponent, a former world champion at four weights.

Burnett enjoyed plenty of early success with his whip-like left jab and appeared to take the first two rounds thanks to that jab and some clever one-two combinations, which kept Donaire from finding his rhythm.

"To go that way wasn't (the way) that I would like to win", said Burnett.

Donaire, who last fought as a bantamweight in 2011 when he bested Omar Narvaez in NY, however, believes his power will carry him through against the native of Belfast, Ireland. So at the moment, I really didn't know what was going on with it.

"First off, I want to acknowledge and thank God and my archangels for everything they put before me tonight", tweeted Donaire who slid back to 118 pounds where he scored many of his most explosive conquests.

"That's something I told him".

The Burnett-Donaire clash is part of the WBSS calendar pitting 8 topnotch bantamweights to determine the consensus world champion.

The Scot will now face Belarusian Ivan Baranchyk in the semi-finals - a fight that will also be for the IBF world title - early next year.

Tete defeated Russian Mikhail Aloyan in their quarterfinals last month.

The victor between Burnett and Donaire takes on Tete in the semifinals.

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