Burnett loses WBA title after suffering freak injury

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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. "I can't throw a shot there".

Donaire advances to the WBSS semifinal round and will next face Zolani Tete of South Africa, the WBO bantamweight champion, who won his quarterfinal fight against Mikhail Aloyan of Russian Federation last month. He has 25 wins by knockouts.

It left Donaire to be named WBA "Unified" World Champion, with a semi-final against WBO champion Zolani Tete to come in early 2019.

"A win is a win and it wasn't the way I would like to win, but I give it to (Ryan) Burnett". He is an unbelievable fighter.

Going down to the bantamweight division for the first time since defeating Omar Narvaez in 2011 will not be a hindrance to his aim of sweeping all the division's world titles, said Donaire, 36.

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.

Former WBC super lightweight world champion Viktor Postol (30-2, 12 KOs) picked up a ten-round decision Siar Ozgul (14-2, 3 KOs) and Former world champion Paul Butler (27-2, 14 KOs) outscored Yoan Boyeaux (41-6, 26 KOs) picked up a ten-round decision as well.

What was a solid back-and-forth encounter with both fighters having their moments in the early rounds was suddenly waved off, with Burnett unable to go on.

Donaire who hasn't made the 118 pound limit in almost 8 years could be doing harm to his body dropping down full two weight classes at his age but he has told the media that the weight was no issue and he feels fresher than ever.