Ireland's Ryan Burnett has lost hold of his WBA world-bantamweight belt in a World Boxing Super Series quarter-final clash against the vastly experienced Nonito Donaire. Not sustained during a clash with Donaire, it would appear that an errant punch thrown by Ryan Burnett resulted in a freak back injury.
And Burnett will face Donaire before facing Zolani Tete in the semi-final of the Super Series and McAuley believes Burnett will defend his WBA title tonight.
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.
16, Donaire brings to the ring a solid 38-5 win-loss record with 24 Kos while Burnett, a gold medalist in the 2010 Youth Olympics, comes in with an immaculate 19-0 card with nine Kos. "Burnett will be too good for him and win the fight".
While Donaire is no longer in his peak, he remains a livewire foe for an up-and-comer like the 26-year-old Burnett.
"I think I'm back to being the devastating guy, I've always been devastating even at 126, they fear my power".
Referee Howard Foster stopped the fight before the start of the fifth round and declared Donaire Jr.as the victor by TKO.
Former four-weight world champion Donaire, dropping down from featherweight to fight in the bantamweight for the first time in seven years, showed great sportsmanship to check on a shell-shocked Burnett after dethroning him in such odd circumstances. Tete defeated Mikhail Aloyan last month on points to advance. "Early on he just kept coming at me", said Donaire after the fight.