One of the main events of Boxing night in Glasgow, Scotland, and one of the most unusual outcomes of Boxing fights before the unbeaten Ryan Burnett (19-1, 9 KO's) ahead of time conceded after the fourth round, the former world champion in four different weight classes Nonito Donaire (39-5, 25 KO's).
Although the fight was very anticlimactic due to Burnett's untimely injury in the middle of the fight, it was a fitting comeback for the 35-year-old Donaire, who recently lost to another British world champion, Carl Frampton, for the interim WBO world featherweight title last April in Belfast, Ireland.
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. "This tournament gives me an opportunity to showcase my capabilities against the best in this division".
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.
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He added: "Burnett is a smart, rugged guy and I don't doubt what he's capable of, so I will use everything in my capabilities to take that away".
Should Donaire score a win, he will join Manny Pacquiao, Jerwin Ancajas and Vic Saludar the country's reigning world champions.
"At that moment I was already getting my groove on", Donaire said by phone after the victory. I am close to having everything I ever wanted in life. "My fights are always exciting".
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.