Ryan Burnett vs Nonito Donaire Preview Nov. 3rd
The World Boxing Super Series continues this Saturday, November 3rd in Glasgow, Scotland with unbeaten WBA ‘Super’ World Bantamweight Champion Ryan Burnett of Belfast, Northern Ireland taking on Nonito Donaire of the Philippines. Burnett last fought in March when he beat Yonfrez Parejo by unanimous decision. Donaire’s last bout took place in April when he dropped a unanimous decision to Carl Frampton in a shot at the vacant interim WBO Featherweight crown. The Burnett vs Donaire bout can be seen in most regions on DAZN. It’s also for the vacant WBC Diamond Bantamweight Title with the winner meeting Zolani Tete in the next round of the World Boxing Super Series.
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Burnett vs Donaire Betting Odds
- Nonito Donaire +654
- Ryan Burnett -879
The 26-year-old Burnett won the IBF Bantamweight title via a unanimous decision over Lee Haskins in June of last year and then won the WBA Super title by beating Zhanat Zhakiyanov by unanimous decision four months later. He then vacated his IBF belt before meeting Parejo earlier this year. Burnett climbs through the ring ropes with a perfect record of 19-0 with 9 kos. He turned pro back in 2013 and has boxed a total of 117 rounds since then. His toughest opponents have been Haskins and Zhakiyanov and he’s also beaten the likes of Jason Booth, Anthony Settoul and Ryan Farrag.
Burnett has average power as his current knockout ratio stands at 47 per cent and he’s been taken the distance in his last eight fights. Burnett’s last stoppage victory came back in October of 2015 when he halted Robert Kanalas in the second round. Burnett stands 5-feet-4-inches tall and has a reach of 66 inches. He enjoyed a fine amateur career before turning pro and has made the adjustment to the pro game quite well. He’s also won several regional and minor titles including the WBO European, the British, and the WBC International Bantamweight Championships.
As for Donaire, he’s a couple of weeks shy of his 36th birthday and should end up in the boxing hall of fame some day. He’ll be climbing into the ring with a record of 38-5 along with 24 Kos. He’s a former amateur star who moved to America as a youngster and is 13-4 with 8 Kos in world title fights. He’s a former four-division World Champion in the flyweight, bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight divisions and has won numerous regional and minor titles since turning pro in 2001. Donaire has boxed 267 rounds since turning pro with a current knockout ratio of 56 per cent.
His biggest wins have been over Vic Darchinyan (twice), Hernan Marquez, Fernando Montiel, Omar Narvaez, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., Jeffrey Mathebula, Toshiaki Nishioka, and Jorge Arce. Donaire’s losses have been at the hands of Jessie Magdaleno in 2016, Guillermo Rigondeaux in 2013, Nicholas Walters in 2014 and Rosendo Sanchez in his second pro bout in 2001. The only man to stop him was Walters in the sixth round and Donaire’s proven over the years to have a solid chin. He’s just over 5-feet-5-inches tall with a 68-inch reach, giving him an inch height and two-inch edge in reach on Burnett.
Donaire needs to utilize his power and speed and make sure he lands hard enough to make Burnett think twice before attacking him. The Filipino’s good at picking off his opponents when they move into firing range and he still has the power do some damage, but is becoming easier to hit as he ages. Donaire’s time may have come and gone, but this should be a close and intriguing fight with each boxer having his moments. It’s going to be hard for Donaire to win a decision in the UK, but if he has anything left in the tank he may just do enough to edge the relatively inexperienced champion.
I’ll go with Donaire in an upset here.
Play: Donaire +654 @ BetOnline.ag
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