IT WAS a successful return for five-division world champion Nonito "Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr. after scoring a freakish fourth-round victory to dethrone British World Boxing Association (WBA) super world bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett and win the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Diamond bantamweight title in the World Boxing Super Series quarterfinals in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday.
The duel beginning was for Burnett, which was significantly higher than that of Donaire in speed, but in the middle of the fourth Burnett threw a right hook, which apparently led to a back injury, that Ryan injured on the face, got down on one knee, holding the right glove for the back.
The defeat denies Burnett the chance to fight Zolani Tete in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series.
The defending champion Burnett was in control for the first two rounds of action, before Donaire, a multiple-time world champion, rallied in the third and fourth rounds.
The victory was a bounce back for 35-year-old Donaire (39-5), who lost in his previous fight against Mr. Burnett's compatriot Carl Frampton in April by way of unanimous decision.
And McAuley says Burnett should get rid of Donaire in Glasgow.
Burnett knows that, of course, saying that Donaire is going to be his toughest test.
Donaire, a former four-division world champion, also expressed concern for the fallen boxer as he went to his corner after the bout.
Tete defeated Russian Mikhail Aloyan in their quarterfinals last month.
While he's no longer as fast with his hands and sharp with his reflexes, Donaire, the 2012 Fighter of the Year, definitely can't be taken lightly by any contender in the 118 to 126 weight classes. Rodriguez is slated to clash with Australian Jason Moloney next.