Nonito Donaire now holds a world title after last weekend’s World Boxing Super Series fight with Ryan Burnett but in his heart of hearts he surely knows that he’ll have to face Burnett again.
People say it is best to control your emotions which is true in everyday life, but, in a sport as passionate and enthralling as boxing, it’s hard for anyone with any bit of a heart beat in them to not feel sorry for Ryan Burnett this past weekend.
The Belfast man suffered a back injury mid fight to scupper his chances of winning the World Boxing Super Series and halt his incredible momentum he had built up after an impressive couple of years.
A couple of years that didn’t come easy to him and a period that his trainer Adam Booth revealed previously saw him and his father even living out of a car and eating scraps at one point on his way to becoming the world champion.
That’s what makes this even harder to watch knowing everything he came through to win the world title – snatched away from him in such cruel fashion:
What a class act Nonito Doanire is though.
A true champion and representative of the noble art which at the end of the day, despite its brutality, has always been and should always be a gentleman’s sport.
No doubt the rematch between these two will look to be made next year.