In 2018 we saw a lot of fighters end lengthy breaks from the ring, and show they still had more to give us. We had fighters like Kazuto Ioka return from retirement to fight for a world title at the end of the year, Shohei Omori return from a broken jaw to put himself back in the world title mix and Akira Yaegashi go from being stopped in a round by Milan Melindo to score a win in a FOTY contender against Hirofumi Mukai.
For us however the Comeback of the Year was Nonito Donaire, who looked who looked old and tired when he lost to Carl Frampton back in April, but a move down in weight and having a chance in the World Boxing Super Series saw him upset Ryan Burnett in November to become the WBA Bantamweight "Super" champion.
Whilst he was helped by Burnett suffering a bad injury it was still an ultra competitive bout before the injury and it looked like Donaire had gone from a washed up 35 year old, who couldn't pull the trigger, to being a top Bantamweight once again, returning to a division he hadn't fought at in over 7 years!
We'll see what Donaire has left in the tank in 2019, with a bout against Zolani Tete in a WBSS Semi-Final bout, and a if he manages to upset the South African it's going to be very hard to write him off in the final.
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