In Scotland this evening we'll see Ryan Burnett (19-0, 9) battle against Filipino icon Nonito Donaire (38-5, 24) in a bout to secure the final place in the WBSS Bantamweight semi-finals, where they will face Zolani Tete. Burnett, the current WBA Bantamweight "Super" champion entered the the tournament as the #1 seed and selected Donaire as his opponent for the quarter final round, and will have known that Filipino hadn't fought at the weight in over 7 years and was also one of the oldest men in the tournament. Donaire was, however, also the biggest name among the non-seeded fighters.
Given the #1 seeding and Donaire's long absence from the Bantamweight division it should be no surprise that the 35 year old Filipino is the under-dog, and he has been priced as high as 6/1 to pick up the upset win. Burnett on the other hand is a 1/7 favourite to take home the victory, retain his title and advance to a bout with Tete.
There is some interesting odds on the Method of Victory market. A decision win for Burnett is 7/10, whilst a stoppage for Burnett is 34/13. A stoppage win for Burnett would be his first since stopping Robert Kanalas back in October 2015, since which he has had 8 decision wins. A decision for Donaire is a huge 12/1 whilst Donaire scoring a stoppage is available at 14/1.
Unsurprisingly, given the odds of a stoppage, the bout is expected to go the distance with 4/7 available on the bout going 12 rounds and 7/4 on the bout concluding early.
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Later today in Glasgow we'll see WBA Bantamweight "Super" champion Ryan Burnett (19-0, 9) face off with Filipino icon Nonito Donaire (38-5, 24) in the last WBSS Bantamweight quarter final.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men made weight, comfortably, and looked great on the scales.
The big worry leading into this fight was that Donaire wouldn't make weight, with rumours circulating that he was going to pull out and be replaced by Englishman Paul Butler, who has lost to two of the men already through to the semi-finals. Donaire however quashed those fears by weighing in at 117.5lbs and looked in amazing shape. This was the first time he had made Bantamweight in over 7 years, though we have to wonder whether or not he'd have been better off staying at 118lbs for that time rather than fighting as high as Featherweight, and looking a little big flabby when he did fight that high.
Burnett was, surprisingly, the heavier man at the weigh in, coming in at 117.7lbs. He also looked in great shape, though that was no surprise with Burnett usually looking in fantastic condition but being a bit of a smaller Bantamweight, rarely touching the limit.
The winner of this fight will be set for a WBSS semi-final bout against Zolani Tete in 2019, with the winner of that bout facing either Naoya Inoue or Emmanuel Rodriguez in the final.
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On October 7th Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14) [井上 尚弥] will kick off his WBSS campaign as he takes on American based Dominican fighter Juan Carlos Payano (20-1, 9). Inoue is the #2 ranked fighter for the tournament with the only man ranked above him being WBA "super" champion Ryan Burnett (19-0, 9).
On Friday it was confirmed that Burnett would begin his own WBSS campaign on November 3rd at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
By it's self that wouldn't be something we'd cover, but Burnett's opponent for that bout will be Filipino legend Nonito Donaire (38-5, 24), a multi-weight world champion and icon of Filipino boxing.
The bout between the two men will be one of two WBSS bouts on the card, along with a Light Welterweight contest between Scottish hopeful Josh Taylor (13-0, 11) and Ryan Martin (22-0, 12).
At the moment the two WBSS bouts are the only two to have been announced for the card.
On the subject of the WBSS shows it's worth noting that the under-card for the Inoue Vs Payano bout has been revealed by Japanese sources. As previously confirmed that card will be a triple header, with the Inoue Vs Payano contest being joined by a Light Welterweight bout between WBA Light Welterweight champion Kiryl Relikh (22-2, 19) and Eduard Troyanovsky (27-1, 24), and a Light Flyweight title bout between WBC Light Flyweight title bout between Ken Shiro (13-0, 7) [拳 四朗] and Milan Melindo (37-3, 13)
The WBSS kicked off Season 2 on Friday when it had the long awaited draft, which saw the seeds picking their opponents for both the Light Welterweight and Bantamweight divisions.
Among the fighters involved was WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14) [井上 尚弥], who was the #2 seed. Inoue arrived back in Japan this morning and spoke to the press about the experience and the tournament.
The Japanese star had hoped to face former multi-weight champion Nonito Donaire (38-5, 24), though saw Donaire being selected by the #1 seed Ryan Burnett (19-0, 9). As a result Inoue chose former WBA "Super" champion Juan Carlos Payano (20-1, 9), who in many ways was the second most distinguished of the none seeds.
Inoue told the press that he had wanted Donaire and that he had expected Burnett to take on Mikhail Aloyan (4-0), but with the option of facing Donaire not available he selected Payano due to his career and aura. Although there was clearly some disappointment Inoue did state that he was excited and and suggested there was no weak fighters in the tournament.
Inoue's promoter also answered questions stating that negotiations for the bouts venue and date were expecting to begin in August, so it would seem like that bout will be Inoue's final contest of 2018, sadly.
Interestingly it will be Inoue's first bout against a southpaw since he destroyed Omar Andres Narvez, in what was arguably the break out win for Inoue as he ripped the WBO Super Flyweight title from the Argentinian veteran. He has said he's not good with southpaws, but the evidence of the Narvaez bout would suggest Inoue is devastating against lefty's.
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Earlier today the World Boxing Super Series held it'd draft for Season 2, which included the Bantamweight division.
Before the draw took place the fighters were split into seeds and non-seeds. The seeded fighters were:
#1 Ryan Burnett (19-0, 9)
#2 Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14) [井上 尚弥]
#3 Zolani Tete (27-3, 21)
#4 Emmanuel Rodriguez (18-0, 12)
The #4 seeded Rodriguez had previously been ordered to face the unranked Jason Moloney (17-0, 14) in a WBO world title mandatory.
The left the remaining 3 seeds to select their opponents from the unranked fighters.
The #1 seed Burnett, the WBA "super" champion, selected former multi-weight champion Nonito Donaire (38-5, 24) putting together a very interesting match up.
The #2 seed, WBA "regular" champion Inoue, selected former WBA "Super" champion Juan Carlos Payano (20-1, 9) which left IBF champion Tete to face Mikhail Aloyan (4-0).
At the time of writing there is no set date or venues for the bouts, but we do know that the winner of Burnett Vs Donaire will face the winner of Tete's bout with Aloyan and the winner of Inoue's bout with Payano will take on the winner of the Rodriguez Vs Moloney bout.
By the final would see a unified WBA, WBO and IBF champion. Sadly though the WBC title will not up for grabs in the tournament, with that title still currently vacant.
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