Ryan Burnett vs Nonito Donaire: Youth vs Experience!
Undefeated Super WBA bantamweight champion and the number two seed, Ryan Burnett is looking to send a message to the remainder of the field. He’ll attempt to do so when he takes on four-division champion Nonito Donaire.
The 26 year-old British fighter will be attempting his third defense of the WBA title. This fight is “boxer vs puncher” and if you follow these two fighters you know who’s who. Burnett has the age advantage and is the fresher fighter.
For him to be successful he’s going to need to box and work the body of his older opponent. While Burnett isn’t a huge puncher, his body attack wears his opponents down. His three knockdowns over Lee Haskins are proof of this.
Donaire, a future hall of famer, is no stranger to the big stage. He has competed against the likes of Vic Darchinyan, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Fernando Montiel and Carl Frampton just to name a few.
He is a puncher that has the ability to box as he’s shown throughout his career. That sneaky left-hook that has put many to sleep is still a dangerous weapon even at 35 years-old.
Against Carl Frampton, he showed he still had gas in the tank to compete with today’s best. In that fight, he hurt Frampton with his left-hook but wasn’t able to finish him off. It must be pointed out the fight took place at featherweight where Frampton was eight pounds bigger than Burnett.
This eight pound difference figures to be beneficial for Donaire as his power may be more potent. This gives him a better chance pulling off the upset.
I feel Donaire will turn back the clock and shock Burnett and the rest of the boxing world by winning the Super WBA bantamweight title by late round stoppage.
By: Jerrell Fletcher