Bur­nett hope­ful of re­turn

Irish Daily Mirror - - SPORTS - BY CARL KENNEDY

RYAN Bur­nett says the back in­jury that ended his reign as WBA ban­tamweight world cham­pion is “not ca­reer-end­ing”.

The 26-year-old Belfast fighter left the ring at Glas­gow’s SSE Hy­dro on a stretcher at the end of the fourth round of his WBSS quar­ter-fi­nal against Nonito Don­aire last Satur­day.

“I have torn mus­cle fi­bres in my right in­ter­nal oblique,” he said in an In­sta­gram post.

The stop­page ended Bur­nett’s pre­vi­ously un­de­feated pro­fes­sional record.

“A por­tion of the mus­cle has also de­tached from the bone where it in­serts,” added Bur­nett, who has re­turned to Belfast for fur­ther treat­ment.

Af­ter the third round, Bur­nett could be heard telling trainer Adam Booth: “I can­not move it. I can­not throw a shot.”

He dropped to his knees in the next round af­ter at­tempt­ing to throw a punch, and pulled out of the fight at its con­clu­sion.

The abrupt end­ing meant Don­aire claimed a world ti­tle at 118lb for the first time in eight years, and pro­gressed to a semi-fi­nal against

South Africa’s WBO cham­pion Zolani

Tete.

It is un­clear as to how long Bur­nett will be out of ac­tion for, al­though he added that the in­jury would re­quire: “In­ten­sive treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.”

STRUG­GLE Bur­nett is downed by back in­jury

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