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Ryan Burnett gives update after losing World Title in freak circumstances

“This is boxing.”

Ryan Burnett is taking a measured view of his freak world title defeat last night in Scotland.

The Belfast man lost his WBA title and was eliminated from the World Boxing Super Series when he was forced to pull out of his clash with Nonito Donaire after the fourth round in Glasgow.

Burnett went down clutching his hip after throwing a punch in the fourth – having seemingly complained of an injury following the third – and pulled out at the break of the round.

The Irishman required oxegen and needed to be stretched from the ring at the SSE Odyssey

The exact nature of the injury was unknown at the time and there was talk of everything from slippe discs to dislocated hips.

Today Burnett has revealed that his “back went” as well as noting that it was not his decision to quit – something most already assumed.

In a post to Instagram this afternoon Burnett said that “I’m absolutely heart broke.”

“My back went, I tried to continue but I was simply in too much pain, this is Boxing, I’m gutted but it was completely out of my control, thank you everyone for your support.”

Further details, such as the profected recovery time and the exact nature of the injury, remain forthcoming and it is being reported that Burnett will undergo further scans tomorrow.


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie