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Ryan Burnett eases back into contention

Ryan Burnett wins return six months after Nonito Donaire injury, writes Jonny Stapleton from ringside
Ryan Burnett returns
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Belfast • May 17

RYAN BURNETT eased back into world title contention with an impressive performance against Jelbirt Gomera at the Ulster Hall on May 17.

The former unified world champion lost his WBA bantamweight title after a freak back injury forced him out of his World Boxing Super Series quarter-final with Nonito Donaire in November.

Nonito Donaire vs Ryan Burnett
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That defeat, the first of his career, stalled the Belfast fighter’s march toward potentially collecting more titles via the tournament and having a serious claim to being one of Ireland’s greatest ever fighters before he even reached his late 20s.