Nonito Donaire admits to feeling hunted ahead of Ryan Burnett clash in WBSS

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Filipino-American Nonito Donaire 38-5 (24) has admitted to feeling like has a target on his back ahead of his World Boxing Super Series quarterfinal clash with WBA bantamweight boss Ryan Burnett 19-0 (9) at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland this Saturday night.

“I have pretty much achieved everything in boxing,” said the 35-year-old ‘Filipino Flash’, a former world champion in four weight classes.

“Fighter of the year, knockout of the year, multiple division world champion. I have had all the belts. I am a big, big name to put in people’s resume.”

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Burnett, the No.1 seed in the WBSS tournament, admits he sees Donaire as just another obstacle he needs to get through to achieve his life goals.

“I am fighting Nonito Donaire, a great champion,” said the 26-year-old Northern Irishman, who is trained by renowned British coach Adam Booth. “I picked Nonito, because the better the fighter, the better I become.

“I am close to having everything I ever wanted in life. That’s why I have this mad hunger to smash through every single object in front of me. And I will!”

Veteran Donaire sees the WBBS tournament as a big opportunity to close out his Hall of Fame career with a bang.

“I was giving the opportunity to be part of an amazing tournament and I know I can win it,” said Donaire, who has teamed up with veteran coach Kenny Adams in their bid to claim the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy.

“Burnett is a smart, rugged guy and I don’t doubt what he’s capable of, so I will use everything in my capabilities to take that away. It is going to be an exciting fight. My fights are always exciting!”

The 78-year-old Adams, who has trained Donaire in Las Vegas, Nevada for this fight, has his own motivation for victory: adding another fighter to the list of 26 professional world champions he has trained.

“I am looking for number 27!” said Adams. “He is already a champion, I am just adding to what he is doing.”

“Kenny sparked my initial desire for learning again,” added Donaire.

“It has been amazing to learn new things. He’s doing a fantastic job, there is great mutual respect between us; it just works. There is never a limit to learning.”

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