Burnett suffered a back injury against Nonito Donaire last November
Ryan Burnett’s injury against Nonito Donaire seems to have been the catalyst for some major changes. Burnett has changed both promoter and weight class, making his Top Rank and super bantamweight debut against Jelbirt Gomera on May 17th.
Burnett (19-1, 9 KO) made no mention as to whether this will be a permanent move to 122 pounds.
The Belfast native was the #1 seed in the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament, allowing him the luxury of picking the seemingly washed Donaire as his quarterfinal opponent. Unfortunately, he wound up torquing something in his lower back, ending a competitive fight in the fourth round.
As mentioned elsewhere on this site, Gomera (14-5, 7 KO) is a gimme in every sense of the word. The Philippines native is currently on a 2-4 skid, including losses to 9-5-3 Nam Jun Lee and 11-16-1 Michael Escobia.
The event will air on ESPN+ and feature Marco McCullough vs. Declan Geraghty in the co-feature.