Also in the fold are WBA regular champion Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs) of Japan, International Boxing Federation champion Emamanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12 KOs) of Puerto Rico and World Boxing Organization titlist Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KOs) of South Africa.
World Boxing Super Series will hold a live streaming event from Glasgow, Scotland on November 3rd featuring a bantamweight tournament quarterfinal Nonito Donaire vs. Ryan Burnett and super lightweight quarterfinal Josh Taylor vs Ryan Martin.
In the fourth round, however, Burnett hit the canvas due to a fight-ending injury to what appears to be the lower right-side of his back.
Burnett had begun the fight well, picking his shots and landing several nice jabs before seeming to have Donaire rattled with a vicious one-two in the third round.
"At that moment I was already getting my groove on", Donaire said by phone after the victory.
Each WBSS division champion will pocket $10 million, the prestigious Muhammad Ali Trophy and the bragging rights as the unified champion. So at the moment, I really didn't know what was going on with it.
"Next, I would like to send prayers of healing to Ryan Burnett and thank him for sharing the ring with me".
Burnett actually surrendered before the fifth round started after an apparent hip injury he suffered during the fourth round.
"Burnett is an wonderful fighter".
While he's no longer as fast with his hands and sharp with his reflexes, Donaire, the 2012 Fighter of the Year, definitely can't be taken lightly by any contender in the 118 to 126 weight classes.
Martin is a tough fighter from America and is coming off a win against Breidis Prescott.