For a while there, it looked like IBF junior welterweight titleholder Ivan Baranchyk wasn’t going to go forward with his May 18 fight against Josh Taylor, a World Boxing Super Series semifinal in Glasgow.
It wasn’t that Baranchyk didn’t want the fight or anything, but there were highly-publicized issues with the tournament organizers, and Baranchyk indeed dropped out of the tournament. Things got fixed, the fight is on for Saturday, and Baranchyk says he’s ready to pull an upset.
“I am very confident of winning,” said Baranchyk. “I am going to beat Taylor by beating him again and again and then beating him some more.”
The 26-year-old Baranchyk (19-0, 12 KO) won his IBF belt on Oct. 27 last year in New Orleans, battering and stopping Anthony Yigit after seven rounds, leaving Yigit’s face a swollen disaster:
That’s the sort of punishment that Baranchyk will hope to dish out to Taylor (14-0, 12 KO), a highly-regarded fighter and the definite favorite this weekend.
“I know that Taylor is a talented fighter and that the fight is in his backyard, but I am looking forward to putting on a spectacular performance and defending my title,” Baranchyk said. “The boxing fans in Glasgow can expect me to beat up their hero.”
Baranchyk is now training with Freddie Roach, having split with Pedro Diaz. The winner of Taylor-Baranchyk will move on to face Regis Prograis later this year in the tournament final.