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Zepeda vs Baranchyk: Pros react to insane fight and knockout

Everyone who tuned in for Zepeda-Baranchyk was rewarded with one of the best fights you’ll ever see.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

In one of the best fights anyone’s ever going to see, Jose Zepeda and Ivan Baranchyk went to war tonight in Las Vegas, ending in the fifth round with Zepeda scoring the final of a total eight knockdowns, this one a knockout blow to secure the victory.

We really can’t stress that this isn’t just hype in the moment, this was a truly unbelievable fight. Zepeda was down twice in the first, the two traded knockdowns in the second, Baranchyk was down again in the third and fourth, Zepeda was down again in the fifth, and then finally Baranchyk was caught with a vicious KO blow to end the fight that same round.

Boxing can be an exceptionally frustrating sport to love and follow as we do. There are robberies, there are terrible and puzzling political decisions from sanctioning bodies, too many dumb belts creating mass confusion, and too often a dearth of top fighters actually fighting other top fighters.

Tonight wasn’t just a reminder of what brings us all back — good fights can do that. This was an elite-tier exceptional fight.

Here’s what some of the pros had to say after it was over:

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