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Zepeda vs Baranchyk full fight video highlights of Fight of the Year leader

Jose Zepeda and Ivan Baranchyk put on an all-timer on Saturday night.

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

Saturday night’s Top Rank Boxing main event between Jose Zepeda and Ivan Baranchyk was expected to be a good fight, two real contenders at 140 pounds in a well-matched bout, but nobody expected what we got.

Zepeda (33-2, 26 KO) and Baranchyk (20-2, 13 KO) traded knockdown after knockdown — eight in all, should’ve been nine — led to a vicious fifth round knockout win for Zepeda in what was instantly the Fight of the Year, the Knockout of the Year, and really, an immediate all-time classic.

If you missed the fight, here are some highlights, and man they are truly highlights for once:

Various pros were floored by the fight, just as fans and media were, and promoter Bob Arum called it “one of the best fights I’ve seen since Foreman-Lyle. Plain and simple.”

Nothing can ever quite duplicate seeing a fight go down live in real time, but even on replay this is an astoundingly action-packed, exciting fight, with an edge of your seat sort of vibe pretty quickly, if not from the very first round — where Zepeda went down twice — then definitely from the second, where it became clear these guys could do big damage in any exchange.

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