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Josh Taylor defeats Ivan Baranchyk to advance to the WBSS Super-Lightweight Finals

By. BrotherJR

May 18, 2019

In what turned out to be a highly entertaining fight at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, Josh Taylor had his rough moments for show. However he did more than enough to defeat Ivan Baranchyk by unanimous decision (117-109, 115-111, 115-111) to win the IBF Super-Lightweight world title and advance to the WBSS Super-Lightweight tournament final

Taylor (15-0, 12 KO’s) started the fight doing and excellent job of using his footwork to not only stay away from the power-shots of Baranchy, but also create angles to land shots. As is his custom, Baranchyk (19-1, 12 KO’s) came forward intent on landing big shots.

In the fourth, Taylor seemed to get the attention of Baranchyk with body-shots. In doing so Taylor showed the ability to stand on the inside and go toe to toe with the hard-charging Baranchyk.

Taylor was stunned in the fifth from a right uppercut from Baranchyk. The Scottish fighter was also showing facial damage as he was cut over his left eye.

After finding his bearing from a rough fifth round, Taylor exploded with power shots towards the end of the sixth round. With :45 seconds to go in the round, Baranchyk went down from a Taylor right hook. And with seconds to go in the round, Taylor put Baranchyk down for a second time. Luckily for Baranchyk, the bell may have saved him from being stopped.

The defending IBF champion has the attitude of a warrior and to his credit he came back fighting hard in rounds 7, 8, 9,. In the tenth round Baranchyk seemed to slow down slightly and for the first time Taylor was forced the champion to back up.

Sensing he was behind on the cards, Baranchyk went all out during the final two rounds. With the crowd on his feet, Taylor did totally back aways as at times he stood right there and fought with Baranchyk. At the final bell, the Glasgow crowd rose to its feet roaring in approval of what they witness from the performance of their Scottish charge, Josh Taylor.

After the fight, Taylor was joined in the ring by his opponent for the WBSS Super-Lightweight final, WBA Super-Lightweight champion Regis Prograis. While both Taylor and Prograis kept it respectful, each fighter said they’re amped up at the opportunity to face one another. The WBSS Super-Lightweight title between Taylor and Prograis looks to be one of the better fights to happen in 2019 as each fighter are just hitting their primes.

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Inoue destroys Emmanuel Rodriguez to advance to the WBSS Bantamweight Finals

By. BrotherJR

May 18, 2019

The WBSS Bantamweight semi-final between WBA champion Naoya Inoue and IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez was anticipated to be one of the better fights of the weekend and more intriguing bouts of 2019. However, it was Inoue who once again lived up to his nickname of “Monster” as he annihilated Rodriguez in two rounds at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland to unify the WBA/IBF Bantamweight titles and advance to the WBSS Bantamweight Finals.

In the first round Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KO’s) came out as the aggressor behind the jab, forcing Inoue (18-0, 16 KO’s) to fight on the back foot. However, Inoue responded well by doing a nice job of countering with right hands and left hooks.

The fight took a similar pattern at the start of the second, but that’s when the vaunted power of the Japanese superstar surfaced. Twenty-one seconds into the second round, Inoue landed a solid left-right that stunned Rodriguez.

Seconds later Inoue landed with another right to the head, followed up left hook to the chin that put Rodriguez on the deck. Rodriguez got up, but was obviously hurt and bleeding from the nose.

It was at this point where Inoue smelled blood and pounced. Rodriguez went down for a second time in the round way of a left-right to the body. While the Puerto Rican once again rose to his fight, he was writhing in pain.

Inoue then poured on the punched finishing his salvo with a left hook to the body that put Rodriguez down for a third time in the round. Rodriguez was done, and referee Michael Alexander called a halt to the bout with 1:41 to go in the second round.

This was once again a devastating performance by Naoya Inoue as he may be the most explosive fighter in the sport. During the post-fight interview he was asked about the opponent for the finals, WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Nonito Donaire.

While Inoue said he no plan of strategy to fight Donaire yet, he’s really looking forward to the challenge. Donaire, who was at ringside and in the ring during Inoue’s post-fight interview said he’s always felt that it would be him and INoue in the finals and he’s also looking forward to the challenge.

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