McGuigan Wants Josh Taylor To Box, Not Brawl, With Baranchyk

Promoter Barry McGuigan is expecting fireworks when his man, undefeated Josh Taylor, challenges dangerous world champion Ivan Baranchyk for the IBF super lightweight title in Glasgow on Saturday.

The contest is part of the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series. The winner will face WBA champion Regis Prograis.

"Despite the fact we believe he didn't want to come to Scotland, he will fight very, very hard," promoter and former champion McGuigan told BBC Scotland. "It's a terrific scrap and Josh will have to be at his very best."


Taylor, rated number two in the tournament, entered the semis after beating Ryan Martin in his quarter-final, while Baranchyk battered Sweden's Anthony Yigit in the first round.

McGuigan expects the champion to make it a war, after getting outboxed in the early stages.

"He'll realise that he can't outbox Josh," McGuigan said. "I think he'll come at him."

McGuigan, a former world champion, does not want Taylor to get lured into a brawl. He wants the skilled fighter to box smart from start to finish.

 "It's about being disciplined," McGuigan said. "He has to be cool and calm.

"Josh has to be on the ball from start to finish because this guy will be dangerous for the entire fight. What's important for me is that Josh keeps his head. I think it's best to make it a boxing match and he has to be cautious early on."

"I don't think he was switched on for that fight," he added. "He had a few issues outside of the ring and wasn't as focused as normal. The early rounds weren't going his way either. When you can switch yourself on, and be able to turn it around against a world-class operator like Postol, that just shows you his capabilities. That was the fight that turned it around for him."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4Pdunny on 05-15-2019

looking forward to this one!

Comment by Justintimothyko on 05-15-2019

Taylor TKO 10. Baranchyk gets off to a fast start, maybe even drops Taylor, until Josh makes adjustments.

Comment by Red Skull on 05-15-2019

Nah, let there be war. I think Josh has the goods to easily win with just simply going for him.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 05-15-2019

Taylor better not brawl with the Beast!

Comment by Jwil20 on 05-15-2019

So many talk about this being easy fight for Taylor... barring Glasgow cooking, I see it being a lot closer than 4/1. I dont get the Josh Taylor hype. Ive seen all his fights hes a good boxer but not…

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