Prograis Expects To Battle Baranchyk In WBSS 140-Pound Final

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Regis Prograis saw something in Ivan Baranchyk when they met in Moscow three months ago that convinced Prograis they’ll meet again in the final of the World Boxing Super Series’ 140-pound tournament.

Prograis (22-0, 19 KOs) will encounter England’s Terry Flanagan (33-1, 13 KOs) in the quarterfinals Saturday night at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Prograis’ hometown. Russia’s Baranchyk (18-0, 11 KOs) and Sweden’s Anthony Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs) will meet in another quarterfinal on the Prograis-Flanagan undercard for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title.

The Prograis-Flanagan winner will box Belarus’ Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs), the WBA super lightweight champion, in the semifinals. The Baranchyk-Yigit victor will advance to a semifinal fight versus the winner of a November 3 bout between Scotland’s Josh Taylor (13-0, 11 KOs) and Cleveland’s Ryan Martin (22-0, 12 KOs).


DAZN will stream all of the WBSS 140-pound bouts in the United States.

Prograis expects Baranchyk and Taylor to square off in the semifinals on their side of the bracket.

“If they end up fighting, I pick Ivan Baranchyk to beat Josh Taylor,” Prograis told “Just because he’s real serious. After the pairing [July 20 in Moscow], we all went out to eat together – Baranchyk and his team and his manager. And he said, ‘Me and you are gonna be in the final.’ And we kind of toasted to it.

“He was real serious. And, you know, Russians are real serious, anyway. So he was like real serious about it. I seen in his eyes that he can pull of the win against Josh Taylor. Josh Taylor is a real good boxer. He can do all kinds of stuff – inside, outside, he’s fast, he’s real tall and long. But if he gets in a dogfight with Ivan Baranchyk, which Ivan Baranchyk will get in a dogfight, I think I can see Ivan Baranchyk pulling that off.”

The strong southpaw from New Orleans obviously believes he’ll beat Baranchyk. He acknowledged, though, that he’ll need to fight smart against the rugged Russian if they indeed fight for the WBSS’ Muhammad Ali trophy sometime next year.

“I think I’ll win, of course,” Prograis said. “I don’t think I’ll lose, you know, but I think it’ll be a tough fight because he’s gonna come to fight. I know I like to fight, but with somebody like him I’ll probably have to box. I probably would box, unless I get him hurt of something like that. Because I know he comes and he has power, too. He’s gonna come to fight. You know, so with somebody like that I’ll have to be way, way slicker, and don’t get in a firefight. Of course, unless I want to.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Idunnoshet on 10-25-2018

I agree that it'll be Prograis / Baranchyk in the finals . If so I go will Prograis to pick him apart and stop Baranchyk in the later rounds .

Comment by DuckAdonis on 10-25-2018

Relikh and Baranchyk are good but a little one dimensional too Josh Taylor and Prograis seem to be the best all around fighters in this tournament. Also I wouldn't sleep on Yigit, he has a good chance of outboxing Ivan

Comment by Mammoth on 10-25-2018

Prograis is going to **** up Relikh

Comment by sammybee on 10-25-2018

Relikh is a tough dude. Prograis should not look beyond him.

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 10-25-2018

... and while I'm here I'd just like to lead a round of applause for coke fiend Kalle and the WBSS. For my money the best thing to happen to boxing in a good while. :beerchug:Prost, you weird gurning bastard.…

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