Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

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).

prograis-baranchyk

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 BoxingScene.com. “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 BoxingScene.com. 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.…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (11)
Top Headlines Breazeale: Anthony Joshua's 10 Times Better Than Deontay Wilder Warrington: No Problem With Rematch if Frampton Gets a Belt Joshua Buatsi Aims To Do a Real Number on Liam Conroy Nakathila Gunning for WBO Mandatory at Super Featherweight Whyte: Okolie a Joke, Without Joshua He'd Still Work at McDonalds Arum: Haymon, Wilder Were Wise To Walk Away From DAZN Deal Juan Antonio Rodriguez Shocks Mercito Gesta By Knockout Don King Tabs Shumenov-Goulamiriam as 'Thrilla in Kazakhstan' Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwarz Showdown Reportedly in Play Arum Smiles: Khan Will Fight Like a Man, Garcia Came To Survive! Andrew Moloney, Miguel Gonzalez on Weight For WBA Eliminator Luis Nery Eyes Nordine Oubaali, Naoya Inoue, Nonito Donaire Herring Cracks WBO Top 15, Awaits Approval For Ito Title Fight Kubrat Pulev: After Dinu - I Want My Revenge on Oscar Rivas! Lipinets: Peterson's Fighting Style WIll Bring Out the Best In Me Oscar Valdez Ring Return is Eyed For June 8th Marco Huck Training With Andre Rozier For Heavyweight Run Hurd vs. Williams, Korobov vs. Aleem - Finalized, May 11, FOX Michael Hunter: I Can Beat Any Contender, Any Champion Maurice Hooker Extends Pact With Hearn, Roc Nation Adrien Broner Hit With Restraining Order Over Caldwell Threat Bowen vs. McCorry, Gorman vs. Johnson on ESPN+ DAZN Reveals $99.99 Yearly Plan, Monthly Increase to $19.99 Photos: Edwards vs. Moreno, Okolie vs. Camacho - Final Presser Dalton Smith Inks Promotional With Eddie Hearn Malignaggi Fears Khan Will Take Vicious Beating From Crawford Schaefer: Spence is a PPV Fighter, Maybe They'll Face Him Now Breazeale: Fury Put On Boxing Clinic; No Way In Hell Wilder Won Warren: Kid Galahad Must Pull Out All Stops To Beat Warrington Photos: Charlie Edwards, Buatsi, Okolie - Putting in Work Lawrence Okolie Confident Wadi Camacho Will Go To Sleep Eubank Jr: It's Inevitable That I'll Share a Ring With Canelo Breazeale Smiles: Wilder is My 'Golden Ticket' To Joshua Rematch UK Boxing: Williamson, Butcher, McFadden, McGurk, Smith Lucian Bute Makes His Retirement From Boxing Official Once More To The Home Court For Lamont Peterson Spence: It Only Makes Sense To Fight Manny Pacquiao Next Photos: Mercito Gesta, Antonio Rodriguez - On Weight To Fight Eleider Alvarez vs. Jesse Hart is Possible For June 28 Wilder's Manager: DAZN Never Told Us What Joshua Was Getting
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement