Taylor Confident He'll Beat Martin, Then Baranchyk In WBSS Semis

By Keith Idec

Josh Taylor envisions his journey to the World Boxing Super Series’ 140-pound final going through Ivan Baranchyk after he beats Ryan Martin.

The Scottish southpaw is scheduled to meet Martin in a WBSS quarterfinal November 3 at SSE Hydro in Glasgow. Taylor “doesn’t care who” wins another quarterfinal between Russia’s Ivan Baranchyk (18-0, 11 KOs) and Sweden’s Anthony Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs) on October 27 in New Orleans, but Taylor expects to battle Baranchyk in the semifinals.

Baranchyk and Yigit will square off for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title. Mikey Garcia gave up that championship after defeating Sergey Lipinets by unanimous decision to win it March 10 in San Antonio.


“I think Baranchyk will probably get through that,” Taylor said Monday during a press conference in Glasgow. “But if so, I’m confident about that. And if Yigit wins it, I know I’ll win that fight as well. I’ve had experience with him in the ring as a professional [in sparring] and I’ve had experience with him as an amateur as well. So I’m more than comfortable with winning that fight as well, so I’m not really bothered who I face.”

Belarus’ Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs), the WBA super lightweight champ, already has advanced to the semifinals. Relikh out-boxed Russia’s Eduard Troyanovsky (27-2, 24 KOs) to win a unanimous decision in their quarterfinal October 7 in Yokohama, Japan.

Relikh will face whoever wins the main event October 27 in New Orleans – hometown hero Regis Prograis (22-0, 19 KOs) against England’s Terry Flanagan (33-1, 13 KOs). Prograis will defend his WBC interim super lightweight championship in that bout.

“I’m not really fussed about any of the opposition,” said Taylor (13-0, 11 KOs), who beat Ukraine’s Viktor Postol (29-2, 12 KOs) by unanimous decision in his last fight, June 23 in Glasgow. “I think I could beat every single one of them that’s in this competition. But that being said, they’re all very good fighters. They’re all very competitive. They’ve all had good amateur careers and, you know, they’re very tough fighters. They’re all undefeated, I think. They’re all stiff competition, but I’m fully confident I’m gonna come away with that trophy.”

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 Chrismart on 10-19-2018

I'm looking forward to watching Taylor through-out this tournament. I think he's top fighter and was actually a bit off his game against Postol. I think he was a bit too eager and took a while to settle. Postol is…

Comment by Clegg on 10-19-2018

[QUOTE=The Smash;19204361]Prograis and his people will not agree to it. It's a £50 plane ride to get from Edinburgh to any of those places.[/QUOTE] He's already agreed to it. WBSS pays guys well but they have to agree beforehand to…

Comment by 1hourRun on 10-19-2018

The winner of Ivan Baranchyk/Anthony Yigit will find it difficult to keep the IBF in the second round of the WBSS vs. Taylor or Martin, but not as hard as the American Regi Prograis who should overcome the far more…

Comment by Vinnykin on 10-19-2018

[QUOTE=The Smash;19204361]Prograis and his people will not agree to it. It's a £50 plane ride to get from Edinburgh to any of those places.[/QUOTE] Nonsense. I hope they have it in Canada, Mexico or Cuba.... I wouldn't honestly care if…

Comment by Mister Wolf on 10-18-2018

Prograis better refuse to fight this guy in Scotland no matter what they offer.

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