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Troyanovsky: Baranchyk Can KO Josh Taylor in Later Rounds

‘The Eagle’ Troyanovsky, who previously held the IBF and IBO titles, fought for the WBA Super-Lightweight World Championship against Kiryl Relikh in a WBSS quarter-final in Yokohama, Japan last year.

A win for the 38-year-old Russian would have made him the oldest world champion ever in the 140 lb division, but over 12 rounds, in a very competitive battle, he lost to the Belarusian ‘Mad Bee’ on scores of 115-113 across the board.

Relikh is facing the number one seed American Regis Prograis in the semi-final and Troyanovsky sees a chance for his former foe to deliver an upset.

“For me, this fight looks like a 50-50 even though maybe people believe that Prograis is going to win the semi-final and tournament,” said Troyanovsky. “But Relikh is a man who doesn’t care what people think. It is really hard to give a prediction because it looks like a very close fight to me.”

The other super-lightweight semi-final, Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk, could also end in either blue or red corner.

“I see two scenarios: If Baranchyk will be able to regularly come close to Taylor, he can knock him out in later rounds!

“But if Taylor uses his long hands and height advantage to land punches from long distance, and doesn’t allow Baranchyk too much on the inside, he will take it home.”

Fans are encouraged to sign-up for Ticket Alerts to receive an email reminder when tickets can be purchased. All dates and venues for the sensational Season 2 semi-finals will be announced shortly.

WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:

Bantamweight

    Nonito Donaire vs Zolani Tete
    Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez

Super-Lightweight

    Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh
    Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk – 18 May, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland

Cruiserweight

    Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
    Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by jmrf4435 on 02-06-2019

he'll likely get outboxed like a Neanderthal will be a good fghth though

Comment by Mammoth on 02-06-2019

Organizers working with Baranchyk’s manager, David McWater, to pull the titleholder back into the fold and appease Taylor and Prograis in the process. The top two seeds want as many belts as possible up for grabs

Comment by Mammoth on 02-06-2019

Sources: There’s uncertainty surrounding Regis Prograis’ participation in the WBSS, but for now, organizers are moving ahead with the title fight against Kiryl Relikh in New Orleans, potentially in April. Zolani Tete vs. Nonito Donaire could be…

Comment by nick_viking on 02-06-2019

Taylor tends to get better as a fight goes on, if Baranchyk has any chance of knocking him out, it’ll be catching him cold early on.

Comment by GlassJoey on 02-06-2019

All Taylor needs to do is survive and he’ll get the decision in Glasgow. Taylor is no Yigit though, I expect he’s got enough to win.

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