From Jeff Aranow: The World Boxing Supr Series Light-welterweight Championship semifinals will be taking place between Regis Prograis vs. Kiryl Relikh along with Josh Taylor vs. Ivan Baranchyk in a Double Header in four Weeks from Currently on May 11th or 18th in Glasgow, Scotland, according to RingTV. Both of these conflicts will soon be interesting to see. All four of these contestants can punch, and all these looked good in their recent quarter final fights.
This ’s good news to its boxing fans that want to find that the tournament play out to it’s end. Prograis (23-0, 19 KOs), who is considered by most as the favorite to win against the WBSS 140 lb tournament, has invested a lot of time in participating in this tourney. Had Prograis not taken a part, he likely would have already battled WBC light welterweight champion Jose Ramirez, and taken his own title by now.
In case Prograis, then 29, wins that fight, then he’ll likely need to wait patiently before end of the season before he faces the winner of the Taylor vs. Baranchyk fight in the final of the WBSS tournament. In case the tourney ended prior to in end, it would have been a big waste of time for Prograis and another fighters who have taken part inside. By the time Prograis does fight May, he’ll have been out from the ring to seven weeks. This ’s bad clearly.
In case the tournament proceeds to the conclusion and doesn’t get hammered, then it’ll be really worth it for Prograis to sit and wait patiently all this time every time he’s got to fight at the tournament. In case Prograis will win the tournament, he’ll appear whilst the IBF/WBA unified light welterweight champion, and they can use that belt to take care of the other title holders Jose Ramirez [WBC] along with Maurice Hooker [WBO] in a unification fight. The winner of this tournament May Want to consider moving up to welterweight to proceed after conflicts against the likes of Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr., Shawn Porter along with Terence Crawford.
The winner of this tournament should be able to pursue WBC champion Jose Ramirez along with WBO champion Maurice Hooker in a unification fight. Earlier Prograis entered the WBSS tournament, he had been the interim WBC 140-pound champion, and he was supposed to get a title shot against Ramirez. But, that likely has gone out the door now he’s in the tournament. Ramirez’s promoters at Top Rank will need to be onboard with allowing him to fight the winner of the WBSS tourney, be it Prograis or one of those different contestants. It would be fine to its boxing fans if Top Rank gives the greenlight to Ramirez confronting the winner of this tournament.
2012 Olympian Taylor, 28, conquered a listless looking Ryan Martin (22 1, 12 KOs) by way of a 7th round knockout within their quarter final fight on November 3 last year in Glasgow, Scotland. The fight wasn’t interesting since several boxing fans thought it would be, as ‘Blue Chip’ Martin, 25, looked like that had been reluctant to throw punches through of this fight. It was the oddest thing. Martin gets got the power and skills to let his hands go, but he simply wouldn’t even doit. Finally the fight must be stopped after Martin was slightly buzzed at the seventh. Actually, Martin didn’t even have enough experience to be more fighting from the WBSS tournament against a guy like Taylor.
The fight must be stopped in round seven by the petition of their ringside physician as a result of Yigit’s left eye having swollen shut. It was a competitive fight. Even though Yigit lacked punching ability, he gave Baranchyk really a tough fight from beginning to finish. In case Yigit had any power, it would have an interesting fight, and we may possibly have seen an upset. With the success, Baranchyk captured the vacant International Boxing Federation 140 lb title that had recently been vacated by Mikey Garcia, who didn’t even want to stick around the branch to guard the belt against the Russian fighter after won the strap in his old fight against Sergey Lipinets.
Prograis conquered former WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (33-2, 13 KOs) by way of a 12 round unanimous decision within his quarter final fight last year on October 27 in New Orleans. The Prograis vs. Flanagan fight was more competitive than most fans thought it would be. Prograis looked like he fighting in 1st gear the whole game, and only rarely did he measure the gas to turn it up a notch. When Prograis did step up the pressure in the 8th, he fell Flanagan, and had him near being knocked out. Prograis didn’t even go to that finisher though to get the KO. In rounds nine through twelve, Prograis fought as if he had been content to gain a choice. He wasn’t even stepping it against Flanagan how he needed to for him to get him out from there. It looked like Prograis has been showboating a whole lot, and content to just win a choice. Because of his part, Relikh, 29, defeated former WBA light welterweight champion Eduard Troyanovsky (27-2, 24 KOs) by an in depth 12 round unanimous decision on October 7 within their quarter final fight in the World Boxing Super Series 140 lb tournament at the Arena, in Yokohama, Japan. It wasn’t really a good sign to see Relikh struggle so poorly to defeat the 38-year-old Troyanovsky, who’d been knocked out in the 1st round two years earlier in the day by Julius Indongo in December 2016.
Josh Taylor vs. Ivan Baranchyk definitely is the most useful of the two light welterweight semifinal fights. With that fight, there’s some intrigue at to who will triumph. Baranchyk has lots of punching power, and he’s young at 25. Unlike Ryan Martin, Baranchyk isn’t even hesitant to let his hands go. There’s a chance that Taylor could eliminate the fight when Barancyk sets it on him, but he’s going to need to accomplish something very special for him to gain a decision. The scoring Taylor’so fight against former WBC light welterweight champion Viktor Postol past June really raised a few eyebrows. The fight, which happened in Taylor’s hometown of Glasgow, Scotland, seemed to be quite a close spot at which Josh just barely squeaked out a win within the 34-year-old Postol (30-2, 12 KOs). Nevertheless, the judges surprised the boxing fans by scoring it wide in Taylor’s favor by the dozens 117-110, 118-110 and 119-108. Baranchyk might should really thrash Taylor to him to be provided with a decision him over. It would take Baranchyk’s best interest to take out the judges of drama entirely by rapping Taylor out to ensure there’s no way that the fight can be performed. You always hope that the judges will do a great job of scoring a fight, but with how the Taylor-Postol fight ended with scores turned in by the three judges working the fight, it would be advisable for Baranchyk to make sure he doesn’t even suffer the same fate by allowing the judges put their twist on the outcome.