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Sauerland: “Is Inoue going to win the Ali Trophy in 10 minutes?! What a Monster!”

Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer wraps up Saturday’s semi-finals and looks forward to the cruiserweight semi-final showdowns on June 15 at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.

“What a night of boxing it was,” said Sauerland of Saturday’s breathtaking doubleheader at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow. “Taylor is already now a Scottish legend after a terrific performance against another true warrior. This sets up a 50-50 final against Prograis. Both fighters seem very confident of going all the way and it really could go either way.

“Inoue proved again why he is called the Monster, his power is simply from another planet. His total fight time in the tournament is now 5 minutes and 29 seconds, and neither Payano or Rodriguez had ever been dropped before. I mean, is this guy going to win the tournament in 10 minutes?!

“Inoue is clearly a phenomenon, absolutely unbelievable. And it is going to be a sensational final against Nonito Donaire, who produced one of the knockouts of the year in his semi-final and has been looking very comfortable and strong at bantamweight. It is going to be a huge spectacle.”

The WBSS returns on June 15 with an amazing doubleheader at the Arena Riga: Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki and Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti for spots in the cruiserweight final.

“We cannot wait to find our last finalists for the Ali Trophy,” said Sauerland. “But is it impossible to predict winners in these explosive match-ups. The throne in cruiserweight is empty and all four have the potential to be the new king.

“Briedis is obviously excited for the chance at redemption after dropping a majority decision to Usyk in last year’s semi-final, but he is up against a hard-hitting warrior in shape of Glowacki who has promised to bring war to Riga.

“Dorticos and Tabiti have a very entertaining beef right now going on at social media, and they both want to prove they are the best cruiserweight in the world. One thing is certain, we are in for another treat on June 15!”

The WBSS returns on June 15 with a sensational doubleheader at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia: Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki and Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti for spots in the cruiserweight final.

Tickets for the hotly-anticipated semi-final in Riga are on sale from: bilesuserviss.lv

WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:

27 April – Cajundome, Lafayette, LA, USA

  • Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh – Prograis W TKO6
  • Nonito Donaire vs Stephon Young – Donaire W KO6
18 May – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk – Taylor W UD12
  • Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez – Inoue W TKO2

15 June – Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia

  • Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
  • Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti

Roy Jones, Jr. protégé Ikram Kerwat 1st female boxer to headline on UFC FIGHT PASS

TUCSON, Arizona (May 22, 2019) – Tunisia native and mother of two, Ikram Kerwat, headlines this Thursday evening for her first time in the initial female main event streamed on RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS®, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, live from Casino Del Sol’s outdoor AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona.

Kerwat (9-1, 5 KOs), fighting out of Frankfurt, Germany, throws-down with 9-time world title challenger Simone DaSilva (15-12, 6 KOs), of Brazil, in the 10-round main event for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) female super featherweight championship.

Kerwat vs. DaSilva is presented by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions and Kerwat is trained by living legend and 10-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr.

“Ikram is an exciting fighter with awesome power and good hand speed,” Jones evaluated his protege. “She’s always looking to improve, and I look forward to her next voyage towards a world title.”

The 35-year-old Kerwat is a former WBC International female lightweight champion, who will be fighting in the United States for the fourth time as a pro boxer. “Fighting in the U.S. was always one of my biggest dreams,” she commented. “It’s amazing. I already have a fanbase and they are really awesome. I like the enthusiasm and positive energy of U.S. people.

“This is my first main event and I can’t wait to step into the ring. To be live streamed on UFC FIGHT PASS is very important to me, my fans and, of course, my family. My last fight was also live streamed on FIGHT PASS and it was amazing. I’m happy and thankful for that.

“I want to give a big shout out to my family and my coach and promoter, Roy Jones, Jr., his wonderful wife, Natlyn Jones, and, of course, the RJJ Promotions team for this opportunity and their kindness.”

(L-R) Ikram Kerwat & Roy Jones, Jr.

A pro since 2015, Kerwat first met Jones at the WBC Convention three years ago in Miami. “It’s an honor for me to lean from a legendary boxer like Roy,” she added. “He’s a boxing guru! Before I met Roy, I was a brawler, more of an aggressive fighter. Now, I’d say I learned to skillfully box. I’ve made a lot of improvements and I developed more, boxing-wise. I grew mentally, which is the most important part in boxing and life.”

Da Silva may have fought in nine world titles fights, but Ikram doesn’t feel that she’s at a disadvantage because of her opponent’s edge in quality experience. “My opponent is experienced, but this means nothing to me,” she remarked. “I fear nobody, but I respect all boxers who step in the ring. I do not underestimate anyone, nothing more, and nothing less. I don’t look at her, I look at myself. This is only thing I have control over. I do my job, live my dream, and I have fun doing it. I enjoy every single minute of it. This next step is very important for us. Every single fight brings me a step closer to my goal, which means that every single fight is significant for my career. Fights like this even more so.”

Although she had only three amateur matches, including a gold medal performance in the Berlin Championships and taking bronze in the German Championships, Ikram is positioning herself for a world title fight in the not too distant future, assuming she gets past Da Silva.

“I trained myself (as an amateur) and that wasn’t easy for me, because I really wasn’t a trainer, but I wanted it so bad and now even more,” Kerwat concluded. “I have two kids and I used to say boxing is my third child. And it’s the oldest. I protest and love it, making sure that I progress and develop, getting better and better.”

In the co-featured event, unbeaten bantamweight Max “The Baby Face Assassin” Ornelas (12-0-1, 4 KOs), ranked No. 11 in the world by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), as well as the reigning NABA USA bantamweight champion, clashes with Alex “Xhino” Rangel (17-9, 4 KOs), of Mexico, in an eight-round bout.

Tucson’s Alfonso Olvera (11-5-2, 4 KOs) meets Carlos “Silk” Villa (14-3-1, 6 KOs), of San Antonio, in the six-round Special Welterweight Attraction, and undefeated middleweight prospects, Tucson’s Nicholas Rhoads (5-0, 2 KOs) takes on Eduardo Ayala (4-0, 1 KO), of Phoenix, square off in a four-round match.

Former UFC fighter Joe “Diesel” Riggs (47-18-1, 1 NC), fighting out of Phoenix, makes his professional boxing debut in the FIGHT PASS opener versus pro-debuting Daviante Jones, also of Phoenix, in a four-round bout.

Undefeated Kazakhstan fighter Madiyar Asjkeyev (11-0, 6 KOs) faces Cecil McCalla (21-3, 8 KOs) to open the non-FIGHT PASS segment of the show in a 10-round bout for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super welterweight title.

A pair of Tucson middleweights, Arturo Resendiz (2-0, 2 KOs) and Jose “Raging Bull” Pena (2-1, 1 KO), are matched in the four-round swing bout.

ALGIERI: I STILL FEEL LIKE PART OF THAT BELT IS MINE

Chris Algieri hopes that a win over Brit Tommy Coyle at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1 will move him a step closer to a shot at WBO Super-Lightweight World Champion and Matchroom Boxing USA stablemate Maurice Hooker.

Algieri (23-3, 8 KOs) puts his WBO International title on the line for the first time against former Commonwealth Lightweight king Coyle, live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK, presented by Matchroom Boxing in association Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, knowing that a win could land him the opportunity to reclaim his WBO World title against reigning champion Hooker.

The New York warrior battled back from a pair of first round knockdowns to outbox and upset Ruslan Provodnikov to land the WBO crown in 2014 but was forced to vacate his belt when he stepped up to Welterweight to face modern legend Manny Pacquiao for the 147lbs title later that year.

“Winning this fight, which is all that me and my team plan on doing, puts us in a very good position for some of the top guys in the division,” said Algieri. “Potentially a World title fight with the current WBO World Champion Maurice Hooker who holds the title that I never lost in the ring. That’s what I have in my sights.

“I still feel like part of that belt is mine. That’s not to take anything away from the current champion Hooker, he earned it and he fought his ass off to get to the position that he’s in. I feel like I need another crack at that title because essentially part of it is me.”

Coyle produced a typically bullish performance as he outfought Ryan Kielczweski over ten rounds on his American debut in Boston in October last year. ‘Boom Boom’ is renowned for his toughness but Algieri says he is prepared to take the Hull fighter into the trenches to get the win next week.

“You know what you’re going to get with Tommy Coyle. He’s going to come over here in great shape and give it his all. He’s a tough guy and he comes to fight. He’s a blood and guts kind of guy, a kind of guy that I can get excited for. This is going to be a fun fight to watch and it’s going to be a fun fight to be in!

“You’ve got a guy like him who’s going to come forward. He’s going to be throwing and he’s

going to be fighting and he’s going to be hungry. Then you’ve got a guy like me who’s a master boxer who’s going to go out there and use his skills. At the same time, I’ve shown my ability to be tough, I’ve shown my ability to be gritty, and when I need that I can always tap into it.”

Algieri and Coyle clash on a huge night of action at MSG where Anthony Johua’s World title defence against Andy Ruiz Jr. is supported by Irish sensation Katie Taylor clashing with Delfine Persoon for the undisputed Women’s World Lightweight championship, Callum Smith defending his WBA World ‘Super’, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Super-Middleweight titles against Hassan N’Dam and Josh Kelly making his US debut as he defends his WBA International Welterweight title against Philadelphia’s Ray Robinson – with more exciting undercard additions announced this week.

JUDAH-SELDIN & PAPOT-MCGIRT TO BATTLE FOR TITLES ON JUNE 7TH

As the buzz continues to grow surrounding International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, the June 7th card at Turning Stone Resort Casino, proudly presented by JOE DEGUARDIA’S STAR BOXING is excited to announce that three titles and significant rankings are now at stake.

In the main event, 6-time world champion ZAB “SUPER” JUDAH (44-9 30KO’s) is set to take on New York knockout artist, CLETUS “THE HEBREW HAMMER” SELDIN (23-1 19KO’s), in a bout that has the boxing world ready for fireworks. Star Boxing is pleased to announce that both New York born fighters will be taking their shot at the NABA Super Lightweight Title in a 12-round bout. Judah enters this fight as a winner of his last two, by TKO and unanimous decision, respectively. Judah’s illustrious career includes an opponent list of elite boxing talent. With his eyes now set on a victory on June 7th, Judah hopes that it will lead to a super lightweight world title challenge in the near future.  Opposing Judah is New York, Jewish pugilist, Cletus Seldin, who has been feared as one of the hardest punching Super Lightweight fighters.  Seldin was one of the hottest prospects in NY and in 2017 he became the third ever fighter to make back-to-back featured appearances on HBO, alongside Hall of Famers, ROY JONES JR. and MIKE TYSON.  Seldin knows the kind of benefits that will come if he can add a victory against an elite, world known fighter like Judah, on June 7th.

Star Boxing is also pleased to announce that the co-feature bout, between undefeated Frenchman, DAVID PAPOT (22-0 3KO’s), currently rated #8 by the WBA and veteran JAMES “BUDDY” McGIRT JR. (27-3-1 14KO’s), will be for the vacant WBA Intercontinental and WBO International Middleweight Titles. A win for either fighter will be a major step towards a future world title challenge. Papot, the current French Super Welterweight Champion, will be making his United States debut, against the veteran McGirt Jr., who will be fighting in front of his father, JAMES “BUDDY” MCGIRT, as he will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on the same weekend.

WBSS Semi Final results- Inoue CRUSHES Rodriguez in 2, Taylor outpoints Baranchyk in Glasgow

Season two of the “World Boxing Super Series” Semi-Finals took place at the “SSE Hydro” in Glasgow Scotland on Saturday night, featuring the super lightweight and bantamweight divisions. The four participants Josh Taylor, Ivan Baranchyk, Emmanuel Rodriguez and Naoya Inoue held a combined record of 69-0 (51), the two bouts had a total of five championships at stake including “Ring Magazines” lineal bantamweight championship.

The night’s headliner would be between IBF super lightweight champion Ivan Baranchyk and WBC silver belt holder Josh Taylor. It was a tough fight with classic boxer versus slugger type style contrast, Taylor and his foot movement was able to keep Baranchyk behind a step for most of the fight and force him to miss a majority of his power punches.

There would be two knockdowns scored by Taylor in round six but Baranchyk like a true champion would get back up to continue fighting.

The later rounds showed Taylor slow slightly allowing Baranchyk to mount a slight comeback and even finish the 12th and final round pressing the action. When the final scores were read 117-109 and 115-111 twice, my own scorecard would read the same as 115-112.

With now both the IBF and WBC Silver 140 lb championships, Josh Taylor improved to 15-0 (12) while Ivan Baranchyk after suffering his first loss stands at 19-1 (12). The Super Lightweight finals will pit Josh Taylor against WBA Super and WBC Diamond champion Regis Prograis, the winner of that bout will not only be the “World Boxing Super Series” season two 140 lb champion but Ring Magazine division champion as well.

When Inoue and Rodriguez stepped into the ring, it appeared as though Rodriguez had more than just a one inch height advantage in fact he looked a division larger than Inoue.

The first round was close, Rodriguez pushed the action hoping to capitalize on his physical size advantage and edged the round. The second started with Inoue stepping back as Rodriguez moved in, a thunderous left hook would drop Rodriguez for the first time in his career.

Once up Rodriguez attempted to box for the outside, Inoue then was the fighter pressing the action and moved in with another huge hook this time it landed on the body of Rodriguez. Once down Rodriguez looked towards his corner shook his head no as if he was not OK, like a champion Rodriguez did climb off the canvas but his legs were shaky, nose bloody and gave the referee no indication he wanted to continue.

The fight would be waved off and Naoya Inoue claimed his fourth world title in three divisions along with boxing’s most valuable championship “The Ring Magazine” lineal title. With the win Naoya Inoue improved to 18-0 (16), this would be the first defeat in Emmanuel Rodriguez career he now stands at 19-1 (12).

The next stop for Naoya Inoue is the “World Boxing Super Series Finals” where he will face WBA Super and WBC Diamond champion Nonito Donaire to see who claims the “Muhammad Ali Trophy”.

In Undercard action

Super Featherweight– Martin Joseph Ward 22-1-2 (10) def. Antonio Rodriguez 6-20-8 (1) via UD 6.

Super Middleweight– Zach Parker 18-0 (12) def. Steven Crambert 8-5 (4) via TKO 4.

Lightweight– Chantelle Cameron 10-0 (7) def. Vaida Masiokaite 1-5-1(1) via TKO 2.

Bantamweight– Paul Butler 29-2 (15) def. Salvador Hernandez Sanchez 14-9 (9) via. KO 6 (Body shot)

Super Middleweight– John Docherty 5-0 (5) def. Wilmer Gonzalez 19-14-1 (12) via TKO 1.

Super Bantamweight– Reece McFadden 3-0 (1) def. Georgi Georgiev 7-15-1 (4) via UD 4.

Super Bantamweight– Lee McGregor 6-0 (5) def. Brett Fidoe 13-51-5 (1) via UD 6

IT’S ON! Taylor-Baranchyk & Inoue-Rodriguez all make weight in Glasgow

Josh Taylor & Ivan Baranchyk make weight in Glasgow

IT’S ON! Taylor-Baranchyk & Inoue-Rodriguez all make weight in Glasgow

Josh Taylor & Ivan Baranchyk and Naoya Inoue & Emmanuel Rodriguez are ready for their hotly anticipated WBSS Semi-Finals and World Title bouts tomorrow at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

WBSS Super-Lightweight Semi-Final & IBF World Championship:
WBC Silver Champion, Josh Taylor, Scotland (14-0, 12 KOs) originally weighed in at 63.6kg, 140.2 lbs 0.1 above the limit, but came back to weigh in at 63.5kg 139.9 lbs within an hour.
“I feel great,” said Taylor. “I can’t wait to get my hands on him and get the title to Scotland.”

IBF World Champion, Ivan Baranchyk, Belarus (19-0, 12 KOs): 63,3kg 139.5 lbs
“I feel great,” said Baranchyk. “I am ready, I am excited. I will win that’s one hundred percent!“

WBSS Bantamweight Semi-Final & IBF World Championship:
WBA Regular World Champion, Naoya Inoue, Japan (17-0, 15 KOs): 53,4kg 117.7 lbs
“He looks like he is in great shape,” said Inoue. “He is a good fighter and we expect a tough fight.”

IBF World Champion, Emmanuel Rodriguez, Puerto Rico (19-0, 12 KOs): 53,4 kg 117.7 lbs
“We are prepared,” said Rodriguez. “Tomorrow I will still be champion of the world!”

All the action will be live on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K.

WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:

27 April – Cajundome, Lafayette, LA, USA

  • Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh – Prograis W TKO6
  • Nonito Donaire vs Stephon Young – Donaire W KO6
18 May – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk
  • Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez

15 June – Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia

  • Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
  • Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti

Taylor at the final press conference: I am ready to do the job!

Press Release – 15 May 2019

Taylor at the final press conference: I am ready to do the job!

WBSS Super-Lightweight and Bantamweight Semi-Finalists Josh Taylor and Ivan Baranchyk and Naoya Inoue and Emmanuel Rodriguez met at the final press conference ahead of Saturday’s showdowns of the unbeaten’s at The SSE Hydro.

“I’ve never felt so relaxed and confident heading into a fight,” said Scotland’s Josh ‘Tartan Tornado’ Taylor (14-0, 12 KO’s), the WBC Silver champion who fights for his first World title on Saturday.

“I’m ready to do the job. Baranchyk is strong, he comes forward but I see a lot of flaws in him, a lot of mistakes and I’m going to exploit him. I cannot wait to get in and fight him.

‘”The World Boxing Super Series is the best guys in boxing all fighting against each other. It doesn’t happen enough and I’m in this game to prove I’m the best. I believe Baranchyk is one of the best in the division but I’m fully confident I’m going to win on Saturday.”

“I don’t mind being the visiting fighter,” said the IBF titleholder, Ivan ‘The Beast’ Baranchyk (19-0, 12 KOs). “I will fight every man, everywhere and I believe I can knockout Taylor on Saturday.”

The bantamweights felt equally confident of not letting their O’s go either.

“I have a lot of respect for Rodriguez and I expect a tough fight,” said WBA champion Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs). “I have studied him quite a bit, but you don’t really know him until you get in the ring. Once we are there I will figure out how to get the victory,” he said feeling confident of going all the way; “I entered the tournament to get the trophy.”

“I am very excited to be here,“ said IBF champion Emmanuel ‘El Sensacional’ Rodriguez (19-0, 12 KOs) who is putting his belt on the line on Saturday. “This fight with Inoue is something we wanted for a long time, so we are glad it’s happening. On May 18 I will still be the world champion!”

The winner of the bantamweight semi-final will face Nonito Donaire in the final, and Regis Prograis awaits the winner of the super-lightweight contest.

All the action will be live on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K.

WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:

27 April – Cajundome, Lafayette, LA, USA

  • Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh – Prograis W TKO6
  • Nonito Donaire vs Stephon Young – Donaire W KO6
18 May – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk
  • Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez

15 June – Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia

  • Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
  • Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti

Rodriguez Trainer- Inoue is not the ‘Monster’, Rodriguez is – This is war!

Press Release – 16 May 2019

Trainer: Inoue is not the ‘Monster’, Rodriguez is – This is war!

William Cruz, the trainer of IBF champ Emmanuel Rodriguez, explains why he pushed Naoya Inoue’s trainer at the media workout for Saturday’s WBSS bantamweight semi-final at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

“Team Inoue think they will beat us, and there is a lot of fans thinking ‘Manny’ will lose,” said Cruz. “But on May 18 Emmanuel Rodriguez will still be unbeaten. He will still be Puerto Rico’s world champion. For the ones who don’t believe it, you’ll see!”

The 28-year-old trainer, who has been with Rodriguez for five months, caused controversy when he pushed Shingo Inoue, Nagoya Inoue’s trainer-father, at Tuesday’s media workout.

READ: Inoue’s trainer/father pushed by team Rodriguez member at media workout!

“I don’t have a problem with the press doing their job,” said Cruz. “But Team Inoue was there watching and filming us training. So I played my part and put myself in front of them to make them stop filming. That’s the way it is.”

“As soon as ‘Manny’ arrived they started to look at him with an attitude to intimidate him. We didn’t come here to play. We came here to make them respect us. This is a war and it will end with our hand up. On Saturday people will see that the ‘Monster’ it’s not Inoue, it’s Rodriguez!”

“I trust the plan that I have made with my new coach William,” Said Rodriguez. “We have good chemistry and the result will show. This will be the first time that I’m not the favorite in a fight, but the motivation is huge. We want to make sure Puerto Rico continues to shine in boxing.”

All the action will be live on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K.

WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:

27 April – Cajundome, Lafayette, LA, USA

  • Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh – Prograis W TKO6
  • Nonito Donaire vs Stephon Young – Donaire W KO6
18 May – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk
  • Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez

15 June – Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia

  • Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
  • Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti

Baranchyk: “I want to be famous here, I want the Scots to become my fans”

Press Release – 15 May 2019

Baranchyk: “I want to be famous here, I want the Scots to become my fans”

IBF Champion Ivan Baranchyk is motivated by fighting in Josh Taylor’s backyard in the WBSS super-lightweight semi-final on Saturday at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

“I will win, one hundred percent,” said Baranchyk at Tuesday’s media workout ahead of this weekend’s World Boxing Super Series semi-finals. “Either I knock him out or I will put him down so many times that there is no doubt. Taylor has never run into a beast like me. This is going to be a new experience for him, something he’s never seen before. Let’s see how he handles it. I know how I will handle it.”

“I have a lot of respect for Josh Taylor,” ‘The Beast’ added. “I think this will be my toughest fight yet because both me and Josh are very tough fighters, really strong. But for me, it’s always better to knock the opponent out. Saturday night, there will be no need for the judges.”

The Belarusian residing in Miami, Oklahoma, said says he feels comfortable on foreign soil and he sees an opportunity to conquer new territory away from home in his first bout outside Belarus and the United States.

“I am not used to being the bad guy,” he said. “In the States, I have a big following, a big crowd. So this is the first time I’m really going to be the outsider, coming to a hostile environment. But I don’t mind coming to Glasgow for my first defence. It’s not tough for me. I’m comfortable, I’m excited and there is no problem with being here.”

“I’ve never fought in an arena where everybody wants me to lose! But I love that. It motivates me. I might not be popular, or famous here in Scotland. But I want to be famous here. I want the Scots to become my fans, and to have fans all over the world.”

And Baranchyk’s trainer Freddie Roach told has the plan to make it happen.

“I came up with a very good game plan and we are going for the knockout,” he said. “I have watched Taylor every night and day, and I am looking for the bad habits and there is quite a few.”

Josh Taylor, however, told it is written he will take Baranchyk’s IBF title.

“I am ready to become world champion on Saturday,” said Taylor. “This is my dream. I have dreamed about this for so long and for years I’ve wrote on bits of paper – ‘Josh Taylor, World Champion.’

“I am really excited and happy that the big shot is almost here. I am delighted to be doing Scotland proud.”

Tickets for the Monster WBSS Semi-Finals night, Ivan Baranchyk vs Josh Taylor and Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez on 18 May at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland are on sale now from TheSSEHydro.com

All the action will be live on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K.

WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:

27 April – Cajundome, Lafayette, LA, USA

  • Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh – Prograis W TKO6
  • Nonito Donaire vs Stephon Young – Donaire W KO6
18 May – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk
  • Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez

15 June – Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia

  • Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
  • Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti
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