Taylor and Donaire Advance To Ali Trophy Semi-Finals!
(November 4th) Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ earned a Super-Lightweight World title shot against IBF champion Ivan ‘The Beast’ Baranchyk in the 140 lb World Boxing Super Series semi-final after stopping Ryan Martin at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.
The 27-year-old Scot utterly dominated the bout and stopped 25-year-old American Ryan Martin in the seventh round.
“I told you, nobody’s beating me in this Hydro, man,” said Taylor.
“These fans are amazing, best in the world. So thanks, everybody, for coming out.
“I’m coming into my prime. I said it all the way up to this fight; I’m performing my best in the gym, relaxed. I’m coming into my prime years now. I just beat a very good fighter there, and there’s nothing stopping me. I’m winning this tournament, definitely.”
In the other WBSS Quarter-Final of the night, Filipino-American Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire won the WBA Unified 118 lb title, as 26-year-old Ryan Burnett was forced to retire from the fight after four rounds of action due to a lower back injury.
Donaire now moves on to the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series, where he will face WBO titleholder, South-African Zolani Tete, for a place in the 118 lb Ali Trophy final.
“As a warrior and as a fighter, you’ve got to like a guy like Ryan. Early on, he just kept coming,” said Donaire.
“It didn’t go the way I wanted it to, but a win is a win. I fought like the bigger guy in there and I was also able to box. I felt strong and I came in with power because I was the bigger guy. Age ain’t nothing but a number,” said the 35-year-old.
“Tete is a formidable opponent, but I always say I’ll be victorious. I’ll be even faster in that fight,” he promised.
The next week of the World Boxing Super Series sees the Ali Trophy tournament travel to Chicago where we will see Mairis Briedis vs Noel Mikaelian and Krzysztof Glowacki vs Maksim Vlasov in the two Cruiserweight Quarter-Finals on an incredible doubleheader at the UIC Pavilion in the USA.
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Prograis and Baranchyk Advance to Semi Finals
After Dramatic Night In New Orleans!
(October 30th) Regis Prograis beat Terry Flanagan unanimously on points and Ivan Baranchyk stopped Anthony Yigit in round seven in two exciting Ali Trophy Super-Lightweight Quarter-Finals at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.
The judges scored it 119-108, 118-109, 117-110 all in favour of New Orleans native Prograis who retained his interim WBC title. In the semi-final, ‘Rougarou’ will face Belarus’ WBA Super World Champion Kiryl Relikh.
“I want to bring big-time boxing back to New Orleans and guess what, I did it!” said Prograis after the fight.
“Flanagan was a tough fighter and I knew he would be hard to get to. But I had the most fun out there tonight than I’ve ever had from Round 1 to Round 12.”
Prograis tried to finish the fight in round eight when he hit Flanagan with a crushing straight left hand and dropped his hard-fighting opponent for the first time in his career. ‘Turbo’ came back but Prograis controlled the remainder of the fight and cruised to his first 12 round decision.
“Now the world is seeing what I can do. There’s nobody in this tournament who can beat me. The Ali Trophy is mine, it doesn’t matter who I fight!”
In Saturday’s second Ali Trophy Quarter-Final for the vacant IBF World Super-Lightweight Championship Belarus’ Ivan Baranchyk stopped Sweden’s Anthony Yigit after seven rounds of action.
The contest was stopped at the end of the seventh, due to the state of the left eye of Yigit who showed tremendous heart throughout the fight.
”You never want a fight to be stopped,” said Yigit. “Maybe it was the right decision. Our game plan was to take him later on. Because they stopped the fight, I couldn’t fulfill it. He is a hard hitter, congrats to him!”
Baranchyk credited Yigit for his performance.
“Anthony is a tough fighter – he gave everyone a good show and a good fight. This was a tough fight but I won,” said big punching Baranchyk and praised his coach Pedro Diaz.
“He is a good coach. I love him and with him, I will win the Ali Trophy!”
Baranchyk now faces the winner of November 3rd’s Josh Taylor vs Ryan Martin in the semi-final.
“I believe Taylor will win the fight,” said Baranchyk.
Next Saturday fans at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow will be treated to a spectacular doubleheader featuring two Ali Trophy Quarter-Final contests as Scottish Super-Lightweight star Josh Taylor takes on the undefeated American Ryan Martin.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s WBA World Champion Ryan Burnett meets former four-weight World Champion, Filipino-American Nonito Donaire in a Bantamweight Quarter Final.
Tickets starting from £35 are available to buy from: thessehydro.com
Josh Taylor: “There Is No Way Anybody
Is Going to Beat Me at the Hydro!”
(October 19th) Josh Taylor believes victory is assured as the Scottish number two seed prepares to host undefeated American Ryan Martin in his World Boxing Super Series Super Lightweight Quarter-Final at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on November 3rd.
Taylor begins his quest for The Ali Trophy in familiar territory as he returns to the Glasgow arena where he claimed Commonwealth gold as an amateur in 2014 and this year recorded impressive back-to-back wins over Nicaraguan danger man Winston Campos and former World Champion Viktor Postol.
“I feel that The SSE Hydro is definitely my home arena and my home in boxing,” said the 27-year-old. “I’ve had such great success there since the Commonwealth Games in 2014, and also my two biggest victories as a professional. I don’t think there is anyone who is going to beat me in front of the fans in the Hydro. The atmosphere, the noise they make and the support they give. They throw every punch with me. There is no way anybody is going to beat me at The SSE Hydro.”
With three weeks to go, the Scottish boxer, who holds the WBC Silver Super Lightweight strap, is eager to get underway as he looks to establish himself as the number one 140lber by lifting the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy.
“I am so excited for this tournament to start,” he says. “It is such a massive opportunity for me not just in terms of my boxing but also building my profile all around the world. It’s a global tournament so after this quarter-final, which I believe I will win, the semi-final could be anywhere. I am really looking forward to being involved and fighting all over the world in the name of the great Muhammad Ali. I promise I won’t let any of my fans down”
Taylor’s first test will see him squares-off against the highly rated Ohio resident Martin. With an extensive amateur background and undefeated in his 22 professional contests, Taylor is aware of the threat the American poses.
“I’ve studied enough of him to know what I need to watch for,” said Taylor. “I know he is a very well rounded fighter. He’s got fast hands, he’s good defensively, he’s got a good variety of punches and he knows his way around the ring. He’s obviously got power as well although his record doesn’t suggest it with only 12 stoppages from 22 wins, I know he is going to be able to punch and he’s going to be strong so I’ve got my hands full but I’m fully confident I’m going to come out on top.”
If successful, Taylor will meet the winner Ivan Baranchyk and Anthony Yigit, who contest the IBF World title on October 27 in New Orleans in another of the Super Lightweight bracket’s hotly anticipated quarter-finals. The Edinburgh-boxer gives Baranchyk the edge but says he is confident of overcoming either of his potential semi-final opponents.
“I don’t care who wins,” says Taylor. “I think Baranchyk will probably get through that, but I’m confident of beating him. If Yigit wins, I know I will win that fight as well. I’ve got experience with him in the ring as a professional and I’ve had experience with him as an amateur so I know I’m comfortable in winning that fight as well so I’m not really bothered who I face.”
“In fact, I’m not really fussed about any of the opposition in the tournament. I think I can beat every single one of them. That being said they’re all very good fighters. They’ve all had good amateur careers and they’re all stiff competition, but I’m fully confident I’m going to come away with that trophy.”
Fans at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow will be treated to a spectacular double header featuring two Quarter-Final contests as Scottish Su-per Lightweight star Josh Taylor takes on the undefeated Ameri-can Ryan Martin, and Northern Ireland’s WBA World Champion Ryan Burnett meets former four-weight World Champion Nonito Donaire in one of Season II’s Bantamweight contests.
Tickets from £35 (plus fees) are available at: thessehydro.com
Inoue and Relikh Advance to Semi Finals
After “Monster” WBSS Season Opener!
(October 8th) Naoya Inoue KO’d Juan Carlos Payano after only one minute and ten seconds of the first round, and Kiryl Relikh went through twelve tough rounds against Eduard Troyanovsky to score a unanimous win in Sunday’s Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals at the Yokohama Arena, Yokohama.
“I am going for the KO, I am going to finish him,” said Inoue to WBSS’s reporter in Yokohama shortly before entering a sold-out arena modeled after famous Madison Square Garden.
Flash forward to a stunning, lighting-fast left-right combo from ‘The Monster’ that floored Payano and sent shockwaves throughout the world of boxing.
“I am normally not a person who brags, but I said that I went for the KO to put myself under maximum pressure,” said Inoue.
The 25-year-old local hero, Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs) made the first defense of the WBA ‘Regular’ world bantamweight title he won by stopping Britain’s Jamie McDonnell in the first round of his previous fight.
The 34-year-old Payano (20-2, 9 KOs) from the Dominican Republic, a former bantamweight world champion, was stopped for the first time since making his debut eight years ago.
In the semi-final, Inoue will face the winner of the Emmanuel Rodriguez vs Jason Moloney quarter-final that takes place on October 20 in Orlando, Florida.
Earlier in the evening, all three judges scored the opening super-lightweight quarter-final of Season II 115-113 in favour of Belarus’ Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs) in his clash with Russia’s Eduard Troyanovsky.
“It was a tough fight,” said 29-year-old Relikh who also defended his WBA World Super-Lightweight Championship for the first time. “I went for the KO so I am not happy with my performance. I saw that I hurt him, but I was surprised I couldn’t finish him.”
38-year-old Troyanovsky (29-2, 24 KO’s) showed class in the time of the defeat.
“I want to congratulate Kiryl,” said Troyanovsky. “It was an emotional fight, my first 12 rounder, and I want to say thanks to Kiryl for a good fight. I did my best.”
Relikh will take on either Puerto Rico’s Manny Rodriguez or Australia’s Jason Moloney in the semi-finals. Rodriguez vs Moloney will also be settled on October 20 in Orlando.