By Paul Mason
On a double header in the Super Lightweight edition of the tournament, Sweden’s Anthony Yigit meets Belarussian, Ivan Baranchyk with a semi-final place, and the vacant IBF Title up for grabs. Both are unbeaten and as yet unproven at the highest level. World Boxing Super Series’ YouTube channel is the place to watch the action unfold
Ivan Baranchyk v Anthony Yigit – WBSS Super Lightweight Quarter Final & Vacant IBF Super Lightweight Title
Tournament fourth seed, Ivan Baranchyk is up against Anthony Yigit, a former European Champion in New Orleans this weekend. It’s a hard one to call, with both men unbeaten and largely untested. The victor in this one will meet the winner of Scotland’s Josh Taylor and American Ryan Martin, who clash in Glasgow next weekend.
Ivan Baranchyk has been a pro since March 2014, with a points win over fellow debutant, Yuri Finski in his native Belarus. Two wins followed, and he has fought exclusively in the USA ever since. His best win came in his last outing, when he stopped former WBO Lightweight Title challenger, Petr Petrov in eight rounds having had him down three times prior to the finish.
Anthony Yigit has fought marginally better opposition than Baranchyk, with the only stain on his record coming in his sixth fight. The Welshman, Tony Pace, held Yigit to a majority draw in Denmark in October 2013. He captured the European Title in February 2017, travelling to the Carshalton back yard of Lenny Daws to secure the belt with a unanimous points win. He defended this twice, returning to Sweden to outscore Sandor Martin, and in his last fight, in December 2017, he widely outscored Joe Hughes at the Leicester Arena. He also holds a win over a badly faded DeMarcus Corley back in 2015.
I think this will be the hardest to call of the quarter finals in the Super Lightweights, and I think it may go a tight split decision, with Beranchyk just edging home.