Pedro Diaz, Ivan Baranchyk’s renowned boxing trainer, gives an insight into the preparations for the 140lb WBSS semi-final against Josh Taylor at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
For a year the Miami-based Belarusian has trained under the wings of one of the most decorated coaches in recent history. Pedro Diaz was impressively part of the coaching staff for five Olympic Games – four with Cuba and one with the Dominican Republic – before moving to the professional ranks where he has worked with several world champions.
Now he is preparing Baranchyk for a title defence and a semi-final in the super-lightweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series against Scotland’s Josh Taylor.
When ‘The Beast’ Baranchyk advanced to the semi-final and took home the vacant IBF title, he showed his devastating power against Sweden’s Anthony Yigit and forced the ring doctor’s stoppage in the seventh round in New Orleans, USA. And Taylor impressed in his quarter-final and utterly dominated the bout and stopped USA’S Ryan Martin in the seventh round to pave the way for a sensational match-up between ‘The Tornado’ and ‘The Beast’.
Pedro, how is the preparation for May 18 vs Taylor going?
What do you think of Taylor as a boxer?
Why do you think Baranchyk has the upper hand to defend his title and go to the Ali Trophy final?
Do you think he will go all the way and take home the trophy?
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