Ivan Baranchyk feels sure in beating Anthony Yigit in their Ali Trophy Quarter-Final clash on Saturday at UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, USA.
“I am ready, I am hungry, I am excited,” said Baranchyk (18-0, 11 KOs).
Belarus ‘Beast’ Baranchyk trains in Miami and has fought all but his first three fights in the U.S., most recently an eighth-round TKO of countryman Petr Petrov in Deadwood, South Dakota in March.
The next challenge is Sweden’s southpaw Anthony Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs) for a place in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series and the vacant IBF 140-pound world title.
“I feel good, I am not nervous. I know I will win this fight,” said Baranchyk whose brawling style has made him popular in America.
“Yigit is a good boxer. He is technical, he has a little speed, but he doesn’t have power, he is not a big puncher. I will beat him in every round but I don’t know when the referee will stop the fight.”
Baranchyk is eager to impress in the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.
“This is a big opportunity for me,” said Baranchyk. “Fighting for a world title, fighting for the Muhammad Ali Trophy. I am so happy to be a part of the World Boxing Super Series.
“I am a warrior with a boxer’s heart and mentality. I will fight to the last drop of blood no matter what to take home the trophy.”
The Baranchyk-Yigit winner will meet the winner of the Nov. 3 bout in Glasgow, Scotland between Josh Taylor of Scotland and Ryan Martin of the U.S.
On the line in New Orleans:
Regis Prograis (United States) vs. Terry Flanagan (England) for the WBC Super-Lightweight Diamond Title & Ivan Baranchyk (Belarus) vs Anthony Yigit (Sweden) in an IBF Super-Lightweight World Championship bout.
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