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Super-Lightweights - The story so far...

Super-Lightweights - The story so far...

10th, December 2018

Each week we will focus on a different Season 2 weigh-class, this week it is the turn of the Super-Lightweight Semi-Finalists.

The 140lb edition of the World Boxing Super Series has been filled with drama, class and heroism. All four remaining athletes come into the semi-finals in great form.

It all began in Yokohama, Japan.

On October 7th Belarus’s Kiryl Relikh kept his WBA Super-Lightweight belt as he defeated former titlist Eduard Troyanovsky from Russia by a unanimous decision with all three judges scoring it 115-113 in favor of ‘Mad Bee’.

However, Relikh wasn’t happy with his performance against the defensive and tricky Troyanovsky. 

“It was a tough fight. My problem is I’m looking for the KO,” said Relikh. “I saw that I hurt him, but I was surprised I couldn’t finish him.”

The super-lightweight bracket continued on October 27 in New Orleans with two quarter-finals; Belarus’ Ivan Baranchyk vs Sweden’s Anthony Yigit for the vacant IBF 140lb strap and hometown hero Regis Prograis against Britain’s Terry Flanagan for the WBC Interim title and Diamond belt.

Baranchyk-Yigit ended in round 7 as a result of Yigit’s left eye swelling and the ringside doctor called for the fight to be stopped. 

Baranchyk had dominated the fight up until that point with his powerful right hand, but Yigit continued to battle back and if not for the injury, it looked to be a real drama in the championship rounds.

”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 gave Yigit credit after the fight:

“Anthony is a tough fighter – he gave everyone a good show and a good fight,” said ‘The Beast’ before praising his coach Pedro Diaz. “He is a good coach. I love him and with him, I will win the Ali Trophy!”

In the other semi No. 1 seed Regis Prograis won by a dominant unanimous decision victory over Terry Flanagan. The judges had it 119-108, 118-109, 117-110 all in favour of ‘Rougarou’.

As the cards read, Prograis, a New Orleans native, was outlanding and outworking his opponent through most rounds and in the eighth round he even dropped Flanagan for the first time in his career, but ‘Turbo’ showed heart and made it to the final bell.

“Now the world is seeing what I can do,” said Prograis. “There’s nobody in this tournament who can beat me. The Ali Trophy is mine, it doesn’t matter who I fight!”

The last 140 lb quarter-final came on November 3rd in Glasgow, Scotland; Scotland’s Josh Taylor vs USA’s Ryan Martin.

The Scottish hero impressed and utterly dominated the bout and stopped Martin in the seventh round.

“I’m coming into my prime,” said Taylor after the fight. “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.”

Relikh, Baranchyk, Prograis and Taylor. What a cast for the thrilling conclusion of the 140 lb edition of the World Boxing Super Series.

The already incredible story continues early next year with two amazing semi-final match-ups. Dates and venues will be soon be announced.

140 lb Semi-Finals:

  • Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh
  • Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk