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Yigit: Watching Badou Jack fight on gave me inspiration & motivation

Yigit: Watching Badou Jack fight on gave me inspiration & motivation

23rd, January 2019

Sweden’s Anthony Yigit discusses fighting on despite freak injuries after witnessing his countryman’s incredible display of grit in the aftermath horrific cut at the weekend, his WBSS experience and gives his 140lb semi-final predictions.

Yigit (21-1-1, 7 KOs) had never experienced defeat as a professional when an eye injury forced an end to the 140 lb semi-final against Belarusian Ivan Baranchyk. 

‘The Beast’ caused damage to Yigit’s left eye early on, which eventually worsened with each passing round, but the Swede continued to battle back despite his swollen eye until the ring doctor decided to end the contest after the seventh round.

Baranchyk took home the vacant IBF World Super-Lightweight title and moved on to the Ali Trophy semi-finals round, but Yigit raised his stock among boxing fans all over the world with his heroic performance and never give up attitude. 

Saturday Sweden’s Badou Jack sustained a horrific cut to his forehead midway through his WBC Silver Light Heavyweight title fight against Marcus Browne. The gash was pouring with blood, Jack was allowed to continue and somehow made it to the end of the fight which he lost on points.

“Badou showed what kind of a champion he is,” said the 27-year-old.  “When you are on that level, fighting the best, you win some, you lose some. I like how he kept fighting and never gave up even though he was cut badly. 

“Watching him fight on gave me inspiration and motivation. I know I’m the same. I never give up so it must be an important trait amongst champions. I know I will join him on the top soon.”

You fought with a lot of heart and played your part in the World Boxing Super Series. How are you looking back at the experience?

“It was an amazing experience. To be able to showcase your skills, willpower and strength on a huge platform like the WBSS is what this is all about. This is many fighters dreams and I’m happy that I got there.”

How do predict the semi-final between your adversary Ivan Baranchyk and Josh Taylor?

“I fought both of them. Taylor in the amateur ring and Baranchyk in my latest fight. Even though I see Taylor evolving greatly as a fighter since then, some things still remind me of when I fought him. 

“Baranchyk is a fighter moving forwards and Taylor’s gotta be careful not to give him too much space to lunge forwards with his dangerous punches. At the same time, I can see Taylor being smart and countering him, using his reach to get his shots in and finishing him off to the body. I’d say Taylor takes this one.”

How about the other semi-final, Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh?

“Prograis is an all-round fighter and he’s strong doing it. Relikh’s gotta be smart if he wants to solve this one. Prograis on points.”

Can you reveal your comeback plans?

“My plans now are to get back into the ring and get back into winning. I will have to fight my way up for another title shot.  My mentality is: A champion can take a loss and bounce back. You’ll see me on the world stage again!”

Details, dates and venues for the sensational semi-finals of Season II of the World Boxing Super Series will soon be announced.

 

WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:

Bantamweight

  • Nonito Donaire vs Zolani Tete
  • Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez

Super-Lightweight

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

Cruiserweight

  • Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
  • Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti