At the SSC Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, on Saturday in a Sauerland Event IBF World Super Lightweight champion Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk lost to Josh Taylor and world champion Naoya Inoue defeated world champion Emmanuel Rodriguez.
In the Main Event IBF World Super Lightweight champion Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk, 19-1 (12), #140, of Amursk, Russia, now out of Miami, OK, lost his title to southpaw WBC Silver champion Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor, 15-0 (12) #140, of Prestonpans, Scotland, UK, over 12 rounds with a pair of knockdowns.
In the first round the taller soutehpaw Taylor controlled with quicker hands as Baranchyk’s timing seemed off. In the second round Taylor caught Baranchyk’s punches on the gloves. Taylor’s footwork and speed of hand has Baranchyk missing.
In the third round Baranchyk started landing to the body of Taylor. Taylor wasn’t landing as well in this round. In the fourth round Taylor hurt Baranchyk with a body shot. Taylor was very accurate with his punches.
In the fifth round Baranchyk caused a small cut on the outside of Taylor’s left eyebrow. Taylor was spurred on by the cut but Baranchyk finished the round driving Taylor backwards In the sixth round Taylor dropped Baranchyk with a right hook on the chin. Taylor jumped on him with a straight left on the chin.
In the seventh and eighth rounds Baranchyk came out throwing to the body of Taylor. Taylor countered to the body. In the ninth round Baranchyk continued coming forward landing well. Taylor landed solid right hooks to the body.
In the tenth round Taylor came out fast looking to turn the fight around. He landed well to the head of Baranchyk. In the eleventh round Baranchyk rocked Taylor knocking him off balance.
In the twelfth and final round Taylor danced around like he knew he had the fight won. Baranchyk was swinging for the fences. The last minute the action was furious from both fighters.
Scores were 117-109, 115-111 twice. This writer had it 114-112.
In the co-feature IBF World Bantamweight champion Emmanuel Manny “El Sencational” Rodriguez, 19-1 (12), Vega Baja, PR, #118, was stopped at 1:19 of the second round by WBA World Bantamweight champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue, #118, 18-0 (16), of Yokohama, Japan, in a unification bout.
In the first round Rodriguez pressed the action boxing well. Inoue countered with power punches. It was a close round that Rodriguez seemed to pull out. In the second round within 30 seconds Inoue dropped Rodriguez with a left hook to the chin. Inoue jumped on him dropping him a second time with a left hook to the body. Nose bleeding Rodriguez acknowledged to his corner not to stop it. Inoue put on the finishing touches dropping Rodriguez for a third with a combination to the body and head and last time. With every knockdown the pain was shown in the face of Rodriguez.
“I came out aggressive. He came out with pressure so I didn’t know how it was going to end. This is a ring I felt very much at home and was well received by the people here,” said Inoue. Inoue will now meet WBA Super World champion Nonito Donaire for the Muhammad Ali Trophy. Both boxers complemented each other.
Super Middleweight Zach Parker, 18-0 (12), of Woodville, Derbyshire, UK, stopped Steven Crambert, 8-5 (4), of Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, FR, at 2:28 of round 4 in a scheduled 8.
In the first two rounds Parker switches from orthodox to southpaw repeatably. Crambert comes forward but continued to get out worked. In the third round Parker worked on the body of Crambert with an occasional overhand right from southpaw. In the fourth round Parker was landing with no return causing the referee stopping it rather quickly.
Bantamweight Paul “Baby Face Assassin” Butler, 29-2 (15), of Ellesmere Port, Chesire, UK, knocked out gutsy Salvador “Chava” Hernandez Sanchez, 14-9-1 (9), of Chiapas, MEX, at 2:52 of the sixth round of a scheduled 8.
In the first two rounds Butler easily outworked Hernandez. In the third round Hernandez came out winging wide punches. Butler landed a low blow while trying to put him away. Referee Kenny Pringle warned Butler. In the fourth round Butler continued ripping punches to the body and head.
In the fifth round Butler landed a double left hook trying to end the fight. Hernandez seemed to get a revival coming back with punches. Butler ended the round rocking Hernandez with a right to the chin. In the sixth round a left hook body shot from Butler dropped Hernandez ending the fight not able to beat the count of referee Pringle.
Super Bantamweight southpaw Reece “Fast Hands” McFadden, 3-0 (1), of Motherwell, Scotland, UK, defeated Georgi “Joro The Hook” Georgiev, 7-15-1 ( 4), of Sofia, Bulgaria, over 4 rounds.
In the first two rounds McFadden was all over Georgiev the entire round looking for an early knockout. In the third round Georgiev landed a hard right to the mid-section of McFadden moving him back several steps. In the fourth and final round McFadden out of frustration hit low and back of the head of Georgiev trying too hard for a stoppage looking amateurish.
Score of referee 40-36.
Super Bantamweight Lee “Lightning” McGregor, 6-0 (5), of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, defeated Brett “The Threat” Fidoe, 13-51-5 (6), of Evesham, Worcestershire, UK, over 6 rounds.
In the first two rounds McGregor using this as a warm-up fight for his next bout takes on journeyman sub who only has been stopped once in 50 losses. McGregor pressed Fidoe driving him to the ropes with right uppercuts and body shots. In the third round Fidoe landed half a dozen body shots starting the round off before McGregor took over. Fidoe did some damage on the cheek bones of McGregor.
In the fourth round McGregor had no idea what kind of punishment Fidoe could take and yet return fire. In the fifth round McGregor worked on the body with bad intentions with Fidoe hurting. Only one border line punch from McGregor. In the sixth and final round McGregor is frustrated he can’t hurt Fidoe and is using some dirty tactics. This being the first fight he had to go the distance is good for him.
Score from referee 60-54.