Ivan Baranchyk (19-0, 12 KOs) defeated Anthony Yigit (21-1-1, 7 KOs) to become the new IBF Super Lightweight champion in New Orleans on Saturday night, October 27.
This matchup was built up as Baranchyk, the power puncher, against Yigit, the boxer.
Baranchyk’s pressure, volume and power punching earned him the victory over Yigit. His bodywork was consistent and he attacked the body every round of the fight.
Baranchyk came out firing in the first round, leaving a black eye under the left eye of Yigit.
Round 2 was all fireworks, as the fighters stood toe to toe and traded with each other. By the end of Round 2, Yigit was bleeding from a cut in the corner of his left eye.
Yigit’s left eye took massive punishment the entire night, it was completely closed by the end of the fifth round.
There didn’t seem to be an adjustment by the corner of Yigit. Yigit fought in front of Baranchyk the entire fight, and this wasn’t the smartest gameplan.
The fight was called off by the doctor due to the baseball size swelling of Anthony Yigit’s left eye. They saved Yigit any possible future damage to himself, even though he wanted to continue on as most boxers do.
“He is a tough guy, I love this style, I love to fight Mexican style,” stated Baranchyk in the post-fight interview. “He is a brawler and loves to stand and trade with any opponent.”
When asked about his new trainer Pedro Diaz, Baranchyk expressed his happiness. “He is a good coach,” stated Baranchyk. “I love him, with him, I will win this tournament.”
Yigit was gracious in defeat and gave Ray Flores a post-fight interview. “Our game plan was to take him later on, he was gassing out,” said Yigit. “I hit him to the body once or twice and I felt like I actually hurt him.”
The fight was stopped early leaving Yigit’s gameplan never to be played out.
Ivan Baranchyk moves on to the semifinal of the World Boxing Super Series as the new IBF champion and will fight the winner of the Josh Taylor (13-0, 11 KOs) vs. Ryan Martin (22-0, 12 KOs) bout.
Photos by Amanda Westcott