Scottish southpaw Josh Taylor (15-0-0, 12KO) came out working behind his jab from the opening bell, using his length and footwork to keep Russian slugger Ivan Barnachyk (19-1-0, 12KO) at bay. The Tartan Tornado showed early on that he was the superior boxer in the ring, maneuvering out of harm’s way and leaving Baranchyk swinging at air when he attempted one of his haymakers.
The game of cat and mouse would repeat itself over the course of the first four rounds with Taylor sticking and moving while Baranchyk was left hoping his chopping hooks would eventually find Taylor and turn the tide his way. A glimmer of hope crept in for Baranchyk in the 5th when he landed a flush uppercut on Taylor that stunned him, and Baranchyk pounced in the opportunity to put some good work in and appeared to win the round.
If it felt like the sun was finally shining on him then Baranchyk would quickly have that thought wiped out as Taylor’s left hand would put him on the canvas twice in the 6th round, the bell potentially saving him from being stopped by Taylor.
Baranchyk fought hard in the back half of the fight, but Taylor was in full control and putting on a show for his fans who were making themselves heard loud and clear at the SSE Hydro in Scotland. Honestly, Taylor probably entered into exchanges with Baranchyk that he didnt have to down the stretch out of pure showmanship.
Taylor takes the IBF title from Baranchyk and we are now set up for what could possibly be a Fight of the Year candidate in the finals with #1 Regis Prograis vs #2 Josh Taylor.
The final scorecards were unanimous for Taylor 117-109, 115-111, 115-111.
JON UDDIN’S SCORECARD: 117-109 TAYLOR
TRE BERRY’S SCORECARD: 116-110 TAYLOR