It was a bit messy throughout, but in the end Russian Super-Lightweight 🇧🇾Ivan Baranchyk bounced back from the loss of his IBF title to Josh Taylor this past May, to stop 🇵🇷Gabriel Bracero in the 4th round of their 10 round bout Saturday night on the Golovkin-Derevyanchenko undercard at Madison Square Garden.
From the outset Baranchyk (20-1-0, 13KO) let it be known what his intentions were as he charged like a bull from the opening bell, keeping constant pressure on the 38 year old Bracero (25-4-1, 6KO). Early on Baranchyk’s plan proved to be reckless as both fighters had to pick themselves up off the canvas as a result of poor balance and footing, not from punches landed.
Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. had his hands full throughout trying to get the fight under control as the wild style started to get under Bracero’s skin, resulting in him tackling Baranchyk to the mat and throw a late shot a couple of times, once after a break and another after the bell.
Whipping hook shots were the theme of the night for “The Beast, and in the 4th round Baranchyk finally delivered the shot that brought the night to a close as a sharp left hook to the body seriously hurt Bracero, and was followed up with a crushing right hand that put him face first on the deck. Bracero would get to his feet but his corner didn’t want things to go any further and threw the towel in.
With the win Baranchyk gains the previously vacant WBA Intercontinental Super-Lightweight title and will most likely be on the track to contend for a title in the near future. His physical nature makes him a tough matchup for anyone but he will need to take the winging shots against the likes of Jose Ramirez or Regis Prograis.