News | May 18 2019

Josh Taylor triumphs in world title battle

In Josh Taylor Scottish and British boxing has a new star
Josh Taylor
Ivan Baranchyk v Josh Taylor - IBF World Super-Lightweight Title & World Boxing Super Series Semi Final  |  Action Images/Reuters/Lee Smith

SCOTLAND’S Josh Taylor secured a world title, and a place in the final of the World Boxing Super Series, with a unanimous decision win over IBF super-lightweight champion Ivan Baranchyk at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Saturday.

The champion from Belarus was relentless, pressing Taylor with hard salvos of hooks during the opening third of their fight. It was a close contest to start with but Taylor made a savage breakthrough at the halfway stage.

In the sixth round a fantastically placed southpaw right hook toppled Baranchyk, sending him down to the canvas. Taylor maintained the assault when the champion rose. A left uppercut backed up a right hook. He dashed a cross through to drop Baranchyk a second time.