Ivan Baranchyk Edges Abel Ramos In Slugfest
Photos: Stephanie Trapp - SHOWTIME
Undefeated super lightweight powerhouse Ivan Baranchyk
and a game Abel Ramos brawled in an absolute slugfest
that featured three knockdowns in the main event of
ShoBox: The New Generation Friday on SHOWTIME, with
local favorite Baranchyk winning a 10-round unanimous
decision at Buffalo Run Casino & Resort.
The back-and-forth firefight was much closer than the
judges’ scorecard indicated. And while the fight was
scored wide – 97-92, 99-91, 97-93 – the two-way war is
still perhaps an early contender for Fight of the Year.
Ramos (17-2-2, 12 KOs) raced to an early statistical
lead with a razor-sharp jab in the first two rounds that
kept the hard-charging Baranchyk at bay until a
sensation third in which the fighters traded knockdowns.
Baranchyk (14-0, 10 KOs) floored Ramos with a flush
overhand right with one minute left in the third, then
Ramos responded and dropped the local favorite just
seconds later with a counter shot in the final seconds.
The back-and-forth action continued in the fourth. Ramos
appeared to have Baranchyk hurt after a series of body
shots, but the Belarus-native floored Ramos again with a
left hook to the head. Ramos got up, but the round was
Both fighters traded blows toe-to-toe in an unbelievable
sixth round, and then the power shootout appeared to
shift tides in the second half of the fight. Baranchyk’s
superb conditioning was evident as the fight progressed
and he battered Ramos, who soldiered on with a bloody
and battered face until the closing bell.
Both Baranchyk and Ramos landed over 50 percent of their
power shots, an astounding number for a 10-round fight.
“I think my conditioning and the experience of going 10
rounds in my last two fights was the difference in the
second half of the fight,” Baranchyk said. “I was
surprised he could take it, but I knew he was a tough
fighter. I took a little too much punishment, but I’m
happy that the fans enjoyed the fight.
“Thanks to my opponent – he gave a very tough fight.
He’s a warrior.”
Ramos' frequent but lighter punches enabled him to
retain his statistical leads for the fight (350-314
overall punches landed and more than double his opponent
in jabs), but Baranchyk's heavier shots in the second
half were the difference.
“I thought it was much closer than the judges had it,
but it was a great fight all-around,” Ramos said. “He
kept coming in and pressuring me. I didn’t tire, but I
couldn’t keep him off me.
“I’d like to fight him again. I think I earned the
In the co-feature, undefeated light heavyweight prospect
Joseph “Mack” Williams won a close, majority decision
over previously undefeated Dominican Olympian Lenin
Castillo, scored 76-76, 78-74 Williams, 77-75 Williams.
The fight was hard to score from the opening bell.
Williams (11-0, 7 KOs) was the busier fighter – he threw
373 total punches compared to just 280 for Castillo –
and was more effective on the inside against his taller
opponent. Castillo dictated range with his long jab in
the first three rounds, but Williams closed the gap and
landed the consistently harder shots in the trenches,
where Castillo spent much of the time clinching instead
Castillo (15-1-1, 10 KOs) landed 19 jabs in the first
three rounds, but only six in the final five rounds,
including none in the eighth and final round. The fight
was almost even statistically through five rounds, but
Williams' surge in the final three rounds enabled him to
capture the deserved majority decision.
“He didn’t allow me to fight my fight, but I’ll take an
ugly win over a pretty loss any day of the week,” said
Williams, a native of Far Rockaway, N.Y. “He was holding
a lot and I couldn’t really capitalize on my
opportunities, but I got the victory and I’ll be back. A
win is a win.”
After the fight, Castillo was frustrated but didn’t
protest the judges’ decision.
“I agree with the decision. I think I could have done
more,” Castillo said of his first loss. “I’m frustrated
with my performance, but I don’t disagree with the
judges. His style bothered me – he was a bit unorthodox
and wild – but no excuses. I should have made the
adjustments. I need to get back in the gym and turn
In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated Spanish
super featherweight prospect Jon “Johnfer” Fernadez
knocked out formerly once-beaten Ernesto Garza with a
punishing series of unanswered combinations in the third
Fernandez was more accurate from the opening bell,
buckling Garza a big straight right and flooring him
with a series of shots midway through the first. Garza
survived the round, but was eating punches and his
taller opponent was landing at will. Garza continued to
press forward in the second, and both fighters threw
over 200 punches through the first two rounds.
Fernandez opened up the third with a series of damaging
combos, and Garza showed tremendous heart to just stay
on his feet. But the southpaw was ultimately taking too
much punishment, unsteady on his legs and swinging
wildly, forcing referee Gary Ritter to stop the bout at
Fernandez (11-0, 9 KOs) threw over 106 punches per round
while Garza (7-2, 4 KOs) threw an average of 99, but
Fernandez's power punching accuracy (52 percent) was the
difference as he eventually broke down his opponent.
“Everything I did in the gym I did in the ring,”
Fernandez said. “It all came together and I got the
knockout. He was tough – I didn’t think he would make it
out of the first when I dropped him. I’m just happy I
put on a good show.”
A frustrated Garza, who weighed-in at just 126 pounds
for the 130-pound bout, thought it was a premature
“I thought I could have kept going. I thought I could
have knocked him out,” Garza said. “He was just too big
for me. Too tall and too big.”