Ivan Baranchyk – Is He The Next Arturo Gatti?
On Friday, February 10, boxing fans were treated to a fight
of the year candidate between junior welterweights Ivan “The
Beast” Baranchyk of Brooklyn, NY and Arizona’s Abel Ramos.
The bout took place at the Buffalo Run Casino in the main
event of ShoBox: The New Generation. It was a significant
fight for both combatants, with Baranchyk looking to move
further up the ladder while Ramos hoped to become a player
at 140 pounds by taking out his highly regarded foe.
When the matchup was announced, Baranchyk and Ramos were
expected to put on an entertaining fight. What ultimately
transpired however far exceeded expectations.
For ten rounds, Baranchyk and Ramos had the capacity crowd
on their feet cheering on the incredible action. Both men
hit the canvas and were badly hurt at different points of
the fight, trading punches at a frenetic pace. They bled,
brawled and left everything in the ring in a fight that was
among the greatest in ShoBox's 17 year history.
Scores were 99-91, 97-92 and 97-93 for Baranchyk, who is
14-0 with 10 knockouts. Ramos, whose stock went up
tremendously in defeat, is 17-2-2 (12 KO’s).
The CompuBox stats were similar to the first showdown
between Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward. Baranchyk and Ramos
combined to land 664 total punches and 482 power shots.
Gatti-Ward I saw a total of 618 connects with 521 being
“I believe this has to be the best fight in ShoBox history,”
exclaimed Baranchyk’s promoter Tony Holden, who promotes him
along with DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc.
“Ivan is a natural crowd pleaser. He has the biggest heart
in boxing and incredible conditioning. Like we saw many
times from the late, great Arturo Gatti, Ivan was hurt,
bloodied and took a lot of punches but his will powered him
to victory. I believe he could become the next Arturo Gatti
but there's still work to do."
Lou DiBella, who promoted the aforementioned Ward, believes
Baranchyk is boxing’s newest action star.
“We got stats from CompuBox and they were almost identical
to Gatti-Ward 1 and Corrales-Castillo 1, two of the greatest
fights in boxing history. Baranchyk and Ramos put on a fight
for the ages and I think the comparison to Gatti-Ward is a
good one. Ivan’s offensive mindedness and willingness to
take and give punishment is reminiscent of Arturo Gatti.
He’s already shown he can get a crowd behind him and that
was proven by how quickly the fans in Miami, OK adopted him
as if he were one of their own. I really think he can become
the Belarusian Gatti.”