Prograis & Baranchyk Advance To Semi-
Finals After Dramatic Night In New Orleans
Regis Prograis beat Terry Flanagan unanimously on points and
Ivan Baranchyk stopped Anthony Yigit in round seven in two
exciting Ali Trophy Super-Lightweight Quarter-Finals at the
Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.
The judges scored it 119-108, 118-109, 117-110 all in favour
of New Orleans native Prograis who retained his interim WBC
title. In the semi-final, ‘Rougarou’ will face Belarus’ WBA
Super World Champion Kiryl Relikh.
“I want to bring big-time boxing back to New Orleans and
guess what, I did it!” said Prograis after the fight.
“Flanagan was a tough fighter and I knew he would be hard to
get to. But I had the most fun out there tonight than I’ve
ever had from Round 1 to Round 12.”
Prograis tried to finish the fight in round eight when he
hit Flanagan with a crushing straight left hand and dropped
his hard-fighting opponent for the first time in his career.
‘Turbo’ came back but Prograis controlled the remainder of
the fight and cruised to his first 12 round decision.
“Now the world is seeing what I can do. There’s nobody in
this tournament who can beat me. The Ali Trophy is mine, it
doesn’t matter who I fight!”
In Saturday’s second Ali Trophy Quarter-Final for the vacant
IBF World Super-Lightweight Championship Belarus’ Ivan
Baranchyk stopped Sweden’s Anthony Yigit after seven rounds
The contest was stopped at the end of the seventh, due to
the state of the left eye of Yigit who showed tremendous
heart throughout the fight.
”You never want a fight to be stopped,” said Yigit. “Maybe
it was the right decision. Our game plan was to take him
later on. Because they stopped the fight, I couldn’t fulfill
it. He is a hard hitter, congrats to him!”
Baranchyk credited Yigit for his performance.
"Anthony is a tough fighter - he gave everyone a good show
and a good fight. This was a tough fight but I won,” said
big punching Baranchyk and praised his coach Pedro Diaz.
“He is a good coach. I love him and with him, I will win the
Baranchyk now faces the winner of November 3rd’s Josh Taylor
vs Ryan Martin in the semi-final.
“I believe Taylor will win the fight,” said Baranchyk.
Next Saturday fans at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow will be
treated to a spectacular doubleheader featuring two Ali
Trophy Quarter-Final contests as Scottish Super-Lightweight
star Josh Taylor takes on the undefeated American Ryan
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s WBA World Champion Ryan
Burnett meets former four-weight World Champion,
Filipino-American Nonito Donaire in a Bantamweight Quarter