Josh Taylor beats Ivan Baranchyk to win super-lightweight world title

Josh Taylor beats Ivan Baranchyk to win super-lightweight world title

Josh Taylor followed in the footsteps of Ken Buchanan and Ricky Burns by becoming a Scottish world champion.

The Edinburgh super-lightweight dropped Ivan Baranchyk twice in front of a partisan home crowd in Glasgow before winning a unanimous points decision.

Taylor also progresses to the World Boxing Super Series super-lightweight final where he will meet fellow world champion Regis Prograis.

"I'm over the moon. I took more risks than I should have, I switched off a couple of times and took more punches than i should have.

"I could have made it easier for myself but I was very comfortable in there. I was picking him off with and and I just took the foot off the gas. It was easy.

Josh Taylor dropped Ivan Baranchyk on his way to victory

"I've dreamt of this moment for so long, it hasn't sunk in yet."

After an even first round, Taylor began to assert his authority on the champion from Belarus.

In particular he found a home for his backhand left and began to open up a lead on the scorecards.

But he was forced on to the defensive in the fifth round as Baranchyk found another gear in the final minute to wobble the Scot.

Taylor responded in the style of a champion, however, to drop the visitor in the very next session, first with a right hook and then with a flurry of punches.

Baranchyk rose on both occasions and made it to the end of the round but was by now staring at a significant deficit on the cards.

But despite his trips to the canvas, the champion steadied the ship and even rocked Taylor in the penultimate round.

The Scot then refused to drop on to his back foot for the final three minutes before the judges confirmed Taylor's new status.

Taylor was the winner on all three scorecards

In the second semi-final, this time in the bantamweight division, Naoya Inoue demolished Emmanuel Rodriguez in the second round.

The Japanese superstar, nicknamed 'The Monster', dropped Rodriguez first with a left hook to the chin before doing so again with a right hand to the body.

Rodriguez rose on both occasions but was on the canvas again after a final barrage which convinced the referee to step in.

Inoue is now the unified world champion and will take on ring legend Nonito Donaire in the final later this year.

He said: "I came out looking to be aggressive, and I kept that going and I did well tonight.

"He won the first round and I didn’t know how it was going to turn out after that.

"I felt very much at home; everyone here made me feel at home.

"Donaire has had a great career and is a great fighter. I respect him and I look forward to fighting him."

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