WBSS Scotland Results:
The most recent World Boxing Super Series card from Glasgow, Scotland featured Naoya Inoue having perhaps his best performance against what was supposed to be his toughest opponent yet.
Inoue knocked out Emmanuel Rodriguez in less than five minutes into their WBSS bantamweight semifinals and the knockout elevated Inoue to another level of stardom in the west. Many people are now starting to realize how much of a generational talent Inoue is and knocking out Rodriguez, a top five bantamweight who has never lost, let alone dominated in the way that he was, raised many people’s eyebrows.
That’s certainly an impressive thing to do, especially in the west, where fighters in the lower weight classes are often overlooked.
Inoue will now face Nonito Donaire in the tournament finals, which has no date or location yet. The matchup is certainly interesting on paper with Donaire having a career resurgence after a brief, unsuccessful run at featherweight. The jury is still out whether or not Donaire presents the biggest challenge to Inoue, but he would be the most notable name on Inoue’s resume.
Also on that same card, we saw an entertaining WBSS junior welterweight semifinal fight between Josh Taylor and Ivan Baranchyk that saw Taylor come out on top thanks to two knockdowns. Taylor will face off against WBA champion Kiryl Relikh in the finals, which also doesn’t have a date and location. The fight does pit arguably the two best junior welterweights today and the winner does have the strongest claim out of the division’s champions to be No. 1.
May 18 WBSS results from the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland:
Josh Taylor defeated Ivan Baranchyk by unanimous decision (115-111, 115-111, 117-111) to win the IBF junior welterweight title and advance to the World Boxing Super Series junior welterweight tournament finals: Baranchyk opened the fight by throwing some wild punches with Taylor slowly trying to outbox the champion around the ring. It wasn’t long until both men started trading punches for the next few rounds. Taylor managed to hurt Baranchyk in the fourth round with a left hook to Baranchyk’s face and chest and for a moment, seemed to be in trouble of getting dropped. Baranchyk recovered and went back to throwing more body punches. The fifth round saw Baranchyk flip the script and push Taylor back numerous times with big left hands that hurt Taylor. The sixth round saw Taylor score a devastating right hand to Baranchyk, dropping him for the first time in the fight. Baranchyk got up, but was still reeling from the initial knockdown and Taylor would take advantage and drop him a second time as the bell sounded. Still recovering from the two knockdowns in the second round, Baranchyk would stand in the middle of the ring and absorb several body shots from Taylor. Baranchyk eventually returned to throwing combinations, but Taylor is also having a much easier time landing punches and throwing flurries to his opponent. As the fight got deeper into the late rounds, Baranchyk started to tire out a bit and Taylor kept moving back and around the ring to escape Baranchyk’s reach. Baranchyk managed to land a right hand early in the 11th round to stagger Taylor, but wasn't able to capitalize anymore for the remainder of the fight. The end of the fight saw both men trade big punches in the middle of the ring, but Taylor was the one whose hand was raised in the end.
Naoya Inoue defeated Emmanuel Rodriguez by KO, round 1, 1:19 to win the IBF bantamweight title and advance to the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament finals: Like in his first two fights at bantamweight, Inoue asserted his dominance from the opening bell, landing numerous left hooks to Rodriguez. Rodriguez managed to handle those shots well and even landed some decent punches that pushed Inoue back for a bit, but Inoue shrugged off all of his opponent's punches in the first round. Unlike the first two fights Inoue has had at bantamweight, this one managed to see a second round, but not much else. Early in the second round, Inoue landed a stiff left hand to Rodriguez’s face, immediately dropping him to the canvas. Rodriguez managed to get back up, although he had to deal with blood running down from his nose. Inoue immediately went to attack Rodriguez’s body, dropping him a second and third time seconds after the initial knockdown. Once Rodriguez was dropped a third time, the referee decided to end the contest right then and there.
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