The Ivan Baranchyk/World Boxing Super Series situation appears to have been resolved.
The IBF junior welterweight champion announced on Instagram that he is looking forward to fighting Josh Taylor in the World Boxing Super Series 140-pound semifinals on May 18, seemingly squashing any issues he had with the tournament organizers. The post comes hours after Mike Coppinger reported that Baranchyk’s team had agreed in principle with the tournament to resume fighting there.
According to Coppinger, the deal was struck after legal battle that included the World Boxing Super Series obtaining an ex parte injunction in Swiss court. Baranchyk and his manager David McWater said months ago that the fighter was out of the tournament after financial issues nearly caused the tournament to cease altogether before the start of the semifinal round.
Once Baranchyk’s team announced their plans to withdraw from the tournament and explore other options, tournament organizers Comosa AG stated that all fighters competing are contractually obligated to participate. The WBSS continued to advertise the fight despite Baranchyk and McWater denying for weeks that the two sides had not come to an agreement.
Baranchyk’s fight with Taylor will be the main event of the card from Scotland with the co-main event being a World Boxing Super Series bantamweight semifinal. That fight will see WBA “Regular” titleholder Inoue face IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez.