It’s on: Prograis-Flanagan & Baranchyk-Yigit in heated weigh-in
Prograis – a native New Orleanian – fought in front of his fans at the Lakefront Arena for the first time in July when be beat Argentinian Juan Jose Velasco to secure a place in the Super-Lightweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series.
Regis Prograis & Terry Flanagan and Ivan Baranchyk & Anthony Yigit all make weight ahead of Saturday’s Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals at UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.
Tickets for the bouts are on sale through TicketMaster.com and at the arena box office.
WBC Interim Super-Lightweight World Championship & WBC Diamond Title:
Regis Prograis, USA (29) (22-0, 19 KOs): 139.8 lb/63.41 kg
“I just can’t wait. Thank you all for coming out,” said Prograis at the weigh-in podium. “I beat the piss out of him tomorrow.”
Terry Flanagan, England (29) (33-1, 13 KOs): 139.3 lb /63.18 kg
“I can’t wait,” said Flanagan, a former WBO Lightweight World Champion.
“Let’s not forget I’ve been the world champion, I have had five defenses of the world title, I have got the experience and I am here to win, take the title home and become a two-weight world champion.
“It is going to be a hostile Saturday night, but I like it, I have been in people’s backyards before and came out victorious. I am excited, Terry Flanagan is going to win.”
The winner of Prograis vs Flanagan faces Kiryl Relikh in the semi-final.
Vacant IBF Super-Lightweight World Championship:
Ivan Baranchyk, Belarus (25) (18-0, 11 KOs): 140 lb /63.5 kg
“I am the favourite in this fight,” said Miami-based ‘Beast’ Baranchyk. “I am young, hungry, I am the beast! This is a world title, it is a World Boxing Super Series quarter-final. I am ready to fight.”
Anthony Yigit, Sweden (27) (21-0-1, 7 KOs): 139.7 lb /63.36 kg
“It is going to be a war, don’t expect anything less, I am here to win, I am here to hunt the beast,” said Yigit.
To the experts believing Baranchyk will win the fight, Yigit said: “Those people don’t know shit about boxing. Look, let me tell you something. They don’t know about me because I am from Europe. Everyone here has seen him fight on the American shows, but I am here and I will shock everybody.”
The winner of Baranchyk vs Yigit faces the winner of November 3rd’s Josh Taylor vs Ryan Martin in the semi-final.
Fans in the U.S. can watch Saturday’s quarter-finals LIVE on DAZN, the global sports streaming platform. To sign up for a one-month free trial, fans can visit DAZN.com or download the DAZN app to their preferred connected device.
Tickets for the bouts at Lakefront Arena are on sale through TicketMaster.com and at the arena box office.
Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals:
1. October 7th, Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
Naoya Inoue (Japan) beat Juan Carlos Payano (Dominican Republic) – KO 1:10 of the first round
WBA ‘Regular’ Bantamweight Championship
Kiryl Relikh (Belarus) beat Eduard Troyanovsky (Russia) – UD 115-113 (x3)
WBA Super-Lightweight Championship
2. October 13th, Ekaterinburg Expo, Ekaterinburg, Russia – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
Zolani Tete (South Africa) beat Mikhail Aloyan (Russia) – UD 114-111, 114-111 & 114-11
WBO Bantamweight World Championship
Andrew Tabiti (USA) beat Ruslan Fayfer (Russia) – UD 116-11, 115-112 & 114-11
3. October 20th, CFE Arena, Orlando, USA – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
Emmanuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) beat Jason Moloney (Australia) – SD
IBF Bantamweight Championship
Yunier Dorticos (Cuba) beat Mateusz Masternak (Poland) – UD
4. October 27th, U.N.O. Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, USA – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
Regis Prograis (United States) vs Terry Flanagan (England)
‘Interim’ WBC Super-Lightweight Title
Ivan Baranchyk (Belarus) vs Anthony Yigit (Sweden)
IBF Super-Lightweight Championship
TICKETS: From $30 (plus fees) here: TicketMaster.com
5. November 3rd, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
Ryan Burnett (Northern Ireland) vs Nonito Donaire (Philippines)
WBA ‘Unified’ Bantamweight Championship
Josh Taylor (Scotland) vs Ryan Martin (United States)
WBC Super-Lightweight Silver Title
TICKETS: From £35 (plus fees) here: thessehydro.com
6. November 10th, UIC Pavilion in Chicago, USA – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
Mairis Briedis vs. Noel Mikaelian
Krzysztof Glowacki vs. Maksim Vlasov
TICKETS: From $30 (plus fees) here: TicketMaster.com (On sale: Mon 1 Oct)
Season II divisions and Ali Trophy quarter-final match-ups:
Ryan Burnett (Northern Ireland) vs. Nonito Donaire (Philippines)
WBA ‘Unified’ World Championship and WBC Diamond Title
Zolani Tete (South Africa) vs. Mikhail Aloyan (Russia) – Tete W UD
WBO World Championship
Naoya Inoue (Japan) vs. Juan Carlos Payano (Dominican Republic) – Inoue W KO1
WBA ‘Regular’ World Championship
Emmanuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) vs. Jason Moloney (Australia) – Rodriguez W SD
IBF World Championship
Regis Prograis (United States) vs. Terry Flanagan (England)
WBC Diamond Title
Josh Taylor (Scotland) vs. Ryan Martin (United States)
WBC Silver Title
Kiryl Relikh (Belarus) vs. Eduard Troyanovsky (Russia) – Relikh W UD12
WBA World Championship
Ivan Baranchyk (Belarus) vs. Anthony Yigit (Sweden)
IBF World Championship
Mairis Briedis (Latvia) vs. Noel Mikaelian (Germany)
Yunier Dorticos (Cuba) vs. Mateusz Masternak (Poland) – Dorticos W UD
Krzysztof Glowacki (Poland) vs. Maksim Vlasov (Russia)
Ruslan Fayfer (Russia) vs. Andrew Tabiti (United States) – Tabiti W UD
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