Ahead of the fixtures for season two of the World Boxing Super Series being announced, here’s a look at who’s who in the Super-lightweight division.
WBSS: INTRODUCING THE SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHTS
Regis Prograis (SEEDED #1)
Record: 22 – 0
From: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
WBC Super-Lightweight Interim World Champion
Regis Prograis burst onto the scene by knocking out former unified world champion Julius Indongo in two rounds earlier this year.
The number one seeded super-lightweight boasts 19 knockout wins in 22 fights and will go into the tournament as a slight favourite ahead of Scotland’s Josh Taylor.
Josh Taylor (SEEDED #2)
Record: 13 – 0
From: Edinburgh, Scotland
Unbeaten WBC Mandatory Challenger
The number two seeded super-lightweight recently defeated former WBC world champion Viktor Postol and also holds a grudge-match knockout victory over Ohara Davies.
A former Commonwealth Games gold medallist and current WBC Silver champion, the ‘Tartan Tornado’ is part of Shane Mcguigans stable of fighters which also includes Super-middleweight world champion George Groves.
Kiryl Relikh (SEEDED #3)
Record: 22 – 2
From: Baranovichi, Belarus
WBA World Super-Lightweight Champion
Kiryl Relikh will be best known on these shores for his decision loss to Ricky Burns back in 2016 in the first defense of Burns’ WBA world title.
Relikh, known as the ‘Mad Bee’, is the current WBA Super-lightweight World Champion after defeating Rances Barthelemy in a rematch between the pair back in March this year.
He has been awarded the third seed position in the tournaments rankings.
Ivan Baranchyk (SEEDED #4)
Record: 18 – 0
From: Amursk, Russia
Unbeaten IBF Mandatory challenger
Known as ‘The Beast’, Baranchyk has stopped 11 of his 18 opponents.
An amateur win over two-time Olympic Gold medallist Robeisy Ramirez is probably his biggest achievement to date but having been installed as the IBF’s mandatory challenger, he will be hoping to fight for world honours very soon.
The 25-year-old now fights out of Miami and trains at the world famous Wild Card Boxing gym in LA.
Record: 33 – 1
From: Manchester, England
Former WBO Lightweight World Champion
Southpaw Flanagan succumbed to his first and only career defeat last month at the hands of new DAZN signing Maurice Hooker.
‘Turbo’, a former Prize-fighter series winner, is the most experienced fighter in the tournaments Super-lightweight division.
He was also the first ever Englishman to hold a world title at lightweight and will be aiming to become a two weight world champion.
Record: 21 – 0 – 1
From: Farsta, Sweden
European Super-Lightweight Champion
The unbeaten southpaw is a former Olympian and current holder of the EBU super-lightweight title.
Two of Yigit’s last three fights have been against English fighters and he may have his sights set on another Englishman in Terry Flanagan.
Despite having never been beaten, he will be seen as a good option for the seeded fighters having only won seven of his 21 victories by way of knockout.
Record: 27 – 1
From: Omsk, Russia
WBA Mandatory Challenger and former IBF Super-Lightweight World Champion
‘The Eagle’ is known for his hard-hitting with 24 of his 27 wins coming by way of stoppage.
He was knocked out cold in one round by Julius Indongo in December 2016 and hasn’t gone the scheduled the distance in any of his fights since 2012.
Fans are almost guaranteed a knockout whenever Troyanovsky fights.
Record: 22 – 0
From: Tennessee, USA
Unbeaten, former team USA member
Ryan ‘Blue Chip’ Martin is somewhat of a surprise addition to the Super-Lightweight line-up.
Seen as a top prospect in his native US, the unbeaten Martin trains in the same gym as Gennady Golovkin and Murat Gazziev, under the tutelage of renowned trainer Abel Sanchez.
‘Blue Chip’ is the youngest fighter in the super-lightweight competition and also holds a height advantage over the rest of the field.
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