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Madrimov, Baranchyk victorious at MSG

Photos: Emily Harney

Fast-tracking WBA Intercontinental super welterweight champion Israil Madrimov (4-0, 4 KOs) impressively stopped Alejandro Barrera (29-6, 18 KOs) in round five in Saturday night’s Golovkin-Derevyanchenko co-feature at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Madrimov dropped Barrera almost immediately in round one and then battered Barrera until the bout was halted. Time was 2:36.
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Former IBF super lightweight champion Ivan Baranchyk (20-1, 13 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO over Gabriel Bracero (25-4-1, 6 KOs) to claim the WBA Intercontinental title. Baranchyk punished Bracero from the opening round. Bracero finally went down in round four and the bout was waved off. Time was 1:30.

The pro debut of much-hyped 2016 Olympian light heavyweight “Mighty” Joe Ward didn’t go as planned. Ward stepped on opponent Marco Delgado’s foot in round two and awkwardly crumpled to the canvas grotesquely dislocating his left knee. Delgado gets the win to go to 6-1, 5 KOs.

Unbeaten WBC International silver super middleweight titlist Ali Akhmedov (16-0, 12 KOs) needed just 44 seconds to take out Andrew Hernandez (20-8-2, 9 KOs). A right hand put down Hernandez and the bout was quickly waved off.

In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, Brian Ceballo (11-0, 6 KOs) beat Ramal Amanov (16-1, 5 KOs) by third round TKO. Amanov gave indications that he didn’t wish to continue. Time 1:20.

Middleweight Kamil Szeremeta 21-0, 5 KOs) crushed Oscar Cortes (27-5, 14 KOs) in the second round. Cortes down twice. Time was :45.

Super middleweight Nikita Ababiy (7-0, 6 KOs) destroyed Isiah Seldon (13-3-1, 4 KOs) in the first round.


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  • Huge upset in the opening match. Joseph Ward got KTFO by Marco Delgado, blaming a “knee injury”. I guess some amateurs are not meant to be professionals.

    • Yeah okay. Watching that ring doctor pop his knee cap back into place was the hilight of the night

    • There was no knock down, the guy stepped on his foot, Ward tripped and popped his kneecap. Very graphic!

    • Stupid comment. Did you see the fight. The guys knee popped out in a fight he was winning. No way can you continue to fight even when the knee is popped back in. You need immediate surgery in nearly all cases. Its happened to me many years ago in work.

  • Ward just wasn’t light on his feet and his footwork was awkward at best. The opponent stepped on his foot, but he just didn’t move his back foot when he tried to back up. He was slow on his feet while advancing but didn’t seem to know how to back up properly. It was a freak accident but he had better work on his footwork for future fights.

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