In a thrilling shootout and WBC super lightweight eliminator, two-time world title challenger Jose “Chon” Zepeda (33-2, 25 KOs) won a knockdown-filled war for the ages against former IBF junior welterweight world champion Ivan Baranchyk (20-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night without fans in attendance inside the MGM Grand Las Vegas “Bubble.”
Amazingly, knockdowns occurred in all five rounds.
In round one, Baranchyk dropped Zepeda twice. In round two, Zepeda dropped Baranchyk, then Baranchyk floored Zepeda moments later. In round three, Zepeda dropped Baranchyk again. In round four, Zepeda dropped Baranchyk once again. In the fifth round, Baranchyk floored Zepeda, but then Zepeda spectacularly knocked Baranchyk out cold seconds later.
Time was 2:50.
Both fighters were down four times each.
The knockout was particularly brutal as Baranchyk’s leg jackknifed underneath him, arching his back and causing the back of his head to slam against the canvas. He remained down for a long time. Happily, he left the ring under his own power.
Fight of the Year for sure.
Zepeda also won the WBC silver title.