Okada is ranked #7 by the IBF and Baranchyk is ranked #4, with the winner of their bout likely to become one of the leading contenders to fight for the title. They will have until December 6th to negotiate the contest, which is just under 2 weeks from the date of the Okada/Pagara bout, and may well see the IBF extend the negotiating period given the date of Okada's previously scheduled bout.
Baranchyk was a former amateur stand out who has looked devastating since turning professional in 2014. He began his career with back to back decisions before stopping 10 of 11 oppoenents, and genuinely blitzing foes with 6 opening round wins. In his last 4 bouts his power has been questioned, having gone the schedule in each of his last 4 bouts, but he is an aggressive and destructive fighter.
Okada on the other hand has been quietly going about things in Japan. He won his first 7 by stoppage before claiming the Japanese Light Welterweight title in 2014, with a decision win over Masayoshi Kotake. After defending the title 6 times he vacated it and began to move towards bigger bouts. This is a big step up for him,but has shown the skills to go a long way if he can just up his work rate and let his hands flow a bit more than he has in recent bouts, including competitive bouts with Cristiano Aoqui and Valentine Hosokawa.
The winner of the Baranchyk Vs Okada bout would, potentially face the winner of a bout between current champion Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10) and big name American Adrien Broner (33-3-0-1, 24).
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