It seems that the past few days have started to see us getting more and more good fights announced, confirmed and set. One such bout is set for September 23rd in the US and will see China's unbeaten Wang Zhimin (7-0, 3) battle against the heavy handed Ivan Baranchyk (11-0, 10), an American based Russian, for the USBA Light Welterweight title.
Zhimin, 30, began his professional career back in January 2015 and has already shown an ability to do 8 rounds in his short career. Although a relatively unproven professional, having beaten no one of any note, he was a stand out amateur and also impressed in the WSB, where he was one of the more accomplished Chinese fighters. This is a major step up in class for him,but one he will believe he's capable of making given that he has proven himself in the WSB and scarcely dropped a round as a professional. In fact in many ways he might see this bout as a chance to prove himself rather than remain hidden and over-looked.
Aged 23 Baranchyk is a relative boxing baby and has amazingly fought just 22 rounds since making his debut in June 2014. Despite the lack of rounds he has impressed stopping 10 of his 11 foes in 4 or fewer rounds. He was pegged as a star early on and was thrown into a 10 rounder on debut in Belarus and has already claimed the Belarus Welterweight and the USNBC Light Welterweight titles. His only bout to go the fistance was his third professional bout, a 4 round win against Alfonso Olvera in US, and notably he has never gone beyond 4 rounds, leaving some to question stamina. Despite those questions his power is legit and his last 3 opponents lasted a combined 5 rounds, and they entered a combined 34-0-4 (21) showing the level the young Russian has been fighting at in recent bouts.
The bout will be held in Oklahoma and is one of 3 a triple header of notable bouts that should provide the fans in attendance with some great action.
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