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Josh Taylor secures first world title with points victory against Ivan Baranchyk


Ivan Baranchyk and Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor (right) remains unbeaten after 15 professional bouts

Josh Taylor claimed his first world title with a points victory against Ivan Baranchyk in the IBF super-lightweight title bout in Glasgow.

Scot Taylor, 28, knocked down the previously unbeaten Belarusian twice in the sixth round.

And the home favourite remained in control to win 117-109 115-111 115-111.

The contest doubled as the weight division’s World Boxing Super Series semi-final and Taylor will face American Regis Prograis in the final.

Prograis is WBA and interim WBC champion.

Taylor moves on to 15 wins from 15, which includes four successful defences of his WBC Silver super-lightweight title.

“I’ve dreamt of this moment for so long so I’m absolutely over the moon,” Taylor told Sky Sports.

“I took more risks than I should’ve. I was pretty comfortable in there, switched off a couple of times and took more punches than I should’ve. It was good, easy, easy peasy.

“If had more time in that [sixth] round, it would’ve been game over.”

Inoue wins inside two rounds

On the undercard, Japan’s Naoya Inoue won the IBF world bantamweight world title with a second-round stoppage against Puerto Rico’s Emmanuel Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was knocked down three times before the fight was stopped as unbeaten Inoue became a double world champion by adding to his WBA bantamweight title.

Inoue will take on either Nonito Donaire or Zolani Tete in the Super Series bantamweight final.

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