Zepeda vs Baranchyk war ends with KO-of-year contender as Belarusian left in crumpled heap (VIDEO) — RT Sport News

Jose Zepeda and Ivan Baranchyk made a mess of things for the ages when they went hell for leather in a seven-defeat five-round battle in Las Vegas before going into a brutal knockout-of-the-year -Candidates ended.

Baranchyk sent Zepeda to the silver screen twice in the first round of his junior welterweight title eliminator at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, setting the scene for a back-and-forth fight that left the pair another five losses before the devastating game exchanged completion in the closing stages of the fifth round.

Zepeda bounced back from the heavy right hand that had seen him propped up on the ropes and scored eight points. Using his reserves to deliver a harrowing left serve to his opponent, he dropped Baranchyk onto the canvas while his legs buckled annoyingly under him.

The Belarusian stayed in a twisted heap for more than a minute but was eventually brought to his feet and managed to get out of the ring on his own before being taken to the hospital for observation.

It was a suitably devastating breakup of a competition that was immediately hailed as a contender for Fight of the Year – calling for Zepeda’s thundering uppercut to be knocked out by 2020.

“One of the best fights I’ve seen since Foreman-Lyle. Plain and simple, ”wrote Bob Arum, CEO of the organizer Top Rank, who hosted the competition, on Twitter in reference to the classic heavyweight brawl of 1976.

“Fight of the year and candidate for KO of the year … my goodness,” wrote the expert Robert Littal.

“Scary scene after that, but Baranchyk seems fine after not moving for a long time. He’s on his way to the hospital. “

Zepeda had recovered from his two defeats in the first round to send Baranchyk on deck in the second round, but also paid another visit to the canvas itself.

The Mexican sent his opponent down again in rounds three and four, increasing the number of losses to three per person before getting into trouble against the ropes in round five.

But he got out of trouble in a spectacular way and summed up a crunchy left overcut that left Baranchyk cold on the canvas.

US three-weight world champion Terence Crawford summed up the carnage and wrote, “I’ve never seen it not.”

Man, these guys get dropped like crazy

– Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) October 4, 2020

I’ve never seen shit like this before

– Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) October 4, 2020

With his win, Zepeda took his 33rd professional win and the 26th over KO.

The 27-year-old Baranchyk only fell on the second loss of his 22-man professional career and was stopped for the first time.