Josh Taylor and Billy Joe Saunders results: Two new British world champions crowned

19 May

Josh Taylor and Billy Joe Saunders both became new world champions on Saturday night.

The ‘Tartan Tornado’ claimed the IBF super-lightweight belt – his first world title – with a unanimous decision win over Ivan Baranchyk, while BJS picked up the vacant WBO super-middleweight strap, having previously also held the middleweight version.

Josh Taylor has won his first world title in just his 15th fight

In Glasgow, Taylor endured a tough start against Baranchyk as the Belarusian’s rough, come-forward style presented problems for him.

However, in the middle rounds he began to take control and established this by putting his opponent down twice in round six.

Baranchyk battled back resiliently and refused to fold, though Taylor outclassed him in the end and was awarded a 117-109, 115-111, 115-111 points win to take his opponent’s IBF world title.

Taylor has made it to the WBSS final

“It’s a dream come true,” said Taylor post-fight, “And the new. That sounds brilliant.

“I was pretty comfortable in there. Good, easy peasy. I’m absolutely over the moon.”

He will now progress to the World Boxing Super Series tournament final and face WBA champion Regis Prograis in a unification later this year.

Meanwhile at Stevenage FC’s Lamex Stadium, Saunders comfortably outpointed Shefat Isufi.

The contest was extremely one-sided except for one moment in the sixth when the overmatched German opponent stunned the hometown Brit with a right hand.

Other than that, Saunders dominated to claim the WBO super-middleweight title and become a two-weight world champion.

Billy Joe Saunders is now a two-weight world champion

“He caught me with a good shot,” said BJS after the win, “It just makes you aware.

“I haven’t been in a meaningful fight for 14 months.

“It was what it was. My boxing ability will always take me further in the sport.”

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On the undercards, Japanese pound-for-pound star Naoya Inoue blasted out Emmanuel Rodriguez to take the IBF bantamweight title.

He will now face WBA champion Nonito Donaire in his World Boxing Super Series tournament final.

Elsewhere, Joe Joyce moved to 9-0 with a third-round stoppage win over Alexander Ustinov.