Zepeda vs Baranchik - The Ring's Fight of the Year
The fight of Jose Zepeda (33-2, 26 KOs) and Ivan Baranchyk (20-2, 13 KOs), which took place in October, was named by The Ring magazine as the best fight of 2020. The battle took place as an open war on both sides. Fighters have been on the floor eight times.
The Belarusian entered the fight better, twice sending his opponent to the floor in the first round. In the second Zepeda returned to the game. Baranchyk was knocked down, but the American also had to rise after the fall. In the third and fourth rounds, only the Belarusian was on the floor.
Baranchyk fought very aggressively and in the fifth forced his opponent to touch the ring again. However, the fight ended with Zepeda's left hook. The Belarusian fell heavily on the floor and did not get up for a long time. With this win, Zepeda became the official contender for José Carlos Ramirez, the WBO and WBC super lightweight champion.
You can watch the full video of the battle here.