Baranchyk suffered his first defeat in 20 fights, in his first defense of the IBF belt he won last October. The Belarussian started better, opening a cut over Taylor's left eye and bloodying his nose in round five. But the fight turned when Taylor dropped Baranchyk twice in round six.
Taylor still gave Baranchyk respect for the rest of the fight, which ended with them going at it in the center of the ring. The judges gave the win to Taylor with scores of 117-109, 115-111, and 115-111.
On the undercard, Naoya Inoue of Japan took less than two rounds to demolish Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico to add the IBF world bantamweight title to his WBA belt.
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