MIAMI — Miami will be under the microscope during the next professional boxing card at Buffalo Run Casino.
Promoter Tony Holden wants to add super lightweight phenom Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (10-0) to the Four State Franchise.
“We are this close (holding his fingers inches apart) from Ivan being a Four State Franchise fighter,” Holden said during a Wednesday press conference to announce a June 25 card at Buffalo Run Casino.
“DiBella (promoter Lou DiBella) is in. His Russian promoter (Max Alperovich) is in. Ivan is in,” Holden said. “Here’s what it comes down to: he’s going to headline the 25th. He’s going to fight here and his Russian counterpart is going to come. If they think the crowd is as good as DiBella and I said, he’s your newest member of the Four State Franchise.”
Baranchyk wowed the sellout crowd at the Peoria Showplace arena and a worldwide Showtime television audience on March 25 when he needed just 21 seconds to knock out Nicholas Givan.
The win – his ninth by knockout — gave him the WBC United States super middleweight title.
“He is very excited about joining the franchise and he is looking forward to fighting in this arena,” Baranchyk said through his translator, Yuriy Yavorovskiy.
“This is taking us to a whole different level,” Holden said. “This is the No. 1 prospect in the world. This is like Trey, but internationally. I think he’s going to be good for the boys. Every time he comes, he brings television and it opens up slots for these young men.”
Jesse Cook, Jarrett Rouse and Kenzie Morrison will join Baranchyk on the June 25 card here. Holden said there will be a couple more fights added to the card, possibly including a couple up-and-coming Russians.
Dillon Cook is still recovering from a fractured orbital socket and an MCL sprain suffered during a knockout loss to Justin DeLoach on the March 25 show and heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison again will be sidelined by a hand injury.
The fights will not be televised, Holden said.
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