Ivan Baranchyk vs. Jose Zepeda Pick – Top Rank Boxing October 3, 2020

Top Rank Boxing is back on Saturday night for another edition of the boxing bubble in Las Vegas. The MGM Grand Conference Center is once again the site for Top Rank on Saturday night. It’s worked out well thus far without too many problems.

Fans have not been permitted to attend any fight cards, but October 17 will have some spectators. The Lomachenko-Lopez card won’t have fans so to speak, but 250 spots for sponsors and first responders will be available. Not a bad move to give first responders the opportunity to watch live boxing at the MGM.

Over in Texas, organizers are planning on allowing a limited number of fans to attend the Gervonta Davis-Leo Santa Cruz card at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Halloween. With 11,000 fans scheduled to attend, this will be the first boxing card with fans in attendance in the United States since March.

If you’re in the area and desperate to attend a live sporting event, then there you have it in San Antonio on October 31. Note that temperature checks will be made and masks required inside the Alamodome. 11,000 fans should make it feel like some form of normalcy.

As far as Saturday night is concerned, there won’t be any fans inside the bubble at the MGM Grand Conference Center, but we can still watch from afar and cash some winning tickets. The main event is a fight that should promise to be an entertaining event between Ivan Baranchyk and Jose Zepeda.

The Belarusian and Mexican are likely going to put on a nice show across 12 rounds. Zepeda is fresh off a UD win over Kendo Castaneda in July, while Baranchyk is coming off a layoff since a TKO win over Gabriel Bracero last October to win the vacant WBA Inter-Continental light-welterweight title.

This is a crucial clash between two 140-pound contenders. Even if you don’t bet on the fight, it’s certainly worth tuning in to anyway. Head below for our free Ivan Baranchyk vs. Jose Zepeda pick for October 3, 2020.

Ivan Baranchyk vs. Jose Zepeda Top Rank Boxing Betting Odds:

Method of Victory:

  • Baranchyk OFF
  • Zepeda OFF
Moneyline:

  • Baranchyk (-190)
  • Zepeda (+155)
Total Rounds:

  • Over 10.5 (-375)
  • Under 10.5 (+285)

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Ivan Baranchyk vs. Jose Zepeda Prediction:

Zepeda heads into Saturday night in Las Vegas with a record of 32-2 in his career. The only losses in his career were on July 11, 2015 against Terry Flanagan by corner stoppage in the second round, and then by majority decision against Jose Ramirez on February 10, 2019.

He was in fine form in his last two fights, with easy UD wins over Jose Pedraza and Kendo Castaneda. The Pedraza win was particularly impressive, but I think Baranchyk should be able to give him a bit more of a challenge. Pedraza is a much different fighter in terms of their style.

Zepeda is a patient fighter that picks his spots as the fight progresses. I wouldn’t say that he’s overly aggressive, rather using his great speed to his advantage to strategically wear down his opponent.

Conversely, Baranchyk will want to attack early and often. He is going to come out swinging from the start. That’s one of the best strategies to slow down a methodical fighter like Zepeda. The approach of Pedraza played right into his strengths.

Baranchyk will undoubtedly be more aggressive than Pedraza. Zepeda must use his speed to avoid suffering too much damage in the early stages of this fight. To an extent he should be able to succeed, but the offensive attack of Baranchyk will likely start to add up in the later stages of the bout.

He goes into this fight with a record of 20-1, 13 of which were KO’s. His only loss is to Josh Taylor on May 18, 2019 in Scotland, where he lost the IBF title. Zepeda is certainly a quality fighter, but he is no Taylor. Look for Baranchyk to score favorably on the judges scorecards by the end of 12 rounds. I have him edging out Zepeda in a close, entertaining fight. The price on Zepeda looks a bit trappy here.

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