Fight Postponed to March 10
January 19, 2018
The highly anticipated showdown between undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia and IBF 140-pound champion Sergey Lipinets has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 10th. The Premier Boxing Champions event was set to take place on February 10th, but Garcia’s quest for a fourth world title had to be rescheduled following a training injury to Lipinets’ hand. The fight will be live on SHOWTIME and will remain in San Antonio but move to the Freeman Coliseum.
Ticket information will be released early next week. Those holding tickets for the original date at the Alamodome will receive priority on seat exchange for the new venue. Tickets are priced at $250, $150, $75, $50 and $20 and will be available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 210 556-6390. The event is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, in association with Leija-Battah Promotions.
The remainder of the card will remain the same including the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, which will see two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy taking on Kiryl Relikh in a rematch of their thrilling fight last May, this time for the vacant WBA 140-pound world title. The doubleheader of title bouts in the wide-open 140-pound division sets the stage for a potential unification match.
Press Conferences Have Begun
December 19, 2017
Undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia and unbeaten IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Sergey Lipinets went face-to-face for the first time Monday at a press conference in Los Angeles to discuss their main event showdown on Saturday, Feb. 10 live on SHOWTIME (10:15 p.m. ET/PT). The matchup of top-5 ranked junior welterweights will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and is presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Fight Announcement: Sergey Lipinets vs. Mikey Garcia
December 14, 2017
IBF World Championship
Garcia (37-0, 30 KO) is coming off of a decision win over Adrien Broner in July, a 12-round decision that saw him move up to 140 for the first time. He looked good, so now he’s going to challenge for a title.
Lipinets (13-0, 10 KO) won the vacant IBF belt on November 4, beating Akihiro Kondo by decision.
“It is a dream to have the opportunity to become a four-division world champion,’’ Garcia said via press release. “San Antonio has some of the greatest boxing fans in the country, including some key supporters of my Robert Garcia Boxing Academy family. Since my last fight, I have stayed in the gym. I can’t wait to give the fans in Texas and those watching at home on Showtime another great performance.’’
“Getting the title is one thing, but keeping the title is a more difficult task,’’ said Lipinets. “I’m not about to give it away to anybody. No disrespect to Mikey Garcia or anybody else out there, but I’m keeping my title. Beating Mikey Garcia will put me in the elite of boxing where I believe I belong. I’m happy my team was able to put this great fight together. I can promise you this won’t be a snoozer. It’s going to be an action-packed fight for sure.’’
The undercard will feature a rematch between Rances Barthelemy (26-0, 13 KO) and Kiryl Relikh (21-2, 19 KO). The two fought in May, with Barthelemy winning a decision. This time, they’ll be fighting for the vacant WBA junior welterweight title.
Sergey Lipinets NEW IBF 140lb Champion of the World
November 6, 2017
NEW IBF WORLD CHAMPION
Unbeaten Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Akihiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF junior welterweight world championship formerly held by Terence Crawford, who has moved to welterweight.
The opening rounds saw both men try to control the center of the ring with Kondo willing to trade with Lipinets in order to find his counter-punching opportunities. The rounds following that remained fairly even, Lipinets pushed forward and controlled the pace of the fight while Kondo seemed content to wait for his time to lunge into a set of body combinations.A clash of heads caused a cut above Lipinets left eye in the 6th round and continued to flow, blocking Lipinets’ vision at times during exchanges with Kondo. The later rounds saw little to separate the fighters as both went toe to toe with Lipinets emerging as the more accurate fighter in the exchanges. Kondo put up a valiant effort in the 12th rounds to pin Lipinets against the ropes and hurl blows towards him, bringing the crowd to beg for a KO.
After 12 rounds, the judges scored the fight 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111 to the new IBF Junior Welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets.
By: Arvin Nundloll
Adrian Granados Against Shawn Porter Added to Nov. 4 Card
September 28, 2017
Former welterweight world champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter will battle Adrian Granados in the featured bout of a stacked undercard for Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Unbeaten contender Sergey Lipinets will take on Akihiro Kondo for the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship to open the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader beginning live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Plus, former heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne and former title challenger Dominic Breazeale will meet in a 10-round heavyweight attraction that will stream live on line via SHOWTIME Sports.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
“Deontay Wilder versus Luis Ortiz on November 4 is the best heavyweight championship fight that was makeable this year, and it will be supported by a tremendous action-packed undercard, televised on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Shawn Porter versus Adrian Granados is an all-action, fan-pleasing fight that will once again have fans at Barclays Center cheering. Sergey Lipinets is a knockout artist and up-and-coming star, attempting to secure his first world title. Additionally, SHOWTIME will stream other undercard bouts, including what should be a competitive heavyweight title eliminator between top contenders Bermane Stiverne and Dominic Breazeale.”
“Adrian Granados is as tough as they come and while he may lack the name recognition of Porter, he should not be overlooked,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “You look at his record and he has five losses, but those five losses are three split decisions and two majority decisions and the two draws that are split draws. This is another huge opportunity for him. Adrian feels he’s paid his dues and belongs in a fight of this magnitude.”
The 10-round welterweight match against Granados will be Porter’s fourth fight at Barclays Center. Porter won the welterweight title in his debut at the arena with a unanimous decision over Devon Alexander on Dec. 7, 2013. He lost a narrow decision to unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman in a 2016 Fight of the Year candidate in Brooklyn, and scored a TKO victory against former welterweight champion Andre Berto in his last fight on April 22 in front of the Barclays Center faithful.
The 29-year-old Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs), who was born in Akron, Ohio and now lives in Las Vegas, remains one of the top welterweights in the division and aims to secure another title shot with a strong performance against Granados.
Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 12 KOs), of Chicago, is accustomed to tough assignments and is known for delivering exciting toe-to-toe action. The 28-year-old has been in with Felix Diaz, losing a close majority decision in 2014, and then unbeaten Amir Imam, whom he defeated by TKO in 2015 when Imam was the top contender at 140-pounds. Granados went punch for punch with Adrien Broner in his last match, but came up just short, losing a split decision in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati on Feb. 18.
The 28-year-old Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KOs) is a former kickboxer from Russia who has been waiting nearly a year for his opportunity to fight for a world championship. Lipinets has only been the distance twice in his pro career and he earned his title shot with an eighth-round knockout of Lenny Zappavigna in a title eliminator last December. In his most recent start, Lipinets stopped Clarence Booth via third-round TKO in March at Barclays Center.
“I feel very privileged to be in the position to fight for this world title,” said Lipinets. “I will prepare to face the best possible fighter on that night and I promise that I will not disappoint. The lights will be bright but I have trained too hard not to leave the ring as a world champion.”
Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16 KOs) will be making his U.S. debut and fighting for a world championship for the first time when he meets Lipinets for the 140-pound title. The 32-year-old Kondo, of Kazo, Saitama, Japan, has won eight straight matches, including five by stoppage. This will be his third fight this year after he stopped Komsan Polsan in March and defeated Yuya Okazaki by TKO in May.
Sergey Lipinets in Trible Header with Wilder & Jacobs
September 13, 2017
Now that the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz heavyweight title fight is essentially a done deal, BoxingScene.com has learned Showtime is in the process of finalizing a tripleheader for November 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Showtime’s telecast also is expected to feature former middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs and junior welterweight contender Sergey Lipinets in separate bouts. Opponents haven’t been finalized for Jacobs or Lipinets, but Lipinets will fight an undetermined opponent for the vacant IBF super lightweight championship.
Brooklyn’s Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) will fight for the first time since losing a close, 12-round unanimous decision to middleweight knockout artist Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) in their 160-pound title fight March 18 at Madison Square Garden.
Kazakhstan’s Lipinets (12-0, 10 KOs), the IBF’s mandatory challenger at 140 pounds, will fight for the title Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) gave up after winning it by knocking out Namibia’s Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs) in the third round of their championship unification fight August 19 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Representatives for Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), the WBC heavyweight champion from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the Cuban-born Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs, 2 NC) have been working to finalizing their agreement for two months.
The Time Has Come for Sergey Lipinet’s Title Shot
August 30, 2017
Terence Crawford has vacated the IBF junior welterweight title.
Earlier this month, Crawford – who held the WBC, WBO titles – unified the entire division when he knocked out IBF, WBA champion Julius Indongo in three rounds. The fight was showcased as an ESPN televised main event from Lincoln, Nebraska. But there is a price for holding numerous world titles – mandatory defenses – and that’s why there have been very few fighters to hold all four titles simultaneously. The winner of Crawford vs. Indongo was ordered, by the IBF, to face mandatory challenger Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KO).
There was very little time to make Crawford vs. Lipinets happen, as Lipinets promoter Tom Brown bypassed the negotiations period and requested an immediate purse bid – which the sanctioning body scheduled for August 31. Now with three of the world titles around his waist, it appears Crawford – at least for the moment – is sticking around in the junior welterweight division. Top Rank wants to match him against the winner of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn rematch, which may or may not happen in November for the WBO welterweight title.
Lipinets on the other hand will fight for the vacant belt against highest ranked, available challenger. The undefeated contender has been chasing an IBF world title shot since last year, when Indongo dominated Ricky Burns to unify the IBF/WBA world titles. He was on the verge of landing that shot, but the sanctioning body approved Indongo’s request to face Crawford in a four belt unification. The current highest ranked fighter to face Lipinets for the vacant belt is Akahiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16 Os) of Japan – ranked at three [number two spot is vacant] and winner of his last eight fights. If Kondo decides to pass, the sanctioning body will go down the list – with number 4 being undefeated Maurice Hooker.
Adam Lopez vs. Stephen Fulton on Fs1 – Sept. 19
August 28, 2017
It will be a battle of unbeatens when Adam Lopez (8-0, 3 KOs) of Southern California takes on Stephen Fulton (11-0, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA on September 19th. The bout was confirmed to Fightnews.com® by managers Andrew Zak/Journeyman Managment and Alex Vasyfeld/Union Boxing. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds and will be aired live on Fox Sports 1. The contracted weight will be 124 pounds maximum. The site of the event will be the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, PA.
There is no doubt this a hometown fight for Fulton. He actually handed Lopez’ managerial stablemate Joshua Greer his only career loss to date at this very same location in 2015. The majority decision victory for Fulton was non-televised and disputed by the Greer camp. Ironically it has been Greer, not Fulton, who has grabbed the spotlight thanks to his highly viewed KO of unbeaten James Smith earlier this year live on the Showtime network.
Lopez is focused on not leaving any doubt on the outcome. “I am excited and grateful to Andrew, Alex, and all of our team for this opportunity. It will be up to me to pressure Fulton and to set a pace that he can’t keep up with,” said Lopez.
Vernon Brown Stays Undefeated Against Snow
August 25, 2017
The semi-main event turned out to be the fight of the night as two undefeated out of town super welterweights banged away for the six round duration. Chicago’s Vernon Brown (7-0, 6 KOs) won the unanimous decision over Toledo’s Angelo Snow (6-1, 5 KOs) by scores of 60-53 x 3 but it was a good fight. Brown set the tone in the first round for what would be the pattern for the contest as he aggressively pursued Snow. Despite the pleas of his fans and his corner, Snow attempted to fight off the ropes and counter and in the second round he paid the price for his tactics. Near the end of the round he was caught with a booming right hand and was dropped for the knockdown. Very badly hurt and stunned he managed to get to his feet and was saved by the bell ending the round. Showing tremendous heart and resiliency he survived a rocky third round. Brown however kept up his attack, landing hard body blows throughout the fourth and fifth rounds. Snow bleeding from the mouth in the fifth never stopped trying but could not hold the ever aggressive Brown off despite landing an occasional hard counter punch. Brown seemed to step off the gas a bit in the final round as he coasted to victory.
Indongo Does Not Rule out Lipinets Mandatory Showdown
August 18, 2017
Saturday’s undisputed super lightweight world title fight between Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) and Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs) is in the center of the boxing sphere’s attention. Fans, fighters, trainers, managers, and promoters are talking about the historic match-up where all four major championship belts are at stake. Among those who are looking forward to watching this bout is undefeated 140-pounder Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KOs).
The Russian boxer has been the mandatory challenger by the IBF since his eighth round demolition of Australian Leonardo Zappavigna that happened last December. Since then Sergey took step-aside money on two occasions to let Indongo first unify titles in Scotland against Ricky Burns and then sign in for Saturday’s super-fight against Crawford.
The US-based sanctioning body announced a couple of weeks ago winner of Crawford-Indongo has 90 days to defend his belt against the hard-hitting Lipinets.
On Tuesday, Keith Idec informed fans on BoxingScene.com that Terence Crawford was “noncommittal” regarding a potential mandatory defense against the Russian.
The same question was targeted towards the other participant of the big undisputed 140-pound super-fight that takes place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
”For now our focus is Crawford as we do not want to look past him. The future will take care of itself including Lipinets and mandatory challengers of other organizations. All I can say is Julius will never avoid any opponent,” Nestor Tobias said on behalf of the Namibian WBA/IBF unified champion.
The Russian fighter and his team are confident no winner of the Crawford-Indongo fight will be open to facing his offensive minded mandatory. They could be right.
Saturday’s winner is going to be the only male undisputed champion in the sport in twelve years and the magnitude of such glory will open doors for much more important bouts than a mandatory defense against a largely unknown but dangerous opponent.
Nate Gallimore Punishes Justin DeLoach
July 30, 2017
Very few people had heard of Nathaniel “No Problem” Gallimore (19-1-1, 16 KOs) before tonight, but he undoubtedly turned some heads with tonight’s victory. He met up and coming Junior Middleweight title contender Justin DeLoach (17-2, 9 KOs) on the undercard of Victor Ortiz vs. Saul Corral in Bakersfield, California.
The fight between Gallimore and DeLoach actually began days before the two met in the ring. Gallimore called out DeLoach on Twitter and was awarded with a chance to fight, though he was given only a week’s notice. Given the buzz around DeLoach and the short amount of time Gallimore had to prepare, the public saw this as nothing but a tune-up fight for Deloach.
The public was quickly proved wrong when No Problem scored two knockdowns in the first two rounds. DeLoach couldn’t handle Gallimore’s power and, after literally falling off his chair in the corner after Round 5, the doctor called the bout, awarding Gallimore the upset victory. This fight could very possibly have made Gallimore career, as he will most likely be given more attention and bigger fights, possibly leading to a title bout against one of the 154-pound title holders.
Adam Lopez Still Undefeated after win over Romero
July 30, 2017
Paul Romero and Adam Lopez squared off to protect their unblemished records Sunday, July 30, on PBC on FS1. But as the saying goes, somebody’s 0 has got to go.
Both fighters were active throughout the fight. Lopez was the more aggressive fighter in RD1, finding a home with his uppercut. Behind his jab he put together combinations with precision. He followed one punch by another, keeping his distance and pressing forward.
Paul Romero showed flashed of power as well, landing lighting fast hooks early on in round 2. Later in the round, Lopez caught Romero with a cross that buckled his opponents knees. Romero was hurt, but he survived round 2.
As the fights progressed, Adam Lopez became more active. He landed a cross in the opening minute of the third, hurting Romero again momentarily.
The two fighters would exchange punches, Romero landing sneaky hooks, while Lopez would suffocate his opponent with a flurry of fists.
Romero showed he had a chin and could box, but he just didn’t have enough to prove he was the better fighter. One judge saw it as a draw, while the other two saw the fight in Adam Lopez’s favor.
Lopez wins by UD and remains UD, moving to 8-0-0 in the featherweight division.
Nate Gallimore And Adam Lopez on Undercard of Ortiz vs. Corral
July 22, 2017
Upset specialist Nathaniel Gallimore (18-1-1, 15 KOs) will face Justin DeLoach (17-1, 9 KOs) this Sunday. The fight was confirmed by his manager Andrew Zak CEO Journeyman Management and Alex Vaysfeld of Union Boxing Management. The bout will be fought at a catchweight of 156 pounds and is scheduled for 10 rounds.
Gallimore upset unbeaten Jeison Rosario in his last fight ironically on FS1. He got the call for this fight just a few days ago after the original opponent fell out. Gallimore, fortunately, was already in training for another fight. Once again he will enter as the underdog but that is nothing new for him.
“I was born an underdog. This is my time to shine and I will do so on Sunday,” said Gallimore.
Gallimore’s management stablemate Adam Lopez (7-0, 3 KOs) will face unbeaten Paul Romero (7-0-1, 1 KO). The bout is a scheduled for 6 round television swing bout. The contracted weight will be 124 pounds. Lopez like Gallimore is coming off of a big upset having defeated then unbeaten Jordan White in his last bout.
Former world champion Victor Ortiz will battle Mexico’s Saul Corral in the main event
Tom Brown (TGB Promotions) will promote the show with FOX Sports 1 televising. The site location will be the Rabobank Theater, Bakersfield, California.
Abel Ramos & vernon Brown Victorious with Ko’s
July 16, 2017
Welterweight Abel Ramos (18-2, 13 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Emmanuel Robles (15-3, 4 KOs). Ramos dropped Robles with a shot to the jaw and Robles couldn’t continue.
Super Welterweight Vernon Brown (5-0, 4 KOs) scored three knockdowns in the fight. The fight ended due to a vicious knockout by Brown in the third round. Fights were held at the WIld Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Arizona.
Joshua “Dont Blink” Greer Jr. Impvoes Record on Shobox
July 15, 2017
“In the opener of this four-fight “ShoBox” telecast, Joshua Greer Jr. stopped Leroy Davila after five rounds in a bantamweight bout scheduled for eight.
Greer, the bigger puncher and the aggressor throughout the bout, hurt Davila with a straight right hand around the midway point of the fourth round. Davila spent the second half of that round holding Greer and trying to stay away from his power.
Greer also landed a right hand that buzzed Davila with around 15 seconds to go in the fifth round. By then, Davila, a southpaw who boxed well in the second and third rounds, was wearing down and was bleeding from his nose.
Davila decided not to continue following the fifth round.
Chicago’s Greer improved to 14-1-1 and recorded his sixth knockout. Davila, of New Brunswick, New Jersey, lost a second straight fight and dropped to 5-2 (3 KOs).”
By: Keith Idec BoxingScene.com
Adam Lopez Beats Jordan White on TV Debut
MAY 20, 2017
The final televised fight of the evening showcased Adam Lopez (7-0, 3 KOs) of Glendale, Calif. defeating Jordan White (4-1, 3 KOs) of Landover, Md. by unanimous decision (59-55,59-55, 60-54) in a six-round bantamweight bout. This was Adam Lopez’s first TV Debut Fight showing his true skills and determination.
Nathaniel Gallimore Improves Record Over Jeison Rosario
May 2, 2017
The co-main event of the FS1 and FOX Deportes telecast ended in a sixth round TKO by hungry middleweight Nathaniel Gallimore (18-1-1, 15 KOs) of Kingston, Jamaica over Jeison Rosario (12-1, 9 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.Both fighters came out swinging in the first round with Rosario taking it on all three judge’s scorecards. Rosario, who had never gone past the fourth round started to slow down in the fifth as Gallimore took over.
“I came into the fight confident then at some point something just happened, my body started to slow down,” said Rosario. “I got a little tired and I started to fight a little sloppy. My plan is to go back and begin working on my jab consistently, that was my weakness during throughout the fight.”
Gallimore came out of the corner in the sixth round determined to end the fight and succeeded. He dropped Rosario, but the Dominican rose to his feet, only to be dropped by a hard upper cut. In the end, it was a left hook that sent Rosario to the canvas for a third and final time as referee Jay Nady waved off the fight at 2:15 of the sixth round.
“He was fighting really dirty the whole fight, I think he knew he was hurt early on,” said Gallimore. “I knew I had a lot more experience so I just started breaking him down round by round and that’s what got me the win. This was the first time he went so many rounds, so I think it really just got to him to the point where he was just trying to hold on the last few rounds. I came to finish him and that’s what I did.”
Nathaniel Gallimore Opening Bout for PBC 4/29
April 16, 2017
Saturday night edition of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes, April 29 from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.Televised coverage will begin at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and will feature undefeated Jeison Rosario (12-0, 9 KOs) taking on once-beaten Nathaniel Gallimore (17-1-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight attraction.
An unbeaten fighter out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Rosario will make his U.S. debut when he enters the ring on May 16. A pro since 2013, the 22-year-old scored knockouts in his first three starts and won a Domincan welterweight title with a second round stoppage of Jose Vidal Soto in 2014. Rosario’s last three starts have seen him score TKO victories over Euro Gonzalez plus previously unbeaten fighters Carlos Jairo Cruz and Rafael Lorenzo.
Originally from Kingston, Jamaica and fighting out of Evanston, Illinois, Gallimore enters this fight having won his last four bouts, all by knockout. The 28-year-old has fought professionally since 2014 and was unbeaten in his first 14 outings before losing a narrow split-decision last June. He began his 2017 with a third round stoppage of Angel Hernandez in early April.
Indongo Must Face Us Next – He’s Going To Sleep!
April 16, 2017
On Saturday night in Glasgow, Scotland Julius Idongo (22-0, 11 KOs) dominated Ricky Burns over twelve rounds by the scores of 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112 to unify the IBF, IBO and WBA 140-pound titles. Talk has immediately centered on a full unification bout versus Terence Crawford, who holds the WBC and WBO belts in his possession. Crawford defense his title next month against Olympic gold medal winner Felix Diaz. But Idongo does have an IBF mandatory against Sergey Lipinets – and that mandatory defense is due.
”That’s the ruling, that’s what they’re supposed to do and we’re going to enforce it,” Alex Vaysfeld of Union Boxing Management told BoxingScene.com in the aftermath of Indongo’s win. “If you look at it, for example Gervonta Davis, they made him do the IBF mandatory versus Liam Smith. So we were pushed back because of the unification [between Indongo and Burns]. So [Idongo] can either vacate that belt or come over and fight us and it’s going to be very short night, I promise.” But the reality is that a fight versus Crawford in America might be much more lucrative for the native of Namibia.
To that, Vaysfeld remarked – “Here’s what it is, they can offer us step-aside money – which we’re not going to take. They can apply for another unification and that’s with the IBF to either let it go or give them 90 days to put in another unification. But none of that stuff is going to take place. “I just talked to (Al) Haymon and he reassured me that Lipinets is going to fight Indongo or Idongo is going to vacate the belt. But ideally we want Idongo to bring the belts, we’ll fight for it and may the best man win.” And Vaysfeld is ultra confident that that will be the hard-hitting and undefeated Lipinets. “I believe that if Idongo decides to fight and defend the belt against his mandatory challenger, Sergey Lipinets, he will go to sleep,” he boasted. “I’ll bring a Goddamn pillow, I’ll make sure he’s comfortable.”
By: BoxingScene.com Steve Kim
Adam Lopez Wins The Night in Burbank!
April 16, 2017
In a battle of unbeaten featherweights, Adam Lopez (6-0, 3 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Adan Ochoa. Lopez mostly controlled the action by outboxing Ochoa (2-1, 2 KOs) over the course of the fight. Anytime Ochoa mounted an attack, Lopez was able to counter, particularly with right hands to the head. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Lopez, 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.
Joshua Greer Jr. With Potential KO of the Year!
March 11, 2017
Joshua Greer Jr. defeated James Gordon Smith in spectacular fashion on Friday night, knocking him out with a right hook to the chin that sent Smith to the canvas face first. After the knockout, Greer grabbed a pillow that said, “NIGHT NIGHT!!!” on it and paraded around the ring at the MGM Grand in Detrot, Michigan.
Greer caught Smith flush on the chin at with 1:02 remaining in the sixth round of the scheduled eight-round Bantamweight bout on Showtime. Greer improved to 12-1-1 with five knockouts in his career, while Smith suffered his first loss in his 12th professional bout (11-1, 6KOs).
“I told everyone when I got here I didn’t have that pillow for no reason,” Greer said after the fight. “I said don’t blink and I wasn’t playing. I knew I was going to get him.”
Sergei Lipinets TKO’s Clarence Booth
March 4, 2017
It took six-plus rounds Saturday night, but Sergey Lipinets’ vaunted power eventually affected Clarence Booth. Lipinets, the powerful prospect from Kazakhstan, floored Booth with a straight right hand with just over two minutes remaining in the seventh round of their scheduled eight-round junior welterweight fight on the Danny Garcia-Keith Thurman undercard at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The flush punch landed to the middle of Booth’s face and knocked him into the ropes, then to the seat of his trunks. Booth got up, but Lipinets swarmed him in a neutral corner and unloaded a barrage of power punches to Booth’s body and head. Booth blocked some of the punches, but referee Gary Rosato still stopped the fight at 1:33 of the seventh round.
Booth, still standing and alert, disputed the stoppage, the first such loss of a pro career that began in June 2011. The 27-year-old Lipinets, a former kickboxer, improved to 12-0 and recorded his 10th knockout. The 29-year-old Booth, of St. Petersburg, Florida, dropped to 14-3 (7 KOs). His previous losses came by unanimous decision in an eight-rounder to Alex Saucedo (23-0, 14 KOs) and in a four-rounder to Cletus Seldin in Booth’s third pro fight. Booth had been competitive prior to the stoppage, but wasn’t able to hurt Lipinets.
In Talks: Possibility of Adrian Granados vs. Terence Crawford in May
February 27, 2017
Adrian Granados didn’t do enough to beat Adrien Broner on Saturday night, but he might’ve performed impressively enough to land another high-profile fight. BoxingScene.com has learned Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. is exploring a Terence Crawford-Granados fight for the spring because negotiations for a Crawford-Felix Diaz fight haven’t resulted in a deal. Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), the WBC/WBO super lightweight champion, is expected to return to the ring May 20, but that HBO date hasn’t been finalized and could change to sometime in June. The site for Crawford’s next fight hasn’t been decided, either, though a return to his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska has been ruled out for his next bout.
Crawford dominated John Molina Jr. (29-7, 23 KOs) before winning by eighth-round technical knockout December 10 at CenturyLink Center in downtown Omaha. Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, is one of a handful of sites Top Rank is considering for Crawford’s return, particularly if Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson, a Newark native, can be showcased on the undercard.
Crawford wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao next, but Arum ruled out a Pacquiao-Crawford fight until at least later this year. Negotiations between Arum’s company and Lou DiBella, whose company promotes the Dominican Republic’s Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs), have continued for weeks, but the parties haven’t been able to come to a financial agreement.
Granados became an option once he provided a tough test for Broner on Saturday night in Cincinnati. Broner won a split decision in their hard-fought 10-rounder, but admitted afterward that Granados, his friend and former sparring partner, hurt him early in their fight. The 27-year-old Granados (18-5-2, 12 KOs), of Cicero, Illinois, said after Broner barely beat him that he would return to the 140-pound division for his next fight. He boxed Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) at the welterweight limit of 147 because Broner demanded a weight switch from 142 pounds after an agreement already was in place for their fight, which Showtime televised from Xavier University’s Cintas Center.
Undercard of Thurman vs. Garcia : Sergey Lipinets vs. Clarence Booth
February 22, 2017
According to manager Alex Vaysfeld, who handles the career of junior welterweight contender Sergey Lipinets, his boxer will be returning to the ring in a couple of weeks. The dangerous puncher will return on March 4th, as part of the undercard to the big welterweight unification between Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. “He’s fighting March 4th on the undercard of Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia. He’s fighting Clarence Booth,” said Vaysfeld to BoxingScene.com.
The hard-hitting Lipinets (11-0, 9KO’s) last fought on December 10th at the Galen Center on the campus of USC where he stopped the rugged Lenny Zappavigna in eight. Currently Lipinets is the top rated challenger in the IBF, who’s belt is held by Julius Idongo. In April, Indongo – who also holds the IBO title – will collide with WBA champion Ricky Burns in a unification clash. The winner will be obligated to fight Lipinets next or face the possibility of being stripped. Vaysfeld confirmed the IBF’s position to BoxingScene.com – “He’s the mandatory for the winner of Indongo and Burns.” But first things first, Lipinents has to get past Booth. “We’re not looking past anybody,” promised Vaysfeld.
Joshua Greer Jr. Opening up Shobox March 10
February 22, 2017
Opening the telecast will be an eight-round bantamweight “Detroit vs. Chicago” showdown between James Smith (11-0, 6 KOs) and Joshua Greer, Jr. (11-1-1, 4 KOs). The 26-year-old Smith was a standout amateur, going 110-9 en route to a bronze medal at the National Golden Gloves. He holds an amateur win over current top-10 bantamweight Antonio Nieves.
Smith, a 5-foot-4, is making his ninth start in Michigan, his seventh in Detroit and first at MGM Grand. A six-year pro, Smith has been victorious in three consecutive matches since a no-contest on Feb. 6, 2016. He is coming off a second-round TKO over Szilveszter Ajtai last Jan. 22 in his fourth consecutive scrap at Masonic Temple in Detroit.”This is a great opportunity to better my career and keep moving it into the right place,” said Smith. “A victory would get me ranked and keep me moving up the ladder. Plus the world will get to see me for the first time. I want to put on a good show, no matter how it goes. I just want it to be a competitive and exciting fight.”
Greer, a 22-year-old Chicago native, was a Chicago Golden Gloves Champion. He will be coming down in weight to face Smith, having normally campaigned around 120 pounds. He was last seen stopping Cristian Renteria in the fifth round in October of last year. Before that he took the undefeated record of the Dominican Republic’s Juan Gabriel Medina (then 10-0, 9 KOs) via unanimous six-round decision. Greer suffered the lone loss of his career in the fifth fight of his career, a majority four-round decision against fellow unbeaten Stephen Fulton in December 2015.
“I feel really good about this. I’m ready and can’t wait for it to happen,” said Greer. “I don’t know much about James Smith, but I know we fought the same opponent, Antwan Robertson, and he got dropped by him. And I stopped him within 24 seconds of the first round. Training is going great. I have the best sparring you can ask for, guys like Adrian Granados, Eddie Ramirez, Hank Lundy. I will be well prepared for this fight. If it was tomorrow, I’d be ready.”
Fight Week : Adrian Granados vs. Adrien Broner
February 14, 2017
Article By: FightNews.com
Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) will be in his biggest fight as a pro when he takes on former four-division world champion Adrien Broner (32-2, 25 KOs) on February 18th. The fight will take place at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Broner will be 1) fighting at home and 2) enter the fight as the heavy favorite. Neither of these facts worry Granados or his management.
“Anybody can work with a fighter when he is winning. My first involvement with Adrian was for his narrow decision loss to Brad Solomon in 2015. We expressed to him following the fight that we were impressed by his performance. Him not getting the decision was irrelevant to us. It’s all about the journey for us. He’s in a very tough fight with Broner, but Granados is the type of fighter who rises to the occasion in the big fights as he showed vs. Amir Imam,” said Andrew Zak of Journeyman Management.
How has your training camp been for this fight?
I am in excellent condition. I have had two training sessions per day. One in the morning and one in the evening. I am ready to go.
Are you still working your full time job?
Not anymore. I am a full time boxer now. Much respect and thanks to Andrew Zak and his Journeyman Managment team. They saw a lot of potential in me in my disputed loss to Brad Solomon on the undercard of Mayweather vs. Pacquaio. Thanks to them, I can fully concentrate on boxing now. I have worked a full time job and trained for a long time. I have a full appreciation for what they are doing for me.
How have you kept yourself mentally focused following your upset of unbeaten Amir Imam over a year ago?
It looked like I was going to get a few different major fights after beating Imam. Things just did not materialize but thank God that I now am getting a much bigger opportunity and fighting Broner. I give Broner a lot of respect. He has been very respectful to me throughout this promotion. He also was willing to fight me when others declined.
How have you been handling so much media attention due to the magnitude of this fight and who you are fighting?
It was a bit overwhelming in the beginning when the fight was officially announced. I have gotten used to it now and I definitely feel I belong in a big fight like this.
Do you feel that you will have to tighten up your defense in order to deal with the power and speed of Broner?
Honestly I am not really focusing on what Broner is going to be doing but more so on what I need to do. People underestimate my defense and honestly my offensive skills, as well. It’s forgotten by some that I was a very talented amateur also. I will put my skills on full display February 18th.
Does your strategy change fighting Broner in his hometown?
Not at all. I am going to try several things until I find that combination that is successful. There are going to be a lot of fans of mine at this fight as well. 4 hours from Chicago is nothing. I will have my support there for sure.
What would a win over Broner do for your career?
It would not only be career changing but also life changing. It is seriously that big of a victory. I’m not saying it is going to be easy, but I can tell you that I am coming to win.
Abel Ramos vs. Ivan Baranchyk for the Main Event Feb. 10 Live on ShowTime
January 30, 2017
Article By: BoxingScene.com
Miami, OK – Holden Productions, DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. return to the Buffalo Run Casino for an outstanding evening of boxing Friday, February 10 in Miami, OK. The card is highlighted by a quadrupleheader airing live on Showtime at 10:05 PM ET as part of the ShoBox: The New Generation series and features eight fighters with a combined record of 100-6-4 and 76 wins by knockout. Headlining is a 10 round showdown between USBA and WBC USNBC junior welterweight titlist Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk and Abel Ramos. A perfect 13-0 with 10 knockouts, Baranchyk fought on ShoBox last September, shutting out previously unbeaten Zhimin Wang. Residing in Brooklyn, NY by way of Russia, The IBF #7 ranked Baranchyk became the Buffalo Run Casino’s adopted son and is a member of Holden Productions’ “Four State Franchise.” He is promoted by Holden, DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc.
Fighting out of Arizona, Ramos has an impressive 17-1-2 professional ledger and 12 victories by KO. In May 2016, Ramos needed less than 5 rounds to stop undefeated Dario Ferman and he owns impressive victories over Carlos Villa (4-0) and Roberto Ramirez (13-1). The 25-year-old Ramos also has draws against Levan Ghvamichava (9-0-1) and Maurice Hooker (12-0-1). “With an all-action main event between Baranchyk and Ramos, the American debut of Jon Fernandez, a battle of two unbeaten light heavyweights and the return of Trey Lippe-Morrison, this card represents what ShoBox is all about,” said Lou DiBella. ShoBox is a great series and I’d like to congratulate Showtime’s Gordon Hall for winning the Taub Award for the outstanding job he’s done running the program.” In the untelevised portion of the undercard, heavyweight Kenzie Witt, 9-0-2 (8 KO’s), and welterweight Jarrett Rouse, 10-0-1 (4 KO’s), will face opponents to be named.
Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados Press Events Have Begun!
January 6, 2017
Article By: BoxingScene.com
Adrien Broner is predicting a tough night’s work on Saturday 18th February when he meets Adrian Granados at the Cintas Event Center in Cincinnati, Ohio live on BoxNation. Speaking during training camp over the holiday season, ‘AB’ revealed: “I ain’t never met the man, I just know he’s a hell of a fighter.” Granados wiped out previously unbeaten Amir Imam, who racked up an impressive 18-0 record with 15 stoppages prior to the fight in November 2015, which has only enhanced his reputation.
“He’s just come off a fantastic, electrifying win against a great prospect who they were bringing his name up to fight me. He went out there and stopped him! I want to congratulate him on that.” The American Granados has drawn comparisons with Marcos Maidana, who handed Broner his first professional defeat, given his Mexican descent but the four weight World Champion insists: “There is only one Maidana and he’s retired!” Whilst Granados’ record reads four defeats, two came via a split decision and the other two a majority decision result, with Broner aiming to be the first man to stop the 27 year old. “He’s got nothing to lose, he’s fighting for the opportunity to be where I am. That’s why he’s very dangerous. He can fight. I know this is not going to be a walk in the park,” concluded ‘The Problem’ who was talking with FightHype.
Buddy McGirt: “I thought I was dying”!
January 6, 2017
Article By: FightNews.com
Former world champion and famed trainer James “Buddy” McGirt is a staple at the annual International Boxing Hall of Fame ceremonies in Canastota, New York, as an invited guest. Many feel that McGirt himself should be an inductee as both a fighter and trainer, like he is in the Florida, New York and New Jersey Boxing Halls of Fame. As a fighter, he was a two-division world champion. As a trainer, he has led multiple well known fighters to upsets and world title victories. He was also a recipient of the coveted Trainer of the Year award.
But, all of these accolades and accomplishments were the furthest things from McGirt’s mind following his recent trip to the Emergency Room. It was a terrifying experience for him to say the least. Fightnews.com caught up with McGirt at his home in Vero Beach, Florida, where is now resting comfortably and recovering.
Buddy first of all how are you feeling?
I am feeling much better than I was 10 days ago.
Please update our readers on the recent events that took place with regards to your health?
Well, a few weeks back I was in California for a fight as the trainer of IBF #1 ranked junior welterweight Sergey Lippinets. Following his victory, I was having difficulty breathing. I didn’t tell anyone which obviously I should have. Instead, I got on a plane and came home to Florida. Upon arriving home, I was still having very serious issues with my breathing. I couldn’t sleep and I was sweating intensely. I mean it was crazy. It felt so unreal. I never felt like this in my life. I had all kinds of things racing through my mind. I thought maybe I was having mental effects from my boxing days. I laid back down and I thought I heard my late mother’s voice telling me to get up. So I got up and my wife Gina asked me why I was sweating so badly. She herself was wrapped in a blanket trying to keep warm. So you can imagine her thoughts when she saw me sweating like that. I was so out of it and sweating so bad that I went outside in my underwear without event thinking. My wife said that we should go to the emergency room as it was 4 am or so. I said let’s wait 30 minutes to see if this passes. She told me I might not be living in 30 minutes and insisted we leave immediately which we did.
Abel Ramos vs. Ivan Baranchyk Main Event Feb. 10 on ShowTime!
December 29, 2016
Article By RingTv.com
Topflight prospect Ivan Baranchyk is slated to headline a ShoBox quadruple-header against knockout artist Abel Ramos on Feb. 10 at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, RingTV.com has learned.
The telecast will also include the return of undefeated heavyweight prospect Trey-Lippe Morrison, the son of the late heavyweight champion against an opponent-to-be-named, promoter Lou DiBella said in a phone interview. The two other TV fights are in the process of being finalized, he said. But DiBella couldn’t hide his excitement about the expected main event between Baranchyk (13-0, 10 knockouts) and Ramos (17-1-2, 12 KOs). “It should be an all-action fight,” he said.
Baranchyk, who is from Amursk, Russia and now lives in Brooklyn, won a 10-round decision against Wilberth Lopez on Dec. 10 at Buffalo Run and did the same against previously undefeated Zhimin Wang in September. The 23-year-old is co-promoted by Lou DiBella and Tony Holden and has fought his last four fights at Buffalo Run.
Ramos, 25, recorded a draw against undefeated Maurice Hooker in 2014 and has won three straight by stoppage since he was dominated by Regis Prograis in December of 2015 and retired after the eighth round. Morrison (13-0, 13 knockouts) last fought on Dec. 10, stopping Ty Cobb in the second round.
Nathaniel Gallimore 1st Round KO over Baez!
December 19, 2016
In the co-feature, Jamaican junior middleweight Nathaniel “No Problem” Gallimore (16-1-1, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular first-round knockout of previously unbeaten Angelo “Bombardero” Baez (15-1-1, 11 KOs), the Chilean junior middleweight champion.
Gallimore hurt Baez midway through the opening round and then closed the show with vicious left to the liver that dropped Baez to his knees. In obvious pain, he was unable to get to his feet before the 10 count.
Galiimore, who fights out of Chicago, dedicated the fight to his stablemate, the late Ed Brown (20-0), who was murdered earlier this month. “I saw a tape of him (Baez) and knew he backed up to the ropes,” Gallimore explained the finish. “I practiced that shot in the gym and I’m very happy with the outcome. I told all my teammates back in Chicago that I was dedicating this fight to Ed Brown.”
Sergey Lipinets Stops Lenny Zappavigna in IBF Eliminator!
December 11, 2016
USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California – In an IBF junior welterweight eliminator – Sergey Lipinets (11-0, 9 KOs) had his stiffest test when he stopped Lenny “Lenny Z” Zappavigna (35-3, 25 KOs) in the seventh round.
For the first three rounds, Lipinets controlled the contest with his boxing ability, but Lenny Z opened up in the fourth round after staggering Lipinets and started unloading with punches. Both boxers were cut during the fourth round and the locations of the cuts suggested a clash of heads, but there was nothing in the televised replays to indicate a clash. During the fifth round, Lenny Z was unloading with punches and staggered Lipinets -but he left himself open and was decked hard by a counter-hook from Lipinets that sent him down. Lenny Z beat the count, he was staggering on his feet but managed to weather the storm as Lipinets was attempting to finish him off.
Lipinets had the edge in the sixth, pushing back Lenny Z with his punches. During the seventh, Lenny Z was staggered again and was being hurt against the ropes. During the eight, Lipinets unloaded with a combination that caused a delayed reaction to send Lenny Z down for a second time. He was pretty busted up and had several cuts on his face, promoting the referee to wave off the contest.
Nathaniel Gallimore vs. Angelo Baez Dec. 17!
November 23, 2016
Junior middleweight prospect Nathaniel Gallimore (15-1-1, 12 KOs) of Illinois by way of Jamaica takes on unbeaten Angelo Baez (15-0-1, 11 KOs) of Chile in a 10 round bout that will be featured December 17 at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center in Las Vegas. The contracted weight is 154 pounds. Roy Jones Jr (Roy Jones Jr Boxing Promotions) will promote the show with CBS Sports Network televising the card.
Gallimore has reeled off two KO wins in a row following what some felt was a questionable split decision loss this past June. It was his first loss as a pro but his management’s confidence in their man hasn’t wavered. “We’re confident that Nathaniel will give a stellar performance December 17th. Our strong belief in his abilites and talent has not changed. There are decisions that may not go your way sometimes in boxing, as in life. Our team likes to keep things positive. For us it’s all about the journey,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
Adrian Granados vs. Adrien Broner Febuary 11!
October 25, 2016
Four-division world champion Adrien Broner will face the streaking Adrian Granados in a matchup of top-10 ranked 140-pound fighters. The flashy Broner, who has captured titles at 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds, has scored two consecutive knockouts in the super lightweight division.
The hard-charging, all-action Granados, who pulled a stunning upset of then-undefeated WBC No. 1 ranked super lightweight Amir Imam in a dominating performance last November on SHOWTIME, thrives in the underdog role and has a deceiving record; his four defeats, all via split or majority decision, have come against opponents with a cumulative record of 52-1.
Adrian Granados Signs to TGB Promotions!
October 10, 2016
Sherman Oaks, California based TGB Promotions has signed world ranked contender Adrian “El Tigre” Granados signs promotional agreement it was announced by Tom Brown, the company’s President.
“We’re very excited to begin working with Adrian, he’s one of the premier talents in the junior welterweight division and one of the true Mexican warriors in boxing. He has a very bright future and we look forward to giving him fights with some of biggest names, and on some of the biggest platforms possible. ” said Brown. “Having worked with numerous legendary Mexican fighters in my career including Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, Adrian is exactly the type of warrior that boxing fans love,” continued Brown who has worked as a promoter and matchmaker for over three decades.
Joshua Greer Jr. Beats Undefeated Martinez
October 1, 2016
“Bantamweight Joshua Greer (10-1-1, 3 KOs) took the undefeated record of scrappy Juan Gabriel Medina (10-1, 9 KOs) via six-round unanimous decision. Greer came out blazing and dropped Medina in each of the first two rounds, but Medina hung tough and kept it interesting, pressuring Greer and always a split second away from landing a fight-changing shot. He never did. Like an angry water bug, Greer’s speed is something to see, both of fist and foot. He moves around the ring like a hovercraft and then darts in with blazing fists. Given a few more rounds, this one may have gotten even more interesting. Good win for Greer. The scores were 60-52, 57-55 and 57-55”
Abel Ramos Wins the ABO Title
August 26, 2016
“Welterweight Abel Ramos (17-1-2, 12 KOs) one of Arizona’s most promising prospects, picked up his third consecutive win at the Legends Event Center, in Phoenix, AZ, on Friday night over Juan Jesus Rivera (28-15, 18 KOs), who fights out of Aguascalientes, Mexico. The 146lb bout was scheduled for eight rounds of fighting, but didn’t see the final bell as Rivera’s corner stopped the fight just after the conclusions of the seventh round.
From the opening bell, Ramos continuously found a home for his right hand on the left eye of Rivera, who was game, but overmatched by the skill of the young fighter out of Casa Grande, Arizona. Within minutes of the opening bell, Rivera’s left eye was beginning to swell from the crisp combinations Ramos fired off. As expected, though, Rivera did fight valiantly, and never backed down from the confrontation—even waving his hands at Ramos to “bring the fight to him,” but he never found his rhythm.
It was definitely a crowd pleasing fight, especially for the many Ramos fans in attendance who cheered loudly and often as their fighter battered the journeyman. Rivera’s corner was not as entertained by the fight, and had seen enough blows land on their fighter, and intelligently waved off the affair before the final round could commence.
In addition to the victory, Ramos also took home the Association of Boxing Organizations (ABO) welterweight title. Ramos is looking to string together a series of wins after his only loss, where he was TKO’d in a televised Showtime Shobox bout by the up-and-coming prospect Regis Prograis in Houston, TX, last December.”
By Santino DeFranco at ringside
Photos: Santino DeFranco
Article from FightNews.com
Adrian Granados Back in Action Tonight
July 16, 2016
Super lightweight contender Adrian Granados’ (17-4-2, 12 KOs) will return to the ring tonight at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona, against Ariel Vasquez (12-15-2, 8 KOs) of Nicaragua.
The bout is scheduled for eight rounds at a contracted weight of 145 pounds. Granados’ career took a major turn for the best this past November when he upset previously unbeaten WBC #1 ranked super lightweight contender Amir Imam (17-1, 12 KOs) by eighth round KO.
Although this fight is being fought at a catchweight, but Granados’ management made it quite clear that 140 is where he will pursue a world title. “Adrian scored a major upset vs Imam. There have been multiple fight offers at 147 that we as a team declined. Adrian, my new partners Union Boxing Management, and I all agreed that 140 is where he will pursue a world title. Adrian has earned and deserves that,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
Lipinets stops Castillo in seven
July 15, 2015
Photos: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions
Unbeaten super lightweight contender Sergey Lipinets (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Walter Castillo (26-4-1, 19 KOs) on Friday night at the Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. Lipinets was cut over the left eye in round four, but he rocked Castillo in round seven and got stoppage with a barrage of punches. Time was 2:45.
Sergey Lipinets is ready for bigger and better
July 14, 2016
By: Francisco Salazar
When the words “boxing” and “Kazakhstan” are used in the same sentence, fans automatically think of unified middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin. And rightfully so.
Golovkin has is unified world title belts, sold out arenas and put together a streak of 22 consecutive knockout wins.
While Golovkin’s popularity has skyrocketed over the last couple of years, another Kazakh fighter hopes to blaze his own trail in the boxing world.
Unbeaten Sergey Lipinets is a long ways from fighting in front of large crowds or earning seven-figure purses. But if he continues winning, the possibility could become a reality.
Lipinets will face Walter Castillo Friday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. The 10-round junior welterweight bout will top a “PBC on ESPN” broadcast, which begins airing at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
After a foray in mixed martial arts and an extensive amateur background, the 27-year-old Lipinets has been fighting as a pro since April of 2014.
He faces Castillo (26-3-1, 19 knockouts), who has lost once in his last 12 fights and fought to a majority draw against Keita Obara on Nov. 7 in an IBF junior welterweight title eliminator in Miami, Florida.
“Castillo is a veteran with many more fights than me,” said Lipinets in the lead-up to Friday’s fight. “I know experience will be on his side but I have many fights (in kickboxing) that will make up for my lack of fights in the boxing arena. I’m going to be setting the pace from the opening round. I’m expecting him to be in great shape, so I believe it’s going to be a good competitive fight but one I feel I can win.”
In his last bout on March 15, Lipinets (9-0, 7 KOs) broke Levan Ghvamichava down before knocking him out in the fifth round. Prior to that fight, Lipinets won a 10-round unanimous decision over Haskell Rhodes in a clash of unbeaten fighters on Oct. 30.
ESPN reaches out to larger audiences than the FS1 and Bounce TV networks, respectively. Lipinets believes an impressive performance on Friday night can leave an impression on fight fans wanting to see him again.
“I’m very thankful to be fighting on a great network like ESPN. I’m hoping to score a spectacular knockout and have it be shown on SportCenter’s Top 10 plays. That would be great. One thing the fans watching can count on is me throwing a lot of hard punches. I want to have an electrifying performance.”
Lipinets, who will have trainer Buddy McGirt in his corner, has likely not yet reached his peak as a professional prizefighter.
As the competition gets stronger, more of Lipinets’ strengths and weaknesses will be exposed. Can he continue winning in an impressive manner to the point in which he could become as famous as Gennady Golovkin?
Time will tell.
“I never dreamed everything would come so fast. I’m making a name for myself and everyone is starting to take notice.”
“I’m feeling really confident going into this fight and (I believe) my career is taking off.”