Mikey Garcia Def. Sergey Lipinets : Becomes Fourth Division Champion
(IBF junior welterweight title)
Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio
Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) not only became a fourth division boxing champion but was the first person to drop former IBF junior welterweight title holder from Kazakhstan’s Lipinets (13-1, 10 KOs) winning all three score cards – Judges Mark Calo-oy (116-111), Julie Lederman (117-110) and Nelson Vazquez (117-110).
Mikey Garcia has been very impressive at 140 and this is his second victory against a top 140 pounder, the first was former four-division champ Adrien Broner (33-3, 24 KOs, 1 NC), which he outboxed back in July.
Lipinets actually had some clean shots on Garcia but the new champion was able to take it all in even till the end, his upper cuts, left hooks didn’t seem to hurt Garcia at all.
In the seventh round, Lipinets was floored for the first time in his entire career by a left hook from Garcia in the 1.46 mark of the seventh round but the former Champ was able to move on, holding on to the end.
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POST FIGHT COMMENTS
Mikey Garcia : “Winning this fourth world title, in a fourth division, it’s an honor to get to be mentioned with the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez,” Garcia told Showtime’s Jim Gray in the ring. “It’s just a huge honor for me. I’m very grateful for everything that’s happening to me right now. I’m just very excited, very emotional right now.”
“He came in exactly as I expected – very tough, very determined, very hungry,” Garcia said. “He’s a strong fighter and we had to work with angles, footwork, behind the jab, because we knew that he was gonna be there for a long night. We knew he was very determined, and he’s very dangerous with that overhand right and those left hooks. So we had to be very careful, but we had a great game plan and we were able to prevail.”
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