Mikey Garcia vs. Sergey Lipinets News, Preview & Prediction

Mikey Garcia is hunting his fourth strap in as many weight classes, as he takes on Sergey Lipinets in a battle for the vacant WBA world title at 140 pounds this weekend. The boxing bout is scheduled for February 10th at the Alamodome in Texas, United States.

Garcia is an undefeated fighter (37-0-0) who has transitioned from 135 pounds to 140 for this fight. Last time out he overcame luke-warm opposition in Adrien Broner in a 12-round unanimous decision.

If the American is successful in his win over Lipinets this weekend he will become only the third champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds in the modern era of boxing. Other fighters to share this prestigious accolade are Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.

Mikey Garcia Fight Record

Mikey Garcia is touted as a contender as pound-for-pound currently. The hype is owing to his status as one of the most skilled boxer-punchers in the game, with a clean record of 37 wins with 30 by knockout or TKO. Let’s review his last five fights.

Garcia hasn’t been in any rush to cement his claim as top dog in the lighter weight classes in boxing as his one-fight-a-year average is anything to go by. Garcia fought twice last year, one of which was the epic showdown with the outspoken Adrien Broner. Despite being favourite to end his opponent inside the distance, Garcia took Broner the full twelve rounds although looked comfortable on top throughout. Prior to this, the American earned two stoppages at the expense of Dejan Zlatičanin and Elio Rojas.

Opponent

Result

Method

Date

Location

Adrien Broner Win UD Jul 29, 2017 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
Dejan Zlatičanin Win KO Jan 28, 2017 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
Elio Rojas Win TKO Jul 30, 2016 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
Juan Carlos Burgos Win UD Jan 25, 2014 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
Román Martínez Win KO Nov 9, 2013 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.

 

Sergey Lipinets Fight Record

The Samurai has been the busier of the two fighters and has matched Garcia’s recent fight record of 5 wins on the bounce. He too is undefeated at this level although it may be argued that the class of opponent has been far inferior to that of the man he will square off against this weekend. Lipinets ended four of his last five fights by knockout or TKO and only the wiley Kondo from Japan tested him over 12 rounds. We therefore know he can go the distance, but has license to put guys away early if necessary.

Opponent

Result

Method

Date

Location

Akihiro Kondo Win UD Nov 4, 2017 United States Barclays Center, New York, City, New York, U.S.
Clarence Booth Win TKO Mar 4, 2017 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
Lenny Zappavigna Win KO Dec 10, 2016 United States Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Walter Castillo Win TKO Jul 15, 2016 United States Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.
Levan Ghvamichava Win KO Mar 15, 2016 United States Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino, Nice, California, U.S.

 

Our Prediction for Mikey Garcia vs. Sergey Lipinets

On paper, this is Garcia’s fight. He wins nine times out of ten. And given that Lipinets is no fool, albeit a questionable step-down from Adrien Broner – there’s every chance this fight could go to the judges’ scorecards. Garcia need this notch on his belt to build momentum for the big money fights further down the line. There has already been talk of him facing off against Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko in late 2018. But we’ll know more on that when he gets on the mic after the final bell this weekend.

“Neither one of us wants to lose. We’re both undefeated and no one wants to give up that ‘0’. That’s going to make this a great fight for the fans.

“I don’t have a number of titles that I’m chasing, but I do believe I will be a champion at 140-pounds and eventually at welterweight. Each fight is unique and I’m going to keep taking it one fight at a time.

“I’ve been winning and dominating my fights, but I still have room to show the fans more of my skills. I need opponents who will bring the best out of me. I’m going to keep trying to dominate each fight and make it easy for myself in the ring.” -Mikey Garcia

Lipinets can fight and will use this opportunity to position himself as a top contender in the light welterweight division. He’s an underdog for good reason, which is why the bookmakers are giving long odds on him emerging victorious against Garcia. Bet on him at your own risk.

“It was a great camp. We had a lot of different sparring partners that were giving me different looks as far as boxing abilities. Every single one of them had styles similar to Mikey. I’m ready to go. I’m not going to let anything get in the way. I’ll come out victorious Saturday night.

“I feel great. It doesn’t matter if I’m an underdog or not, I’m ready to prove everybody wrong. I really want to show everybody that I’m the one that they should be looking at; that I’m the champion.” – Sergey Lipinets

Take a punt on Mikey Garcia to finish the fight on points. 

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