Sergey Lipinets vs Mikey Garcia
3 division champion, WBC lightweight world champion, California based Mexican/American, Mikey Garcia, puts lightweight defences on hold to compete at light welterweight, and on this occasion, he takes on undefeated IBF world champion, Russia's Sergey Lipinets. The fight takes place at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, the venue, containing a supportive, mostly pro Garcia crowd of fans.
The champion is the one on the front foot, early, but Garcia, very mobile. Garcia scores with all the punches in the fight, takes a clear lead after 2 rounds, Lipinets lands his first decent punches in round 3, blood exits Garcia's nose. As Garcia's opponent takes more chances, he hits him with good, clean punches.
Lipinets makes Garcia uncomfortable in the mid rounds, but he is still countered often, as Garcia tags him consistently. Lipinets struggles for accuracy, but does land some good, hard shots. In round 7, Garcia sets a trap, and as Lipinets comes in, Garcia lands a counter left hook, puts Lipinets down heavily. The champion shows great recuperation in rounds 8 and 9, Lipinets is aggressive, able to land some good shots, and he overpowers Garcia, Garcia takes the punches, and responds with his own.
Lipinets continues to plough forward in the late rounds, but Garcia settles down, and out boxes the champion, Lipinets takes chance after chance, but struggles to find the target, and rather than coasting, Garcia raises his output.
Mikey Garcia is declared a wide winner by all three judges, wins the IBF belt, becoming a 4 weight champion.