Mikey Garcia Defeats Sergey Lipinets to Become Four-Division Champion
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: March 11, 2018
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Last night the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas played host to a night of boxing action that featured the return of technician Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs). Garcia faced off against Sergey Lipinets (13-1, 10 KOs) for the IBF 140-pound championship. After twelve competitive rounds of action, Garcia came away with the unanimous decision victory. The judges scored the fight 118-109 twice with one scorecard of 117-110 all in favor of Garcia.
With the victory, Garcia has joined future Hall-of-Famers Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as the only boxers in the history of the sport to win titles in the featherweight (126), super featherweight (130), lightweight (135) and super lightweight (140) divisions.
Despite the wide nature of the scorecards, the fight between Garcia and Lipinets was tight and competitive throughout. From the start the Mexican technician found a home for his right hand, setting up the punch with a jab all through the fight. Lipinets never looked unfazed by any of Garcia’s punches and stuck to his game plan of punching with Garcia. Lipinets used a jab that bloodied Garcia’s nose and would occasionally land left hooks on the inside. After six rounds of action, Showtime’s unofficial judge Steve Farhood had the bout scored four rounds to two in favor of Garcia.
In the seventh round, all of the focus on Garcia’s right hand took away Lipinets’ awareness of the left hook. Lipinets attempted a combination with an uppercut from the outside and left himself open to a left hook counter that put him down on the canvas. Lipinets rose from the canvas on wobbly legs, but remained focus and continued with his game plan. The Russian fighter would continue to apply pressure on Garcia for the remainder of the bout occasionally landing left hooks and uppercuts. Garcia landed the more telling blows in the contest, but Lipinets was always ready to engage leaving Garcia no room for any mental lapses in concentration. When the final bell rang signifying the end of the match, Lipinets had proven himself to be one of the top fighters in the 140-pound division. The final punch stats reflected how competitive the bout was with Garcia landing 169 out of 679 total punches and Lipinets landing 144 out of 509 total punches.
Although Lipinets did not come away with the victory against Garcia, there will be more fans that will want to see him in the ring again. For Garcia, the win over Lipinets leaves him with plenty of options to consider for his next fight. Garcia in his post-fight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray stated that he would be willing to move up to the welterweight division.
The now four-division world champion still has options in the lightweight division. Unification fights with IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. and WBA champion Jorge Linares are highly anticipated with fans and pundits alike. Then there is a potential fight with two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko. Garcia-Lomachenko would be one of the most significant matches that could be made in the entire sport.
Since returning to the sport after a two and half year hiatus, Garcia has become one of boxing’s most prominent influencers. As he continues to build his resume, Garcia has become a bigger star in the sport. Whomever Garcia decides to step in the ring with next; fans will be watching.
(Feature Photo: Amanda Westcott/Showtime)