Mikey Garcia set to Face Sergey Lipinets at The Alamodome
Published: December 21, 2017
In the second half of 2017, the boxing world has been drooling over the anticipation of finding out the next opponent for three-division champion Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs). Since his return from his self-imposed hiatus from the ring after a contract dispute with former promoter Top Rank, Garcia has put on one impressive performance after another.
In 2017, Garcia cemented himself as one of the best fighters in the world by first winning the WBC lightweight championship with a vicious knockout over the then-undefeated Dejan Zlaticanin. In his next bout, he moved up to the 140-pound division in what was as of now the most high profile fight of his career and defeated former four-division champion Adrien Broner by wide unanimous decision. After his victory over Broner, Garcia was in discussions with many different opponents. Including name fighters like Miguel Cotto, Jorge Linares, and Robert Easter.
Garcia would instead choose to face newly crowned IBF 140-pound champion Sergey Lipinets(13-0, 10 KOs). Lipinets, who hails from Kazakhstan, won his title in November when he defeated Akihiro Kondo by unanimous decision. Lipinets is still mostly unknown in the United States and will be a substantial underdog against Garcia. Lipinets, however, may be the hardest puncher Garcia has faced thus far giving him a solid punchers chance.
The fight with Lipinets has some historical significance for Garcia should he come out victorious. At this point in his career, Garcia has won titles in the featherweight (126), super featherweight (130) and lightweight (135) divisions. With a victory, Garcia will join Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as the only fighters in boxing history to have won titles at featherweight, super featherweight, and lightweight.
Garcia-Lipinets will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Feb. 10. The bout will be shown live on Showtime. 2018 may be the most significant year of Garcia’s career. Garcia has aspirations to become one of the best fighters of this era.
(Feature Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime)