Sergey Lipinets stops Lamont Peterson in 10

Sergey Lipinets stops Lamont Peterson in 10

By Joel Tavizon Jr. | Contributing Writer

Published: March 26, 2019

In a night full of battles at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Lamont Peterson (35-5-1, 17 KOs) looked to put on a show on his home turf against Sergey “Samurai” Lipinets (15-1, 11 KOS), but it was all cut short when Lipinets hurt Peterson in round 10 and eventually stopped him.

Peterson walked away bruised and battered announcing his retirement. This would possibly be the last time we would ever see Peterson in the ring again.

From the first bell of round number one, both fighters stood their ground trading shots with some partially blocked. It was no warm-up round with both fighters staying in range until the bell to end the round sounded.

The second round stayed the same with the volume of punches picked up on both sides, Lipinets ripped punches to the body of Peterson. Peterson’s younger brother Anthony Peterson who fought in the co-main event could be seen yelling instructions at Peterson as the action continued.

At the start of round three, Lipinets landed two flush left hands that landed cleanly on Peterson. Peterson also threw combinations to the body of Lipinets which resulted in Lipinets throwing punches to the head which seemed to back up Peterson.

Lipinets ended the round with a punch after the bell. By the end of round four, it seemed like Lipinets was landing the more effective and sharper shots even though Peterson would try to respond with some of his own.

It was apparent in round five both fighters were sticking behind their jab, but Lipinets quickly backed up Peterson landing clean punches to his head. Peterson came back with hooks to the body of Lipinets which did not stop Lipinets from coming forward.

Problems at the end of round five started with trouble due to the timekeeper who ended the round too early. Lipinets showed signs of fatigue in round 6 slowing down a bit with Peterson continuing the ripping body shots.

Peterson walked into round eight with both eyes swollen with the fighters continuing the same furious pace as round one. Lipinets landed a hard left hand on Peterson which for the first time in the fight, it was noticeable that Peterson’s legs were not under him.

Lipinets tried to finish the fight, but an experienced Peterson managed to survive the round. A left hand in round ten hurt Peterson once again sending him tumbling into the ropes in which Lipinets took advantage and finished Peterson who could no longer protect himself. His corner also threw in the white towel as soon as Peterson went down.

The ending of the fight was bittersweet with the rise of a future champion and the end of a career of a former champion and experienced veteran.

Joe Goosen ran into the ring carrying Lipinets just like he had carried Diego Chico Corrales after he defeated Jose Luis Castillo in dramatic form.

“I’m sure it’s time for me to hang it up. This will be the last time you see me in the ring, thank y’all so much.”
— Lamont Peterson

Those were some words Peterson gave in the post-fight interview announcing retirement after a long boxing career.

Lipinets gave credit and spoke on how it was thanks to his trainer, Joe Goosen, that he had gotten better than he was in some of his previous fights.

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