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Photos: Mikey Garcia, Sergey Lipinets - Go Face To Face in LA

LOS ANGELES - Undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia and unbeaten IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Sergey Lipinets went face-to-face for the first time Monday at a press conference in Los Angeles to discuss their main event showdown on Saturday, Feb. 10 live on SHOWTIME (10:15 p.m. ET/PT). The matchup of top-5 ranked junior welterweights will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and is presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

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SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING coverage will also feature two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy in a rematch against Kiryl Relikh for the vacant WBA 140-pound world title.

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Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, are priced at $250, $150, $75, $50 and $20. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 12 p.m. CT and will be available at Ticketmaster.com.

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Lipinets will be making the first defense of his world title while Garcia looks to become only the third fighter in modern history to become a champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds, joining future Hall of Famers Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao*.

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STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports

"What boxing needs are great fights. Good, high quality matchups like Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton, Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia and Errol Spence vs. Kell Brook. There needs consistently be good fights, and that's what we have been doing at SHOWTIME for the last couple of years. No other network has done the quality of fights that SHOWTIME is doing. No other network is as committed to the sport as SHOWTIME has been.

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"The best need to fight the best, and that is what Mikey Garcia has done. He came off of a two-and-a-half-year layoff and in 18 months he's had four fights, two title fights and will be going for a title in a fourth weight class, something only Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have done before. That's what great fighters do.

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"Historically the fighters who separate themselves as legendary, are the ones who challenge themselves and travel across weight classes to seek these challenges. But there are two sides to this story. Those who have been paying attention have seen Sergey Lipinets make a lot of noise on SHOWTIME cards lately. He has risen very quickly.

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"If you just look at Lipinets' record, 13-0, and think about him fighting Mikey Garcia it would sound crazy. But if you look at the kind of competition he's faced, his last seven opponents have a combined record of 163-15. That's not something you usually see 13 fights into a career. Lipinets is a combat veteran, and whatever happens in the ring, he will be ready for it. It's going to make for an exciting night."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Califire209 on 12-19-2017

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;18347931]Why was Crawford's voice cracking on ESPN when Stephen A. Smith pressed him on fight on Spence though... #ShookOnes[/QUOTE] Smh... Crawford will beat horn and he will fights Spence very soon,,,,,scared..lmfao

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 12-19-2017

[QUOTE=Califire209;18347895]Just because someone doesn't agree with you don't mean there a casual fan lil man,, first fighter to unify any division since Bernard Hopkins and of course a man like you is going to Hate. your favorite fighter must have…

Comment by Califire209 on 12-19-2017

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;18347202]Yeah... because the Jr. Welterweight division has the same level of competition as the Welterweight division with Spence and Thruman... right :pat: Where do these casual newbs come from? :poke:[/QUOTE] Just because someone doesn't agree with you don't mean there…

Comment by lowblows420 on 12-19-2017

Holy...gnarles barkley is a trainer now

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 12-19-2017

[QUOTE=Califire209;18347137]LOL Crawford is scared of Spence,, the man just unified the entire Jr welterweight division, he fought every Champion to secure the top dog spot in his weight class. If he becomes Champion you best believe that is what he…

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