by Tamas Pradarics
Sergey Lipinets secured a long-time dream last Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York when he captured the vacant IBF junior welterweight world title with a twelve-round decision win over Japanese Akihiro Kondo.
Lipinets (13-0, 10 KO’s) became the mandatory challenger by the International Boxing Federation since last December after he stopped Leonardo Zappavigna in eight rounds in a bloodbath to get the No. 1 spot in the rankings.
The Kazakh fighter, however, had to be patient to get a shot at the belt because of then-champion Julius Indongo’s busy schedule in title unification against Ricky Burns and Terence Crawford.
Lipinets received step-aside fees on two occasions to let the big fights come along but never missed to mention he would be more than happy to destroy the Namibian world champion.
After Crawford won the undisputed WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO/Ring unification over Indongo on August 19, the IBF ultimately made him vacate the belt to give Lipinets his just due shot at it.
Though Lipinets fulfilled his promise to win the belt over Kondo, he had a tougher-than-expected evening in the squared circle with his determined Japanese counterpart. The Kazakh fighter got cut badly on his forehead after an accidental butt in round six and had to fight on with a bothered vision as a result of the injury.
Former champion Indongo (22-1, 11 KO’s) was not too attracted by his former mandatory’s performance last Saturday.
“I am actually glad he never got to fight me at the time because I would have destroyed him and so would Terence [Crawford] have,” said Indongo to BoxingScene.com.
The Namibian fighter, who is already in the gym to get ready to continue on his career, would happily take on the new belt holder to give him the chance to prove his sometimes harsh comments regarding a fight between the two.
“Now that Lipinets is a champion, I want to show him firstly what I would have done to him if I fought him a few months ago and secondly what Crawford would have done to him, which he can’t do now because he moved up [to welterweight]. It is time for Lipinets to put all that trash talk into action by facing me in the ring. I am ready to fight you anywhere and anytime!”
Nestor Tobias, trainer and promoter of Indongo and head of the MTC Sunshine Promotions would love to see Lipinets taking the fight he once was starving for.
“You have a belt now, you have an option to pick a voluntary, Indongo is right in front of you, so don’t duck and fight a real champ, Sergey!”
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