Lipinets: Broner Should've Beaten Garcia, But Wasn't at His Best

By Keith Idec

Sergey Lipinets was surprised Mikey Garcia beat Adrien Broner, especially so easily.

Garcia was a sizeable favorite over Broner, even though Garcia moved up from the lightweight limit of 135 pounds to box Broner in a 12-round, 140-pound fight. Lipinets still expected Broner to win their non-title fight July 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The smart, strong Garcia got off to a fast start and beat Broner comfortably on all three scorecards (117-111, 116-112, 116-112). That superb performance convinced Garcia to remain at 140 pounds for a shot at Lipinets’ IBF junior welterweight title Saturday night at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio (Showtime; 10:15 p.m. ET).

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“I think Adrien should’ve won that fight,” Lipinets told through a translator. “He would’ve won if he just developed a plan to walk Mikey down, throw more punches and, as a naturally bigger guy, show his resolve in the ring. But Adrien, for some reason, just didn’t do anything.”

Broner’s biggest problem that night – and in other fights – was that the four-division champion from Cincinnati didn’t throw enough punches, particularly early in that 12-rounder.

“That was a very inactive Adrien Broner who wouldn’t get off,” Lipinets said. “And when he did get off, it showed. I’m a different animal he’s getting in the ring with. The speed will show that I’m a natural 140-pounder who has the speed of a lightweight. Mikey, we’ll see how his speed matches up to me. Whoever’s got more will, whoever’s got a better chin, whoever’s faster, will win.”

Kazakhstan’s Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs), though inexperienced compared to Garcia, has fought no lower than the super lightweight/junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds since the 28-year-old champion made his pro debut in April 2014. The 30-year-old Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs), of Oxnard, California, has won world titles at featherweight (126 pounds), super featherweight (130) and lightweight (135) during his 11-year pro career.

“Broner used to be a top guy at 140 and [Garcia] took care of business against him relatively easily,” Lipinets said. “I guess he thinks that will be the case with me.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4Pdunny on 03-07-2018

thats because his best is long gone

Comment by Dr.Cool on 03-07-2018

Lipinets is an idiot. Broner didn't walk Mikey down and impose his size on him, because every time he stood in front of Mikey, Mikey got off numerous shots forcing AB to try and weave, duck, and block the incoming…

Comment by Clegg on 03-06-2018

When was Broner at his best?

Comment by daggum on 03-06-2018

im failing to see why he should have won?

Comment by Illmatic94 on 03-06-2018

everytime broner gets his ass whipped its the same sht. "if he woulda let his hands go. ." maybe. just maybe broner isn't letting his hands go because that would just make the ass whipping worse. garcia lit him up…

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