By Jake Donovan
Sergey Lipinets continues to his fast track towards contention, his latest feat coming in a 5th round body shot knockout of Levan Ghvamichava in their Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Fox Sports 1 headliner Tuesday evening at Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California.
The super lightweight matchup developed typical of any involving Lipinets - the early portion spent measuring up his opponent and finding a way to shorten the distance between himself and his opponent. Ghvamichava failed to take advantage, neither outworking the stone-faced Kazhaktstan-born stalker or finding a way to change the tempo of the fight.
It's not to say that the furry boxer from the Eurasian republic of Georgia didn't have his moments of success. Ghavamichava - whose "Wolf" nickname is perfectly complemented by (and spawned from) his thick layers of chest and back hair - was able to beat Lipinets to the punch on several occasions, though often just once at a time and at no point managed to offer a sustained attack.
Lipinets made him pay dearly for that. The ring grew incredibly shorter for Ghavamichava in round five, who was willing to trade but lacked the firepower and the mobility to disrupt the incoming. Lipinets - a Kazakhstan-born stone-faced stalker who lives in Russia and trains in Los Angeles - moved in for the kill, closing the show with a vicious body shot that put Ghavamichava down for the full ten count.
The official time was 1:40 of round five.
A six-fight knockout streak was snapped with Lipinets' previous win, a 10-round decision over the mobile Haskell Rhodes last October. He vowed a stoppage victory would come from this clash of styles, making good on that promise, improving to 9-0 (7KOs) with the win coming less than two weeks prior to his 27th birthday.
The plan - according to his handlers - is to continue to move at an aggressive pace, with visions of a title fight before year's end.
As for Ghavamichava, it's back to the proverbial drawing board. The Virgil Hunter-trained boxer snaps a seven fight unbeaten streak in falling to 16-2-1 (12KOs).
Sergiy Derevyanchenko had the opportunity to box his way to victory. Instead, the unbeaten middleweight chose to give the fans a finish to remember, scoring an 8th round stoppage of Mike Guy in their televised co-feature.
Derevyachenko scored two knockdowns in the final minute of the fight, with a final flurry forcing the stoppage.
The middleweight scrap was competitive throughout the first half, with Guy doing his best to conquer Derevyachenko's busier workrate. The 34-year old from Sacramento scored repeatedly in the middle rounds, but didn't have enough to keep the undefeated prospect at bay.
It ultimately proved to be his undoing. as Derevyachenko dialed up his attack in the later rounds. Guy reached a point where he appeared to be on his way to lasting the full eight round distance, but was twice dropped hard late in round eight. Derevyachenko floored Guy with about a minute to go in the fight, immediately following up with a body shot attack for a second knockdown.
Guy beat the count on both occasions, but was a sitting duck for the ensuing volley, thus forcing the stoppage.
The official time was 2:24 of round eight. Derevyachenko - who represented his native Ukraine in the 2008 Beijing Olympics but is now based out of Brooklyn, NY - improves to 8-0 (6KOs); Guy falls to 8-2-1 (4KOs), snapping a three-fight win streak.
Opening the telecast, Kevin Watts remained undefeated as a pro following a 5th round stoppage of Michael Chudecki.
The final stoppage itself came into question as it appeared that Chudecki could have continued. However, Watts had the Polish southpaw badly hurt, dropping him with a left hook early in the round, with an ensuing rally prompting referee Edward Collantes to intervene, to the chagrin of the crowd on hand.
The official time was 2:01 of round five.
Watts improves to 11-0 (4KOs). His entire pro career has taken place in his home state of California, though mainly in the Southern California region far away from Lancaster hometown in the Bay Area.
Chudecki falls to 11-2 (3KOs), with both career losses coming in his last three starts. Wedged in between was an upset win over previously unbeaten Louis Cruz this past January on the road in New York City.
Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox