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Lipinets: I Expect To Hit Mikey Garcia - Let's See How He Handles It!

By Steve Kim

IBF junior welterweight champion, Sergey Lipinets, will be taking a big step as it has been announced that he will be facing three-time divisional champion, Mikey Garcia on February 10th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The fight will be televised by Showtime.

Through his manager, Alex Vaysfeld, he told BoxingScene.com - "When I won my title it was a great fight with the Japanese fighter, (Akihiro) Kondo but it didn't feel right to me at that time or even after that like I'm a champion and that I'm respected by the boxing community by beating him."

On November 4th at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, Lipinets (13-0, 10 KO's) had a tougher-than-expected time in out-pointing Kondo over twelve rounds, in a fight that was closer to many observers than the scores indicated.

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"I'm not going to get that recognition unless I fight somebody like Mikey Garcia, some of the big names,'' he continued. "That was the first request I put to my team, my managers, Alex Vaysfeld, Andy Zak, and we sat down and I said that I wanted to fight somebody from the top of the food chain."

In Garcia (37-0, 30 KO's) he is facing one of the most respected boxers in the sport.

"I could've kept fighting guys that didn't matter that much - no disrespect to anybody behind me - but my whole thing was to get to stardom from the very beginning of my career."

As for how he'll deal with the master counter-puncher, Lipinets says - "Mikey Garcia is a great fighter, he's got a great pedigree coming out from a great boxing family. I respect everybody who steps in the ring with me. But everybody has a plan till they get it, they say, and I expect Mikey to get hit and we'll see how he handles it."

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ruedboy on 12-15-2017

The biggest mystery of this fight is how Lipnets even has a belt. On paper he qualified for a title shot by beating Zappavigna, who ain't exactly a household name. Then Crawford moves up and Sergey fights Kondo, whose durable…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 12-15-2017

[QUOTE=MrShakeAndBake;18335889]are you off your crystal yet you stupid pendejo ??! what the fvck you mumbling for ? you going to pretend that was not a paid judge ? u canelo d1ck riding hoe lol be real pvssy GGG won that…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 12-15-2017

[QUOTE=MrShakeAndBake;18335889]are you off your crystal yet you stupid pendejo ??! what the fvck you mumbling for ? you going to pretend that was not a paid judge ? u canelo d1ck riding hoe lol be real pvssy GGG won that…

Comment by Shontae De'marc on 12-15-2017

[QUOTE=MrShakeAndBake;18335889]are you off your crystal yet you stupid pendejo ??! what the fvck you mumbling for ? you going to pretend that was not a paid judge ? u canelo d1ck riding hoe lol be real pvssy GGG won that…

Comment by ruedboy on 12-15-2017

This dude's got some low expectations.

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