USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California - In an IBF junior welterweight eliminator - Sergey Lipinets (11-0, 9 KOs) had his stiffest test when he stopped Lenny "Lenny Z" Zappavigna (35-3, 25 KOs) in the seventh round.
For the first three rounds, Lipinets controlled the contest with his boxing ability, but Lenny Z opened up in the fourth round after staggering Lipinets and started unloading with punches. Both boxers were cut during the fourth round and the locations of the cuts suggested a clash of heads, but there was nothing in the televised replays to indicate a clash.
During the fifth round, Lenny Z was unloading with punches and staggered Lipinets - but he left himself open and was decked hard by a counter-hook from Lipinets that sent him down. Lenny Z beat the count, he was staggering on his feet but managed to weather the storm as Lipinets was attempting to finish him off.
Lipinets had the edge in the sixth, pushing back Lenny Z with his punches. During the seventh, Lenny Z was staggered again and was being hurt against the ropes. During the eight, Lipinets unloaded with a combination that caused a delayed reaction to send Lenny Z down for a second time. He was pretty busted up and had several cuts on his face, promoting the referee to wave off the contest.
Adan Mares (14-1-4), younger brother of Abner, fought Evincii Dixon (7-14-1) to a draw in their lightweight bout. The final tallies were 38-38 on all three cards of the 4 round bout.
Rising junior middleweight prospect Erickson Lubin (17-0, 12KOs) blew out Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (23-2, 15KOs) in two rounds. Lubin dominated the fight, hurt Cabrera with just about every punch. Lubin dropped the Dominican twice in the round with the ref stopping the fight after the second knockdown at the 2:09 mark.
Middleweight contender Hugo Centeno Jr. (25-1) picked up a knockout victory over Ronald Montes (17-5) who was unable to answer the bell to begin the fourth round. Centeno ate a few shots early on but dominated most of the action.
Unbeaten super featherweight prospect Mario Barrios (17-0) made quick work of Claudio Rosendo Tapia (24-19-4). The Texan stopped Rosendo Tapia at the 2:36 mark of the second round.
In the opening bout of the evening, former title challenger Josesito Lopez (34-7) returned from long ring absence to defeat Todd Manuel (12-12) via unanimous decision. Lopez won the 6 round bout by the scores of 60-54 twice and 59-55.