Mikey Garcia Makes Boxing History With Victory over Sergey Lipinets
March 11, 2018
Anthony Saldana (68 articles)
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Mikey Garcia Makes Boxing History With Victory over Sergey Lipinets

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Saturday on Showtime from the Freeman Coliseum, in San Antonio, Texas undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KO’s) of Moreno Valley, California by way of Oxnard, went toe to toe and made boxing history when he defeated the IBF Super Lightweight World Champion, Sergey Lipinets (13-1, 10 KO’s) of Martuk, Kazakhstan. The fight between Garcia and Lipinets was originally set to take place on February 10th, but Garcia’s initial journey for a fourth division world title had to be postponed due to a hand injury Lipinets’ sustained while in training.With the victory Mikey became only the third boxer in modern history to hold titles at Featherweight (126), Super Featherweight (130), Lightweight (135) and Super Lightweight (140). Throughout the very entertaining fight Lipinets never backed down and forced Garcia to box, use his experience and overall technical ring generalship to out point him. Lipinets hurt Garcia at the end of the first round with a solid right hook that bloodied the nose of Garcia and did catch Garcia several times with with hard shots, but Garcia stayed one step ahead of Lipinets for much of the fight. Both fighters continued to exchange vicious shots in the center of the ring and in the seventh it was Garcia that countered Lipinets with a devastating left hook that floored Lipinets for the first time in his career. Lipinets beat the count and stood his ground for the rest of the hotly contested battle. After twelve action packed round of boxing the judges returned with the scores of 116-111 and 117-110 twice all in favor of Garcia. “Getting this fourth title is an honor that gets me mentioned with Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, and I’m very grateful for everything that’s happening to me right now,” Garcia said. “I’m just very excited and very emotional right now. With my brother (Robert) and my dad, we leave a little chapter in boxing that people will remember, our names, the Garcia family, for ages to come.” Garcia went on to say “He came in exactly as I expected, very tough, very determined and very hungry. He’s a strong fighter and we had to work with angles, footwork and behind the jab because he knew he was going to be there for a long night. He was very determined and dangerous with those overhand rights and left hooks. We had to be very careful but we had a great game plan and were very prepared.”

In the co-main event Kiryl Relikh (22-2, 19 KO’s) won a lopsided battle against the previously unbeaten WBA #1 Ranked, Rances Barthelemy (26-1, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBA Super Lightweight Title. Last May both fighters gave fight fans an all out war but is was Barthelemy who pulled off a very tough unanimous decision victory despite being a very closely contested battle. Saturday night Barthelemy looked to become the first Cuban boxer ever to win world titles in three different weight classes but had that planned was spoiled by Relikh who clearly out boxed Barthelemy in the twelve round championship bout. Relikh landed more punches and forced Barthelemy to fight a very defensive fight. Barthelemy did land several hard shots on Relikh but many of those shots seemed to be low blows Barthelemy was throwing on purpose. Barthelemy had a point deducted for a low blow in the 7th round, but he continued to throw them until the end of the fight. After twelve rounds of one sided action the judges scored the fight 117-110, 118-109 (twice) all in favor of Relikh. According to Showtime’s unofficial punch stats, Relikh landed 249-of-1,237 overall punches, 112 more than Barthelemy (137-of-494). The newly crowned champion connected with more

power punches (167-of-637 to 102-of-281) and jabs (82-of-600 to 35-of-213).

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