Lamont Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs) vs Sergey Lipinets (14-1, 10 KOs)
City Park [Fallon]
|Date:||March 24, 2019|
|Address:||5415-5499 Weaver Rd Fallon|
|Phone:||+00 000 0000|
Sunday, March 24, 2019 MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD
FOX Sports 8:00 p.m. ET
Coverage on FS1 and FOX Deportes begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features Anthony Peterson, Lamont’s brother, battling former junior lightweight world champion Argenis Mendez in a 10-round junior welterweight bout that serves as the co-main event.
Lamont Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs) vs Sergey Lipinets (14-1, 10 KOs) –
Lamont Peterson and Sergey Lipinets promise action in boxing battle of ex-champions
There are some fights that, the minute they get signed, you know will be worth your time. Lamont Peterson vs. Sergey Lipinets is one of those fights.
It’s true that the two fierce, fearless junior welterweights are on the opposite ends of their career spectrums. Lipinets, who suffered his first career loss a year ago, is closer to the beginning; Peterson, a former two-division world champion, is closer to the end. But they appear to be meeting at the right juncture of their careers.
Marv Albert and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco used to refer to these as “crossroads” fights. And this one will affect the trajectory of their careers — one way or the other — as former champs Peterson and Lipinets meet at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. (6 p.m., Sunday, FS1/Fox Deportes).
A can’t-miss brawl
Peterson, 35-4-1 (17 knockouts), out of Washington, D.C., has been one of boxing’s most reliable world-class performers over the past decade. He has sought the best and fought the best. He’s a throwback who is capable of beating just about anyone on any given night.
He was undefeated in 2009 when he suffered his first career loss, a 12-round decision to Timothy Bradley Jr. A year later, he fought to a draw with Victor Ortiz. Neither deterred the rugged boxer-puncher, who shocked a peaking Amir Khan for the IBF/WBA junior welterweight titles in 2011, winning a split decision in a big upset.
A few months later, he put on a clinic in stopping Kendall Holt in eight, which set up a 140-pound superfight against another peaking junior welter power, Lucas Matthysse, in May 2013. Matthysse, in full “Machine” mode, drilled Peterson in three, turning what was expected to be a competitive showdown into a massacre.
Peterson notched a couple of wins and was back in another nationally televised fight in 2015, taking on Danny Garcia. Peterson dropped a painfully close decision to Garcia (many thought he won), came back to beat undefeated Felix Diaz six months later, and then won the WBA welterweight title with a decision over David Avanesyan in February 2017.
In his last fight, Peterson was destroyed by IBF welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr. in seven in a fight he should’ve never taken. It was a bad matchup and, as we saw last week against Mikey Garcia, Spence is one of the best fighters on the planet. The opportunity to beat a superstar on the rise like Spence had passed years ago.
But “Havoc” can still be a player at 147. And this is a much more winnable fight.
Lipinets, 14-1 (10 KOs), a Russian who lives in Beverly Hills, Calif., by way of Kazakhstan, won the vacant IBF 140-pound title in November 2017, with a decision over Akihiro Kondo. He defended a Lipinets, bigger and thicker than Garcia, gave an indication of things to come for the Californian, connecting often and engaging in a war. He competed evenly with the pound-for-pound entrant when, in the seventh, Garcia dropped him with a whistling left hook. Lipinets showed great heart by getting up and battling the rest of the way. He lost a wide decision, but gave a good account of himself year ago against 37-0 former three-division world champion Garcia in a thrilling battle in San Antonio.
Now Lipinets, who turns 30 on Saturday, wants to show he belongs on the world stage.
This one will be fun.
Peterson, despite being five years older, won’t back down from a fight. He is strong and mostly durable (save for the loss against Matthysse). Lipinets is squatter at 5 feet 7 (2 inches shorter than Peterson), so he will try and bull his way inside of Lamont’s 72-inch reach (5 inches longer than Lipinets). Peterson has good boxing skills, but he is aggressive by nature. And the fight will be on.
Depending on how much Peterson has left, he’ll be able to absorb Lipinets’ shots early on. And he’ll fire back. The rounds will be closely-contested. Peterson will be sharper, Lipinets’ stronger. But as the fight wears on, Lipinets’ punches will begin to have more of an effect on the fading Peterson. By the championship rounds, it’ll be even on the scorecards, but Lipinets will begin to surge.
The Russian will take the last two rounds to take the fight. He’ll continue onward in a crowded 140-pound division, while Peterson will be left to ponder an uncertain future.
Lipinets by unanimous decision.
On the undercard, Peterson’s brother, Anthony, 37-1 (24 KOs), also of Washington, D.C., takes on Argenis Mendez, 25-5-1 (12 KOs), Brooklyn by way of the Dominican Republic, in a junior welterweight battle.
Other Saturday boxing battles
Kubrat Pulev, 26-1 (13 KOs), of Bulgaria, takes on Bogdan Dinu, 18-1 (14 KOs), of Romania, in a 10-round heavyweight battle at The Hangar in Costa Mesa, Calif. (7 p.m., Saturday, ESPN).
Pulev has won six in a row since his unsuccessful bid for the IBF/WBA/WBO titles against Wladimir Klitschko (KO in 5) in November 2014. He is now the mandatory for Anthony Joshua. He’ll be going up against Dinu, who suffered his first loss in November when he was drilled in four by Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller.
Dinu didn’t look like anything special against Miller. But Pulev is 37-years old and anything could happen.
At Copper Arena in London, Charlie Edwards, 14-1 (6 KOs), of England, defends his WBC flyweight title against Angel Moreno, 19-2-2 (6 KOs), of Spain (8 p.m., Saturday, DAZN).
And at Morningside Arena in Leicester, England, Sam Bowen, 14-0 (10 KOs), England, takes on Jordan McCorry, 17-4-1 (4 KOs), Scotland, in a junior lightweight battle (1:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN Plus).