Mikey Garcia vs. Sergey Lipinets Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/10/18
Lipinets vs. Garcia
Boxing: Saturday February 10, 2018 (Alamodome)
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Mikey Garcia and Sergey Lipinets fight Saturday at the Alamodome for the IBF World Super Lightweight Title.
Mikey Garcia enters this fight with a 37-0 record that includes 30 knockouts. This will be Garcia’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a July win over Adrien Broner. Garcia put himself in the conversation for being one of the best pound for pound fighters with his dominating victory over Broner, and I actually included him in my top-10 list to end the year. Garcia is a 30-year-old boxer who stands at 5’6”, has a 68 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Garcia is known for his punching power with 13 of his last 15 fights ending in stoppage, but he proved in his last fight that he can outbox a talented fighter and break them down with his high IQ and patience. Garcia showed the world just how balanced his attack is and that he’s far more than just power punches that usually end things before the fight really even begins. Garcia is quickly developing into a complete package and is still young enough to improve even more. This will be Garcia’s eighth fight in Texas.
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Sergey Lipinets enters this fight with a 13-0 record that includes 10 knockouts. Lipinets will fight for the sixth time since 2016, and he’s coming off a November win over Akihiro Kondo. Lipinets is coming off the biggest win of his career and looks to defend his belt for the first time. Lipinets is a 28-year-old Russian who stands at 5’7”, has a 67 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Lipinets is a heavy handed puncher who likes to citronella the ring by getting his opponent and going to work with combinations. Lipinets lands strong body shots and has stopped 10 of his last 12 opponents, including an eighth round knockout over Lenny Zappavigna, probably his best victory. Lipinets has been able to bully his opponents up to this point, but its going to be interesting to see how he handles stepping up in competition and fighting somebody with an extremely high boxing IQ. This will be Lipinets’ first fight in Texas.
Lipinets deserves credit for getting to this point and has put together solid performances, but he’s simply not ready for a guy as polished and complete as Garcia. This is simply a boxer rushing his career and looking for that quick breakthrough. Lipinets has 13 fights under his belt in four years and is now boxing one of the top names on three months rest. Good luck. Garcia has the power to test Lipinets chin, the IQ to not allow him to dictate the pace and cut off the ring, and has the hand speed advantage as well. Lipinets has a solid skill set and is no pushover, but there’s levels to boxing, and he’s simply not ready or polished enough for this fight.
Garcia puts on another boxing clinic and remains unbeaten.