Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sergey Lipinets vs. Mikey Garcia

On March 10, 2018, Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) will defend his IBF World Super Lightweight Title against Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) in a 12 round bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Lipinets captured this title with a unanimous decision victory over Akihiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs) on November 4, 2017. Garcia, who captured the WBC World Lighweight Title on January 28, 2017, most recently defeated Adrien Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) this past July via unanimous decision. The Alamodome crowd is expected to give the challenger, Mikey Garcia, the "home field advantage" over the Russian defending champion. The San Antonio stadium will likely be filled with fans of the Mexican American fighter, who was born and raised in southern California.

The two additional bouts that are scheduled for this Showtime aired card include a title fight between Rances Barthelemy (26-0, 13 KOs) and Kiryl Relikh (21-2, 19 KOs), as well as a title eliminator between Richard Commey (25-2, 22 KOs) and Alejandro Luna (22-0, 15 KOs).

Cuba's Barthelemy looks to not only preserve his undefeated record against Relikh, but hopes to captured the vacant WBA World Super Lightweight Title in the bout which is scheduled for 12 rounds or less. Barthelemy defeated Relikh last May via a unanimous decision victory. Belarus' Relikh has lost his last two fights. Prior to losing to Barthelemy, he was defeated by Ricky Burns (41-7-1, 14 KOs) by unanimous decision in October of 2016.

Richard Commey of Ghana will face undefeated lightweight contender, Alejandro Luna in a IBF Lightweight Title eliminator. Commey is coming off a March 11, 2017 victory over Hedi Slimani (28-4, 15 KOs) for the vacant WBC International Silver Lightweight Title. Luna, the California native, defeated Andrey Klimov (20-4, 10 KOs) this past April via unanimous decision in a ten round bout. This bout is also scheduled for 12 rounds.

Stay tuned to the Weigh-In: Your Home for Combat Sports for further coverage of this exciting night of super lightweight and lightweight bouts!

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