Lipinets: “Any Options Are Open” For Kickboxing Return
When Sergey Lipinets walks into the Freeman Coliseum on March 10th, the IBF junior welterweight champion will be the underdog against three division champion Mikey Garcia.
Being the underdog is not an unusual feeling for Lipinets, who when his family moved to Russia when he was 12, would be bullied by kids in the neighborhood.
At 13, Lipinets would start training, not as a boxer, but as a kickboxer. After over 300 fights as a pro and amateur kickboxer, including a gold medal at junior welterweight at the 2012 W.A.K.O European Championships, and a silver medal at the 2013 World Combat Games, he left kickboxing.
Lipinets spoke exclusively with FIGHT SPORTS, and claimed he left the sport due to the lack of money in the sport, and feeling he had nothing left to prove in the sport.
When asked if he would consider a return to the sport, Lipinets is staying focused on this fight, “at this point I am not thinking of anything beyond this Saturday, this is what I have in front of me and I want to take care of it. ”
If he wins in San Antonio and stymies Garcia, Lipinets says that “any options are open,” including the idea of fighting for GLORY or Bellator Kickboxing.
Lipinets coming off a hand injury that postponed the fight originally set for February at the Alamodome, claims his hand is feeling great and while Garcia’s impressive record and run towards history is impressive, Lipinets is confident heading into the title defense.
“Mikey Garcia is just another fighter, I’m getting ready for this fight the same way that I did for past fights.”
Whether its due to his hand injury, or due to Garcia chasing history and a 38th victory without a loss, the champion may need more than focus to bring down the 12 year veteran.