Lipinets-Garcia Rescheduled For March
Following a postponement of their originally scheduled fight at the AlamoDome, the showdown between Mikey Garcia and IBF 140-pound champion Sergey Lipinets has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 10th.
The Premier Boxing Champions event was set to take place on February 10th, but had to be rescheduled following a training injury to Lipinets’ hand. The fight will remain in San Antonio, but move from the AlamoDome to the Freeman Coliseum.
The remainder of the card will remain the same including the co-feature, between two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy and Kiryl Relikh in a rematch of their thrilling fight last May, this time for the vacant WBA 140-pound world title. The doubleheader of title bouts in the wide-open 140-pound division sets the stage for a potential unification match.
29-year-old Garcia, returned to pound-for-pound lists in 2017 by scoring a highlight reel knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin to win the WBC Lightweight World Championship in January, and then faced four-division champion Adrien Broner and scoring unanimous decision in July.
With a win, Garcia would become only the third fighter in modern history to become champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds, joining Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao*.
*Pacquiao won lineal championships at 126 and 140-pounds, although he did not win alphabet titles.
The unbeaten Lipinets captured a super lightweight world title in just his 13th pro fight by defeating Akihiro Kondo via a unanimous decision on November 4th.
The 28-year-old moved up the 140-pound rankings with victories over then unbeaten Haskell Rhodes, Levan Ghvamichava and Walter Castillo before knocking out Leonardo Zappavigna in a world title eliminator last December.