Garcia Sees Lipinets A Bigger Threat Than Broner
Mikey Garcia’s first victory at 140 pounds against Adrien Broner proved the WBC lightweight champion can succeed as a junior welterweight. Garcia is quite aware of Sergey Lipinets’ capability as a puncher, and thus should pose a bigger risk when they fight for the IBF 140-pound championship February 10th in San Antonio.
“I think this is a more dangerous fight,” Garcia told reporters prior to Monday’s press conference in Los Angeles.
“He’s more dangerous than Adrien Broner, even though Broner is more talented when it comes to skills and athleticism.”
While Broner won world titles in four weight classes, and has fought as high as the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, that didn’t stop Garcia from out-boxing him, and keeping Broner at a distance due to Garcia’s power.
That won’t be the same problem for Lipinets, who has knocked out 10 of his first 13 professional opponents.
The undefeated Lipinets won the then-vacant IBF junior welterweight title that Terence Crawford vacated by out-pointing Japan’s Akihiro Kondo in their 12-round fight November 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Kondo has not lost by knockout or technical knockout during his 11-year pro career.
While not as experienced as Broner, Garcia feels Lipinets’ power sets him apart.
“With Broner, even though Broner is naturally a bigger man [than me], he’s known to be a little more defensive when it comes to the fight,” Garcia said.
“He’s also very fast with his hands. But this guy Lipinets, he’s dangerous from round one to the last one. He’s always swinging, always punching with heavy hands. That’s something that we have to be aware of.”
Garcia, believes his heavy hands the ultimate equalizer for Lipinets, despite that the Oxnard, California, native has nearly three times as many professional fights on his record.
“He’s a new champion, but he has a lot of experience fighting,” Garcia said.
“He was a kickboxer before and he’s a fighter. He’s dangerous. He’s a naturally bigger man than I am. That’s something we have to watch out for because inside the ring one punch can really make a difference and change the fight. So we have to be careful for that. But I think, overall, I have very good boxing skills, which can help me overcome the size advantage that he has.”