Lipinets-Garcia Postponed Due To Injury
Sergey Lipinets was driven to make his fight against Mikey Garcia happen, but an injury has put a pause on the opportunity.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Alex Vaysfeld, Lipinets’ co-manager, said on Wednesday that the IBF junior welterweight champion “begged” him to proceed with his fight against Mikey Garcia scheduled for February 10th at The Alamodome in San Antonio. Yet, that won’t happen due to the recommendation of Dr. Richard Gluckman, a physician affiliated with the California State Athletic Commission, Lipinets wasn’t permitted to fight Garcia due to current condition of his right hand.
Their scheduled 12-round, 140-pound title fight was postponed indefinitely Wednesday, following Gluckman’s recommended that Lipinets take “at least three or four weeks” off to allow his swollen hand to heal. An X-ray and an MRI taken by Gluckman didn’t reveal a fracture, but Vaysfeld said Lipinets essentially was training with one hand.
“Sergey hurt his hand about a month ago and it just kept escalating,” Vaysfeld said. “He basically sparred with one hand. He was getting ready for the fight just using one hand only. It came to the point where it blew up and we were afraid there was a fracture or maybe even broken. He couldn’t even touch it.”
Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) kept training and sparring because the Kazakhstan native felt he needed to to prove himself against Garcia.
. “He was ready to go. He begged me. He said, ‘Don’t worry. I’ll be fine. I wanna fight him. I wanna fight now.’ But it wasn’t my decision. There was nothing I could do. Personally, as a manager, as a person that’s responsible for Sergey’s career, of course I’m happy that they postponed it. Of course, I want him to come in at 150 percent. But Sergey, as a fighter, Sergey’s pissed off. He’s pissed at himself, more so than anyone else. He was very psyched up, very ready to go.”
The 28 year old Lipinets, will continue training and hopes the fight will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
“Whenever the next date is, we’re gonna be ready,” Vaysfeld said. “Nothing is gonna divert us. I promise that. We’ll be very aware of that hand. We’ll make sure it heals up properly and make sure that he’s getting wrapped in a way that he’s not gonna hurt it.
“Dr. Gluckman’s report said he should be off for at least three or four weeks. A month from now, Sergey is ready to roll. If it happens March 10th, we’ll be ready March 10th.”