|Real name||Сергей Алексеевич Липинец|
|Height||170 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Reach||170 cm (67 in)|
March 23, 1989|
Martuk, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union (now Kazakhstan)
|Wins by KO||10|
Sergey Lipinets (Russian: Сергей Алексеевич Липинец; born 23 March 1989) is a Kazakhstani-Russian professional boxer and former kickboxer who held the IBF light-welterweight title from 2017 to 2018.
Early life and kickboxing career
Lipinets was born on Martuk, Kazakhstan, but moved to Russia at the age of 9. Lipinets originally competed as a kickboxer, medaling in competitions like the 2012 W.A.K.O. European Championships and the 2013 World Combat Games.
Professional Boxing career
After a brief amateur boxing career in which he went 35–5, Lipinets turned pro in 2014. After winning 10 pro bouts, Lipinets faced Lenny Zappavigna in an IBF eliminator. The winner would become the mandatory challenger to the IBF champion, the winner of an April 2017 bout between Ricky Burns and Julius Indongo. Lipinets proved to be too much for Zappavigna, as the latter went down during round 5 before being counted out following a right straight from Lipinets in round 8. Both fighters suffered several cuts during the fight.
Following Indongo's win over Burns, Lipinets tried to start negotiations with the IBF champion. However, the IBF granted Indongo an exception to allow him to unify all the major light welterweight titles against Terence Crawford. After Crawford's win over Indongo, the IBF ordered Crawford to defend his title against Lipinets. Lipinets stated that the IBF title was "stolen from him". As Crawford didn't plan to return to the ring before the IBF's deadline, he vacated the IBF title just 11 days after defeating Indongo.
The IBF ordered Lipinets to face Akihiro Kondo for their vacant title. The fight was finalized for November 4, on the undercard of a Deontay Wilder bout. The event was televised on Showtime. Lipinets became the IBF champion, winning by unanimous decision (118–110, 117–111, 117–111). The decision was booed upon being announced but several media outlets scored it for Lipinets, albeit on closer cards. Lipinets connected to Kondo's body often throughout the fight, but Kondo remained unfazed by the body shots. Kondo kept coming forward and rocked Lipinets in round 5. Lipinets was cut by an accidental head clash midway through the fight.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|15 fights||14 wins||1 loss|
|15||Win||14–1||Erick Bone||MD||10||Aug 4, 2018||Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, US|
|14||Loss||13–1||Mikey Garcia||UD||12||Mar 10, 2018||Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, US||Lost IBF light-welterweight title|
|13||Win||13–0||Akihiro Kondo||UD||12||Nov 4, 2017||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, US||Won vacant IBF light-welterweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||Clarence Booth||TKO||7 (8), 1:33||Mar 4, 2017||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, US|
|11||Win||11–0||Leonardo Zappavigna||KO||8 (12), 1:23||Dec 10, 2016||Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, US|
|10||Win||10–0||Walter Castillo||TKO||7 (10), 2:45||Jul 15, 2016||Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, US|
|9||Win||9–0||Levan Ghvamichava||KO||5 (10), 1:40||Mar 15, 2016||Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino, Nice, California, US|
|8||Win||8–0||Haskell Rhodes||UD||10||Oct 30, 2015||The Venue at UCF, Orlando, Florida, US|
|7||Win||7–0||Kendal Mena||TKO||3 (8), 1:40||Jul 8, 2015||B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York, New York, US|
|6||Win||6–0||Cosme Rivera||TKO||9 (10), 2:59||Mar 13, 2015||A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, US||Won vacant WBC Latino light-welterweight title|
|5||Win||5–0||Ernie Sanchez||KO||8 (10), 0:48||Nov 28, 2014||Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia||Won vacant WBC Silver International light-welterweight title|
|4||Win||4–0||Daniel Lomeli||TKO||7 (8), 1:45||Sep 27, 2014||Krylatskoye Sports Palace, Moscow, Russia|
|3||Win||3–0||Rynell Griffin||KO||3 (6), 2:36||Jul 18, 2014||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, US|
|2||Win||2–0||Dzemil Cosovic||KO||4 (6), 1:52||May 30, 2014||Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia|
|1||Win||1–0||Franklin Varela||UD||6||Apr 25, 2014||Krylatskoye Sports Palace, Moscow, Russia|
- "A former kickboxing champion, Sergey Lipinets is now speeding down boxing's fast track".
- "New Faces: Sergey Lipinets - The Ring". ringtv.com. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
- "Lipinets moves from chess, to street brawls, to kickboxing, and now boxing main events". FOX SPORTS. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
- "Sergey Lipinets Stops Lenny Z in Grueling IBF Eliminator - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
- "Indongo Must Face Lipinets Next or Vacate IBF Title - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
- "Crawford facing tough, quick decision on future". ESPN. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
- "Lipinets Rips Indongo, Says IBF Title Was 'Stolen' From Him - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
- "Terence Crawford vacates IBF title". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
- "IBF orders Lipinets-Kondo bout for vacant title". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
- "Lipinets-Kondo IBF 140-Pound Title Fight on Wilder-Ortiz Card - Boxing News". www.BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
- "Sergey Lipinets Decisions Akihiro Kondo, Wins IBF World Title - Boxing News". www.BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
- Gray, James (6 November 2017). "Wilder vs Stiverne AS IT HAPPENED: Deontay WIlder WINS inside the first round". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
- "Wilder vs Stiverne II results: Sergey Lipinets claims IBF title with win over Akihiro Kondo". BadLeftHook.com. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
|World boxing titles|
Title last held byTerence Crawford
| IBF light-welterweight champion
November 4, 2017 – March 10, 2018