Sergey Lipinets

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Sergey Lipinets
Сергей Липинец
Real name Сергей Алексеевич Липинец
Nickname(s) Samurai
Weight(s) Light-welterweight
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Reach 170 cm (67 in)
Nationality Kazakhstani Russian
Born (1989-03-23) March 23, 1989 (age 29)
Martuk, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union (now Kazakhstan)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 15
Wins 14
Wins by KO 10
Losses 1

Sergey Lipinets (Russian: Сергей Алексеевич Липинец; born 23 March 1989) is a Kazakhstani-Russian professional boxer and former kickboxer[1] who held the IBF light-welterweight title from 2017 to 2018.

Early life and kickboxing career[edit]

Lipinets was born on Martuk, Kazakhstan, but moved to Russia at the age of 9.[2] 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[edit]

After a brief amateur boxing career in which he went 35–5, Lipinets turned pro in 2014.[3] 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.[4]

Following Indongo's win over Burns, Lipinets tried to start negotiations with the IBF champion.[5] 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.[6] Lipinets stated that the IBF title was "stolen from him".[7] 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.[8]

The IBF ordered Lipinets to face Akihiro Kondo for their vacant title.[9] The fight was finalized for November 4, on the undercard of a Deontay Wilder bout. The event was televised on Showtime.[10] 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.[11][12][13]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
15 fights 14 wins 1 loss
By knockout 10 0
By decision 4 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
15 Win 14–1 Ecuador Erick Bone MD 10 Aug 4, 2018 United States Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, US
14 Loss 13–1 United States Mikey Garcia UD 12 Mar 10, 2018 United States Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, US Lost IBF light-welterweight title
13 Win 13–0 Japan Akihiro Kondo UD 12 Nov 4, 2017 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, US Won vacant IBF light-welterweight title
12 Win 12–0 United States Clarence Booth TKO 7 (8), 1:33 Mar 4, 2017 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, US
11 Win 11–0 Australia Leonardo Zappavigna KO 8 (12), 1:23 Dec 10, 2016 United States Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, US
10 Win 10–0 Nicaragua Walter Castillo TKO 7 (10), 2:45 Jul 15, 2016 United States Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, US
9 Win 9–0 Georgia (country) Levan Ghvamichava KO 5 (10), 1:40 Mar 15, 2016 United States Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino, Nice, California, US
8 Win 8–0 United States Haskell Rhodes UD 10 Oct 30, 2015 United States The Venue at UCF, Orlando, Florida, US
7 Win 7–0 Dominican Republic Kendal Mena TKO 3 (8), 1:40 Jul 8, 2015 United States B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York, New York, US
6 Win 6–0 Mexico Cosme Rivera TKO 9 (10), 2:59 Mar 13, 2015 United States A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, US Won vacant WBC Latino light-welterweight title
5 Win 5–0 Philippines Ernie Sanchez KO 8 (10), 0:48 Nov 28, 2014 Russia Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia Won vacant WBC Silver International light-welterweight title
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Daniel Lomeli TKO 7 (8), 1:45 Sep 27, 2014 Russia Krylatskoye Sports Palace, Moscow, Russia
3 Win 3–0 United States Rynell Griffin KO 3 (6), 2:36 Jul 18, 2014 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, US
2 Win 2–0 Serbia Dzemil Cosovic KO 4 (6), 1:52 May 30, 2014 Russia Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia
1 Win 1–0 Venezuela Franklin Varela UD 6 Apr 25, 2014 Russia Krylatskoye Sports Palace, Moscow, Russia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A former kickboxing champion, Sergey Lipinets is now speeding down boxing's fast track". 
  2. ^ "New Faces: Sergey Lipinets - The Ring". 6 December 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Lipinets moves from chess, to street brawls, to kickboxing, and now boxing main events". FOX SPORTS. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Sergey Lipinets Stops Lenny Z in Grueling IBF Eliminator - Boxing News". Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Indongo Must Face Lipinets Next or Vacate IBF Title - Boxing News". Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "Crawford facing tough, quick decision on future". ESPN. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "Lipinets Rips Indongo, Says IBF Title Was 'Stolen' From Him - Boxing News". Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Terence Crawford vacates IBF title". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2017-09-10. 
  9. ^ "IBF orders Lipinets-Kondo bout for vacant title". Retrieved 2017-09-10. 
  10. ^ "Lipinets-Kondo IBF 140-Pound Title Fight on Wilder-Ortiz Card - Boxing News". Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  11. ^ "Sergey Lipinets Decisions Akihiro Kondo, Wins IBF World Title - Boxing News". Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  12. ^ Gray, James (6 November 2017). "Wilder vs Stiverne AS IT HAPPENED: Deontay WIlder WINS inside the first round". Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  13. ^ "Wilder vs Stiverne II results: Sergey Lipinets claims IBF title with win over Akihiro Kondo". Retrieved 7 November 2017. 

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Sporting positions
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Terence Crawford
IBF light-welterweight champion
November 4, 2017 – March 10, 2018
Succeeded by
Mikey Garcia