Saturday night at the Barclays center was supposed to showcase a special talent. Show off someone who is suppose to perhaps the best fighter in his weight class and propel him to a huge mega fight. Well, an absolute star was on born. An undefeated world champion put on an absolute eye-opening sensational performance that should have put his entire weight class on notice, newly minted IBF 140 pound Kingpin Sergey Lipinets claimed the vacated crown left behind from Bud Crawford’s move up to 147.
Lipinetz Born in Kakhzstan, the same country as GGG, but grew up in Russia and now lives in Beverley Hills, is a man without a country. Just Like another former 140-pound champ Arturo Gatti who also happened to be trained by Buddy McGirt. Coincidentally James “Buddy” McGirt also once held the IBF 140 pound strap the very belt that that his understudy, Lipinets, now totes. Gatti and Buddy are in the Boxing Hall of Fame, it is entirely too early to tell if Lipenets is on that path.
However, Lipinets showed all the right tools in dominating a rugged a game Akihiro Kondo, a veteran Japanese tough guy. Lipinets demonstrated a quick accurate stinging jab, accurate combinations, a left hook that landed on the button over and over and over and over again. As well as an ability to mix it and give it as well as he takes it to go along with tremendous footwork and good speed.
In a division with all of its straps recently vacated and two of its best fighters, Indongo just got destroyed in his last outing and Adrien Broner who gets exposed everytime he steps into the ring with a top-notch fighter. Lipinets just 13-0 (10) might already be ready for all comers in the division. There is no dominant fighter at 140 and the Russian born champ looked pretty darn complete in taking apart Kondo, He scored a wide unanimous decision 118-110 and 117-111, 3DBoxing also scored it 117-111 for Lipinets.
Lipinets who is known as the Samurai” can continue to fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where he has fought his last two fights and capitalize on Brooklyn large Russian population and fan base. His name is already being rumored to be in talks with AB, the “Samurai” will represent big problems for “The Problem”. The Junior Welterweight division has a short list of top-notch fighters besides Broner, names like Postol, Indongo and fellow Russian born Eduard Troyanovsky, none of these names strike terror into anyone’s heart and based on what we saw out of Lipinets in Brooklyn he is already capable of beating anyone of those names. Growing up a kickboxer and at just 28 years old with just 13 pro fights, and being professional for all of 40 months the fighter who is known as “Samurai” is still learning and improving and if AB is next, the betting money will pour in for AB, I say let it.