Sergey Both the Lipinets and Omar Figueroa Jr. needed to win after the loss, but it was the Lipinets who prevailed with a TKO advantage.
Sergey Lipinetz accepted to fight Omar Figueroa Jr. with less than a week’s notice, but he TKO wins in the Seminole Hardcourt Showtime Main Event on Saturday, August 20 at the Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Figueroa was due to fight Adrian Broner, but Broner pulled out of the boxing bout on Monday. Fight Week, citing mental health issues. The Lipinets were on the undercard and agreed to step up the main event against Figueroa.
Lipinets once won the IBF super bantamweight title but gave up his first defense against Mitch Garcia in 2018 belt. His career has stalled a bit over the past two years, with draws and knockout losses in his first two matches. Jaron Ennis eliminated Lipinetz in April 2021.
Figueroa has also been working hard recently. He lost his last two matches and was stopped by Abel Ramos in May 2021. He struggled with mental health issues but felt better after receiving help.
Figueroa tried to go head-to-head with Lipinetz in the first round and did push Lipinetz to a corner, but He ate a lot of right hands in an interesting opening round. He continued to press Lipinetz, but the shots outnumbered his dodges.
Sergey Lipinec fell Omar Figueroa Jr. forced Figueroa’s corner kick to stop the fight in the 2nd round and at the end of the 8th round
Figueroa doesn’t seem to be trying to avoid Lipinec’s punch. He tried to absorb them, but it turned out to be the wrong game plan. Lipinec systematically knocked Figueroa to the head with a left hook and to the body and head with a right hook.
The action between Lipinetz and Figueroa was interesting, but it quickly caught the attention. The Lipinets knocked out Figueroa with just over a minute left in Round 2, but Figueroa got up to finish the round.
Figueroa looks confused as he transitions his posture from orthodox to left-handed for no reason, and shifts his body in the process Align with Lipinets. Lipinec repeatedly exploited Figueroa’s poor positioning, punching him with a powerful right hand throughout the fight.
Before the 8th round, Figueroa’s father and coach warned him that if he continued to get hit, he would Stop fighting. Nothing changed, and by the end of the 8th round, Figueroa’s father called the game over, giving Lipinetz TKO the win.
Lipinec’s return to super lightweight was a success, suggesting he has more tanks at 33. Figueroa is a year younger, but looks tired.
Figueroa fights with grit, but lacks the skill and speed he showed earlier in his career. If this is the last time he’s in the ring, he can walk away knowing he’s given his all. He was a world champion, which is a lot more than most.
Lipinets vs. Figueroa is a tale of two fighters duel more time in the sun. Lipinets came out on top and moved on to the next challenge.