Later today we'll see a new IBF Light Welterweight champion being crowned, as Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10) and Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16) [近藤 明広] battle for the vacant title. The bout, on the under-card of a big US card, hasn't had much international coverage yet could be one of the stand out bouts of the day.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both came in under the limit for the bout.
On the scales the Kazakh born Lipinets was the heavier man, coming in at 139.7lbs, and looked in fantastic shape with a serious look on his face. Japan's Kondo was 139.5lbs at the weigh in, and looked in equally good shape.
This bout will be the first world title bout for both men, though it comes at very different stages in their careers. For the 32 year old Kondo the bout will be his 37th and comes after more than 11 years after his professional debut. As for Lipinets the bout comes less than 4 years after his debut, and shows the incredibly quick career progression than he has had, at the age of 28.
Lipinets and Kondo set for war to claim IBF gold!
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Next weekend we'll see an IBF Light Welterweight bout between Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10) and Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16) [近藤 明広], as the two men fight for the title which was recently vacated by Terence Crawford (32-0, 23).
Today, less than a week from the fight, Kondo left Japan. The tough Japanese fighter left Narita Airport heading for New York for what will be a career defining contest for the Ichi Riki fighter, who fights in his first world title bout.
Although the clear under-dog against Lipinets Kondo seemed confident and was saying that he would be using his speed against Lipents, who is a heavy handed monster in the ring. There was also talk of being inspired by the recent win of Ryota Murata (13-1, 10) [村田 諒太], who has a connection to Konod from their days at Toyo University.
Whilst Kondo did seem confident we're again left scratching our heads on why fighters from Japan travel with less than a week to adjust to countries like the US and UK. We understand fighters wanting to stay at home but sometmes giving yourself ample time to adjust to conditions is probably the best idea, and something that they need to perhaps consider going forward.
Yesterday we reported that the IBF Light Welterweight bout between Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10) and Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16) [近藤 明広], to crown a new champion for the currently vacant title, was pencilled in for November 4th. Nowever that pencil has become pen, and the bout has been officially confirmed, with Kondo's promoter Ichiriki gym announcing the bout late yesterday.
The gym confirmed the bout would take place at the Barclays Center in New York and would be one of the chief support bouts to the WBC Heavyweight title bout between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz.
In their release about the fight the gym not only stated this was the first world title fight for Kondo, who is a former Japanese and current WBO Asia Pacific champion, but would be the first time any fighter at the gym would fight for a world title.
Although the fight is less than 8 weeks away it does appear that Ichiriki have began their plans for Kondo's training and they are said to have eyed up several sparring partners to help prepare to face Lipinets, who has looked like a monster during his quick rise through the ranks.
From what we understand the bout will be aired in the US on Showtime and in Japan on WOWOW with other international broadcasters likely to pick up the bout in the weeks to come.
Earlier today Japanese sources informed us that the proposedday for the IBF Light Welterweight bout between Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10) and Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16) [近藤 明広] could fall on November 4th as part of the supporting card for the WBC Heavyweight title bout between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz.
The Lipinets/Kondo bout hasn't definately got a home on the card, but sources suggest that it's very likely to be added to the show as the key supporting bout and could be announced in the next week or so.
The bout was ordered after Terence Crawford (32-0, 23) chose to vacate the title, rather than have rushed negotiations with mandatory challenger Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10). The unbeaten American unified all 4 titles recently and has indicated his desire to move up in weight, which will leave a scramble for the Light Welterweight titles, and it seems like the situation with the IBF will be th first to be sorted, with the Lipinets/Kondo bout looking like it's now a done deal.
Interestingly sources have suggested the bout will be featured on Showtime as part of a triple header, along with the ring return of Danny Jacobs.
Yesterday we reported on the possibility of an IBF Light Welterweight title bout between Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10) and Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16) [近藤 明広]. Now, over-night, that bout has taken a huge step towards becoming a reality with with the IBF ordering the two men to negotiate a contest for the vacant title.
The title, which was given up by American star Terence Crawford after he unifed all 4 major belts, is expected to be the first of 4 titles that will become available in the coming weeks, as Crawford turns his attention on becoming a 3-weight champion and campaigning at Welterweight.
Lipinets had been promised a world title fight a while back, but due to back-to-back unifications his shot keptgetting delayed. With all the titles being unified the Kazakh couldn't have his shot delayed any further and a purse bid for a fight with Crawford loomed.
Although it's not yet clear where a Lipinets Vs Kondo bout would take place, it does seem likely that any purse bid would be won Lipinets' team and that could force the bout Stateside, where it could act as a secondary title bout on a notable show.
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