On March 24th we'll see Kazakh born Russian Sergey Lipinets (14-1, 10) take on Lamont Peterson (35-4-1, 17) in a battle of former world title holders.
Interestingly, given how far that bout is away, there are odds available in the UK for the bout, and the bookies have viewed it as a really hard to call bout.
The odds have opened with Lipinets as the slight betting favourite, with odds of 8/11 for him, whilst Peterson has been priced at 11/10 and the draw is 16/1.
At the moment there aren't many bookies taking bets on the bout, which is no surprise given how far away the bout is, but it is interesting to see the man born in Martuk as the favourite, especially given that he didn't look good last time out against Erick Bone and will be fighting at Welterweight for just the second time.
Yesterday saw a number of announcements from the PBC, with various bouts being announced. One of those bouts involved Kazakh born Russian Sergey Lipinets (14-1, 10), who has been very vocal about missing out on the WBSS (World Boxing Super Series).
Despite missing out on the WBSS Lipinet's career is set to be given a big contest on March 24th with the announcement yesterday being that he would be facing off with fellow former world champion Lamont Peterson (35-4-1, 17).
Lipinets had a short reign as the IBF Light Welterweight champion in 2017/2018, winning the title in November 2017 when he beat Akihiro Kondo before losing the belt in his first defense against Mikey Garcia. Since that title loss he has fought just once, winning a majority decision against Erick Bone.
Peterson on the other hand had a pretty long yet controversial reign as the IBF champion from December 2011, when he controversially beat Amir Khan, to 2015 when he was eventually stripped. During his reign he went on to lose two bouts above the limit, losing to both Lucas Matthysse and Danny Garcia. He would also go on to win the WBA "regular" Welterweight title in February 2017, and lose that in his first defense, being stopped by Errol Spence this past January.
At the age of 34 and with more than a year out of the ring Peterson is seen as being beyond his best, but this is clearly a must win for him if he wishes to be relevant. Lipinets also needs a win to get himself back involved in the title mix and as a result this should be a very compelling contest, with neither man really able to afford a loss.
In late October we reported that former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada (16-0, 11) [岡田 博喜] would be back in action on December 19th in a bout againt Filipino fighter Jason Pagara (40-2-1, 25) for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight title. It now seems that Okada's future plans, beyond Pagara, are now also being set with the IBF ordering the unbeaten fighter from the Kadoebi Gym to begin negotiations with unbeaten Belorussian Ivan Baranchyk (17-0, 10).
Okada is ranked #7 by the IBF and Baranchyk is ranked #4, with the winner of their bout likely to become one of the leading contenders to fight for the title. They will have until December 6th to negotiate the contest, which is just under 2 weeks from the date of the Okada/Pagara bout, and may well see the IBF extend the negotiating period given the date of Okada's previously scheduled bout.
Baranchyk was a former amateur stand out who has looked devastating since turning professional in 2014. He began his career with back to back decisions before stopping 10 of 11 oppoenents, and genuinely blitzing foes with 6 opening round wins. In his last 4 bouts his power has been questioned, having gone the schedule in each of his last 4 bouts, but he is an aggressive and destructive fighter.
Okada on the other hand has been quietly going about things in Japan. He won his first 7 by stoppage before claiming the Japanese Light Welterweight title in 2014, with a decision win over Masayoshi Kotake. After defending the title 6 times he vacated it and began to move towards bigger bouts. This is a big step up for him,but has shown the skills to go a long way if he can just up his work rate and let his hands flow a bit more than he has in recent bouts, including competitive bouts with Cristiano Aoqui and Valentine Hosokawa.
The winner of the Baranchyk Vs Okada bout would, potentially face the winner of a bout between current champion Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10) and big name American Adrien Broner (33-3-0-1, 24).
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Later today we'll see Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10) and Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16) [近藤 明広] face off for the IBF Light Welterweight title, which is currently vacant. The bout will be the first world title bout for both men, and will see Kondo fighting outside of Japan for the first time in his career.
The bout is on a big enough stage for bookies to price it up and unsurprisingly it's the unbeaten Kazakh who is viewed as the clear favourite, with manty bookmakers pricing him at 1/25 to win the bout and become the new IBF champion. For Kondo the odds are around 10/1, though one bookmaker has got him priced as high as 15/1 to win the bout and become a rare Japanese champion at 140lbs. The draw has been priced at 35/1 by one bookie, whilst others have it available at 33/1..
There is a bit more value in the method of victory market, with Lipinet's priced at 1/2 to stop Kondo, who has never been stopped before and has always seemed like a tough and rugged type of fighter. Lipinet's by decision is is a very attractive 2/1 with most bookies. A stoppage for the Japanese fighters is a huge 20/1 whilst Kondo by decision is a massive 35/1, with no one seemingly expecting that outcome.
The over/under for the bout's total rounds has been widely set at 8.5 rounds. The ocer is available at 10/11 whlst the under is available at evens, suggesting the bookmakers are fancying a stoppage by Lipinets in the later stages of the fight. Interestingly Lipents has only scored one stoppage win after 9.5 rounds, though has 2 stopages in bout rounds 7 and round 8.
Lipinets and Kondo set for war to claim IBF gold!
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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