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.
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