According to the reliable Olamsport.com there is a potential issue with the scheduled October 10th bout between Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0, 9) [Қудратилло Абдуқаҳҳоровдан] and former world champion Sergey Lipinets (16-1, 12) [Сергей Липинец], which will be for the IBF "interim" Welterweight title.
The bout, which is around 4 weeks away, could end up hitting a snag due to Abdukakhorov having some issues in getting a visa, due to delays with the US Embassy in Uzbekistan.
The talented Uzbek is still in Tashkent, where he's currently training. The plan, as is always the case, is to get over from one country to another with plenty of time to acclimatise to the conditions. Sadly however the issues with his visa are holding up Abdukakhorov's departure from his home.
If the delay continues the bout is likely to be postponed and rescheduled for November.
The fighter gave comments to Olamsport about the situation and explained:
"Currently, I am training in Tashkent.
The visa issue should be resolved within 2-3 days, otherwise the fight will be postponed to November.
Top Rank has also been informed about this.
In 2-3 days the US embassy will open and if we get a visa, I will go to the ocean. Otherwise, my fight will be postponed to November" [Translated]
If the bout does end up being delayed both men will have been out of action for more than a year. Lipinets has been out of the ring since July 2019, when he beat late replacement Jayar Inson, and Abdukakhorov hasn't fought since his October 2019 win over Luis Collazo.
Earlier today Showtime announced 9 bouts as part of their line up for the rest of the year. The shows, which span from August 1st to December 12th, feature a lot of intriguing match ups, world title bouts and 50-50 looking contests, as well as some very nice potential break out bouts.
Whilst we're not fans of all the contests, we'll openly admit that we suspect the October 24th clash between Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa will be a mismatch, we do genuinely love some of the contests announced and confirmed. The Stephehn Fulton Jr Vs Angelo Leo bout is a brilliant kick off to the series and the bouts featuring Jermall and Jermell Charlo, are both brilliant.
For us however there are two bouts that were focusing on much more than the others.
The first of those is the October 10th Welterweight bout between Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0, 9) [Қудратилло Абдуқаҳҳоровдан] and former world champion Sergey Lipinets (16-1, 12) [Сергей Липинец].
This bout had been eyed for a September 26th date, though Abdukakhorov revealed he was having issues with a visa, and as a result the bout has been pushed back to the October date. This is expected to be a seriously interesting bout as the unbeaten Uzbek steps up to world class and the once beaten US based Kazakh-Russian looks to take a huge step towards becoming a 2-weight champion.
Just over 2 months later, on the last planned card, we'll see Filipino veteran Nonito Donaire (40-6, 26) take on WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali (17-0, 12). Interestingly this bout will come 13 months after both men shared a card in Japan, with Donaire losing to Naoya Inoue and Oubaali beating Takuma Inoue. By the time they get in the ring Donaire will be 38 and Oubaali will be 34.
Although the wait for both of these bouts has been long, it's great to see dates being set for them and fingers crossed cancellations and alterations to these bouts will be kept to a minimum. We wouldn't be surprised to see some changes, especially given what's going on in the world today, though hopefully not too many.
Earlier today Uzbek website Olamsport reported that there was now a date pencilled in for the IBF "interim" Welterweight title fight between Uzbek Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0, 9) [Қудратилло Абдуқаҳҳоровдан] and former world champion Sergey Lipinets (16-1, 12) [Сергей Липинец].
The bout, which was first reported way back in January, had originally been targeted for a February date, but that slipped to May before being postponed by the "on going global situation".
According to Olamsport the new date for the bout is September 26th and the bout is being eyed to take place in Connecticut, USA.
At the moment full details, such as promotional information and the rest of the card, are unknown.
The winner would claim the IBF interim title and become the mandatory for unbeaten American Errol Spence, and that bout would likely come in 2021, unless Spence chose to vacate the IBF title.
Earlier today news broke of a confirmed date for the IBF "interim" Welterweight title bout between Uzbek fighter Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0, 9) [Қудратилло Абдуқаҳҳоровдан] and Kazakh born American based Russian Sergey Lipinets (16-1, 12) [Сергей Липинец].
ESPN report that the bout, which has been put together due to the injuries suffered in a car accident by Errol Spence Jr, will take place on May 16th, though it's yet to be decided whether it will be in Los Angeles or Las Vegas.
For Andukakhorov the bout will be his first at "world" level, and will be his toughest test to date. The unbeaten 26 year old is stepping up in class, but does come in to the bout on the back of wins over Keita Obara and Luis Collazo, and has genuinely earned a shot at a title following those wins, and other strong wins over Charles Manyuchi and Dmitry Mikhaylenko.
Lipinets on the other hand is looking to become a 2-weight champion, having previously been the IBF Light Welterweight champion. He's reeled off 3 wins since losing that title, back in 2018 to Mikey Garcia, and comes into this bout on the back of wins over Lamont Peterson and Jayar Inson.
The bout is supposed to be the headline bout on a PBC card.
According to, the often reliable, Olamsports Uzbek fighter Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0, 9) [Қудратилло Абдуқаҳҳоровдан] will clash with Kazakh born American based Russian Sergey Lipinets (16-1, 12) [Сергей Липинец] for the IBF "interim" Welterweight title.
That perhaps isn't new news, it's been circulating for a few days now with the title being created until Errol Spence Jr recovers from his injuries suffered in a car accident last year.
What does appear to unique to the Olamsport story is that they have reported a date, a venue, and a card for the bout.
According to their report the bout is set to take place on February 22nd, in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand...as one of the chief support bouts for the Heavyweight rematch between Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 21) and Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20).
The Olamsports report that they have been told by Abdukakhorov regarding the details of the bout, and given how accurate they usually are on these sorts of stories, we have no reason to doubt them. Also given that the card is only about 6 weeks away we expect this to confirmed very, very soon by Top Rank.
For Abdukakhorov this will be his first "world" title fight whilst Lipinets will be looking to become a 2-time world champion, after having also held the IBF Light Welterweight title, from November 2017 to April 2018.
(Image courtesy of Olamsports)
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