Last night fans in the US had the chance to see the promising Light Welterweight Sergey Lipinets (9-0, 7), a Russian based Kazakh, continue his perfect start to professional boxing as he stopped the once touted Levan Ghvamichava (16-2-1, 12), of Georgia.
A few years ago Ghamichava was beginning to make a name for himself as a really promising and hard to match UK based Georgian, and within a year of his debut he had raced to a 6-0 (5) record, with a very notable stoppage over Giuseppe Lauri. Since then however his career had stagnated with last nights bout being a potential chance for him to build some momentum and make up for lost time, which had included almost a year out of the ring immediately following the win over Lauri.
As for Lipinets he didn't actually make his boxing debut until 2014 but has already impress with notable wins over the likes of Cosme Rivera and Kendal Mena as well as a 10 round decision win last October against the then unbeaten Haskell Rhodes. Although relatively knew to professional boxing he had turned pro after an outstanding career in the amateur ranks and in kick boxing.
The first few rounds were close, with the Georgian more than holding his own against Lipinets, that was until round 5, When Lipinets managed to hurt the Georgian and took full advantage landing a devastating body shot in a follow up attack that left Ghamichava in agony on the canvas where he took the full 10 count on his knees.
Although the performance wasn't a dominant one from Lipinets it was an impressive one with the 26 year old needing to figure out his opponent, show a lot of self belief and turn the fight around slightly after a few early troubles. It also allowed him to prove not only his offensive arsenal but also his defense and toughness with Ghamichava getting through with some solid shots of his own.
Sadly for fans hoping to see Mongolian Tugstsogt Nyambayar (4-0, 4) his bout was cancelled a few days before the show.
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