ESPN results: Lipinets too much for Castillo
Undefeated Kazakh junior welterweight Sergey Lipinets, was too much for Walter Castillo on Friday night, as he earned the victory via stoppage in the seventh round. The fight was the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card televised on ESPN and held at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.
An unintentional low blow by Lipinets in the opening round was the only highlight of a slow start but, because of Castillo’s stick-and-move strategy, the fight took awhile to unravel. For whatever reason – perhaps the hellacious offense Lipinets was imposing – Castillo, Managua, Nicaragua, stopped using his jab in the third round.
Every right hand Lipinets, 10-0 (8), threw had bad intentions and, with Castillo now stabilized, he had an open target. He also controlled the distance with a jab of his own and, in the fourth round, Lipinets started to visibly hurt Castillo. Lipinets didn’t leave the round unscathed, however, after a jab from Castillo grazed his left brow, leaving a nasty cut just above the eye.
The cut bled profusely in the fifth round but Lipinets felt compelled to keep his work rate up, perhaps afraid that the gash would leave the result out of his hands. Thanks to a great cutman in Mike Rodriguez, the wound held up much better going into the seventh but Castillo was very tentative with his power shots. In fact, he rarely threw punches as he was shelled up from the firestorm and, after a few hooks to the body and an overhand right to the head, Castillo was bamboozled.
Castillo, 26-4-1 (19), wasn’t completely out of it once referee Bill Clancy stopped the bout in the waning seconds of the seventh but he was certainly getting beat up and the stoppage was warranted because he wasn’t fighting back at all. In only his 10th professional fight, Lipinets, 27, gets his third win in a row after graduating to 10-round fights.
With scores of 60-53, 59-54 and 58-55, bantamweight prospect David Perez, seemingly got an easy unanimous decision win over Adan Ortiz but the results didn’t reflect the tough fight he actually had.
It was a hellacious first round for Ortiz, 24, who was dropped by a left hook that landed flush on his chin. Perez set up the knockdown shot with a right hook to the body and, after Ortiz beat referee Keith Hughes’ count, the 20-year old smelled blood. Ortiz’s reaction was to fight back, once action resumed, and it produced some thrilling moments in which Perez kept landing his left hook but Ortiz refused to go down.
After getting beat up for the first two rounds, Ortiz, 9-2 (8), rebounded in the third, thanks to Perez’s sloppiness. The Houston, Texas native was coming in wide with his shots and Ortiz countered him with compact punches. On a couple occasions, Perez, 7-0 (3), almost had his mouthpiece knocked out but was never seriously wobbled by Ortiz’s straight right hand. Perez ended on a higher note in the sixth and final round by firing his left hook again but Ortiz certainly gave him a rough time after what started looking like an easy night.
In the opening bout of the ESPN telecast, Mongolian featherweight Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar, destroyed Rafael Vazquez after knocking him down three times in the opening round, leading to the eventual stoppage.
Nyambayar, 6-0 (6), sent his Puerto Rican foe to the mat within the first 30 seconds after a straight right hand clipped Vazquez’s chin. Vazquez, 16-3 (13), giving off the impression that it was a flash knockdown, got up quickly but, less than 30 seconds later, he fell backward to the floor after another straight right hand hit him flush in the face.
A flyweight silver medalist in the 2012 London Olympics, Nyambayar, 24, set up his shots beautifully by distracting Vazquez with connects to the body before finding a wide-open window upstairs. After the second knockdown, Vazquez, 38, was in survival mode, but was fooled one last time by a right hand that came after a feint. As he slowly dropped to his knees, referee Keith Hughes waved off the fight at the 1:24 mark.