Sergey Lipinets vs. Mikey Garcia delayed
Sergey Lipinets was scheduled to defend his IBF 140-pound title versus Mikey Garcia, from the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, on Showtime. However with Lipinets having a damaged right hand, the whole event has been moved off its February 10 date.
“I’m going to have a conference call with the head of the Alamodome to try to find a different date to re-schedule the fight,” said Richard Schaefer, the head of Ringstar Sports, which is staging this card. “It’s a matter of weeks, not like months, so I’m trying to get the next available date at the Alamodome. Hopefully it’ll be within two, three weeks of the original date.”
According to Alex Vaysfeld of Union Boxing (which represents Lipinets), the injury occurred a few weeks back. “I guess, in the course of the sparring, (Lipinets) hit somebody on the top of the head and that’s what happened.”
But Lipinets was willing to work through the injury to his right hand, which became severely swollen.
“Sergey kept on working. I mean, he felt something was wrong but this is boxing and every single time you’re getting ready in camp, there isn’t one fighter that comes into the ring without having some kind of pain; I can guarantee you that,” said Vaysfeld, who was initially surprised that the fight was postponed.
“Two weeks ago, the hand just blew up,” he continued. “It started feeling like it was broken, couldn’t even touch it. That’s when we started looking into it. He kept on sparring with one hand and using the left hand only.”
If that was the case, then backing up this fight was the appropriate thing to do. Fans deserve to watch a fighter who can give a maximum effort and there was no guarantee that the local commission would clear Lipinets, with the current condition of his hand. This will be the first title defense for Lipinets, who defeated Akihiro Kondo back on November 4 to capture the vacant belt. Garcia, the WBC lightweight titlist, is attempting to win a title in his fourth weight class.
“Hey, if they want to move it we’re more than willing to oblige and we’ll be ready whenever the fight is going to get a date, “Vaysfeld told UCNLive.com. “We’ll be ready for it, no problem.”
According to Schaefer, “The event has been selling like hot cakes.” And with that, this card will be kept in Texas. “San Antonio has really responded to this event. We are on track to have a huge gate, a seven-figure gate, and so we definitely want to keep it there.”
SANTA CRUZ-MARES II
So what’s the latest on the rematch between WBA featherweight beltholder Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares?
“We actually have a meeting with the head of AEG and see what dates we can get,” said Schaefer, who prefers to have this take place where their first bout was hosted in the summer of 2015. “I have mentioned before I really want to keep the fight in L.A.. I really want the rematch at the Staples Center. I think it’s a perfect Staples Center fight.
“I know that both fighters are anxiously awaiting to get a date and get it done.”
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