Former two-division world champion Lamont Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs) takes on the former Super Lightweight World Champion Sergey Lipinets (14-1, 10 KOs) on Sunday, March 24, 2019.
The fight takes place at the MGM National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Maryland and is presented by Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports 1 with bouts starting at 8:00 pm, ET.
Read on for a full preview and prediction for Lamont Peterson vs. Sergey Lipinets.
TALE OF THE TAPE
|Lamont Peterson||Sergey Lipinets|
|Record||35-4-1, 17 KOs||14-1, 10 KOs|
|Hometown||Washington D.C.||Martuk, Kazakhstan,|
Lamont Peterson has a slight edge in both height and reach as he is the bigger fighter. Odds are he will walk into the ring heavier than Sergey Lipinets as well.
Lipinets is young, the 29-year-old is only 15 fights into his boxing career.
The Welterweight showdown has doesn’t have any title or ranking implications attached, however, it is a great fight for both fighters.
Sergey Lipinets will make his second fight at the Welterweight division of 147 pounds after moving up from the Super Lightweight division, 140 pounds.
Lipinets’ only defeat came at the hands of Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs), in an IBF Superlightweight bout in March of 2018. Now, in a new division, Lipinets wants to make a name for himself.
Peterson is coming off of a seventh round RTD defeat to IBF Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (25-0, 21 KOs).
Spence Jr. dominated the fight and became only the second fighter to stop Peterson.
Lamont Peterson vs. Sergey Lipinets will be telling for the future of both fighters careers.
STRENGTHS FOR EACH FIGHTER
Sergey Lipinets has good power, footwork and a solid chin.
Lipinets has 10 KOs in his 15 fights, a solid 67 percent knockout rate. However, all 10 knockouts came in the Super Lightweight division.
Lipinets is a former professional kickboxer, a reason his footwork is great. He uses angles extremely well on both offense and defense.
The only knockdown of Lipinets’ career came from a Mikey Garcia left hook. He has a solid chin, don’t expect him to go down.
Lamont Peterson has great defense, a high boxing IQ and immense physical strength.
Peterson is known for his defensive ability, he is a hard fighter to hit. He uses his quick feet, and upper body movement to avoid being touched.
Peterson’s boxing IQ is off of the charts. He can asses the type of fight he is in, and tailor his style to the fight.
Peterson has shown he can counter-punch and use his defense like his fight against Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs). Or, switch it up and attack with pressure and physicality as he did against Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs).
Peterson is a strong Welterweight, he will have no problem moving his opponents around at will. This will be a factor in Sunday’s outcome.
WEAKNESSES FOR EACH FIGHTER
Sergey Lipinets’s weaknesses are his defense, and lack of experience.
Lipinets likes to apply pressure by walking his opponents down, he is the aggressor in most of his fights. This becomes a problem when he tries to stand and trade with his opponents. He trades offense for defense instead of boxing, which could land him in trouble.
With only 15 professional boxing fights, Lipinets lacks the experience that Peterson does. The little things in the ring count like cutting off the ring, and fighting for 12 full rounds. This will be Lipinets’ fourth 12 round fight, something to take note of in the later rounds.
Lamont Peterson’s weaknesses are his volume of punches and lack of activity.
Peterson doesn’t throw punches in bunches, or a high volume of punches throughout a fight. This, combined with his superb defense, turns into a defensive show with no offense at times. It’s frustrating to watch, and a problem in some of his close losses.
Peterson has been in two fights in the last three years. This is not a recipe for success, especially for a 35 year old trying to stay competitive in a young man’s sport.
Peterson needs to make sure he is on target to make weight, and has his routine down pact. The lack of activity can impact his body during fight night, something no one wants to see.
THE WINNER AND WHY
Lamont Peterson will prove his deserves to be a top-10 Welterweight in any sanctioning bodies rankings.
Peterson will use his defense, ring IQ and size to beat Sergey Lipinets. This should be a close fight between two warriors, expect a majority decision as the outcome.
Peterson isn’t done just yet, and he won’t let Lipinets use him as a stepping stone in the division.