It’s a battle of former champions as former IBF World super lightweight champion Sergey Lipinets battles former junior welterweight and former welterweight champ Lamont Peterson of Washington D.C. this Sunday at the MGM Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
The 12-round contest will be televised welterweight live on Fox Sports 1. Lipinets beat Erick Bone by majority decision last time out, in August 2018. Peterson’s was halted in seven by IBF World welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr in January of 2018.
Peterson, (35-4, 17 KOs), has fought notable opponents such as Timothy Bradley, Jr, Amir Khan, Danny Garcia, Victor Ortiz, and Lucas Matthysse. He won a highly controversial decision over Khan in a fight which took place in the DMV. A rematch was scrapped due to Peterson failing drug tests.
Lipinets, (14-1 with 10 KOs), had a fine amateur career and has been in with Bone, the durable Lydell Rhodes, Leonardo Zappavigna (Lenny Z), shopworn Cosme Riviera, and current lightweight champion Mikey Garcia.
Robert Uzzell: Peterson fights like a different man when near his home base. I think there are holes to be exploited in Sergey’s defense. Peterson will be the bigger man on fight night and will have a speed advantage against Sergey. His resume is much better. I think he’s ready to put on a show for the home fans. His brother is also on the card and that gives him incentive. Peterson does a little bit of it all. Nothing great, but his best asset is the body punching and that will be the difference.
I also like his strength in this fight to push Sergey in whatever direction he wants him to go. He will wear Lipinets down last and win a clear decision to send the home crowd home happily. Peterson UD
Chip Mitchell: My message to any opponent who comes to the DMV as a favorite or as a slight dog—- BUYER BEWARE! I think Lamont Peterson is there for the taking in this fight. He’s coming of a loss by stoppage, he’s 35 years old, and he hasn’t fought in about 14 months. Yes he has the height, reach, and speed advantages. Lipinets on the other hand has the power advantage and has a solid chin. Both have good footwork.
I believe on this night Peterson will do some very good work, but Lipinets will get inside and have moments there and from the outside with power punches. In the end, my card will read “Sergey Lipinets” as the winner in a close 7-5 type of decision. However, it’ll be an expected controversial decision again as Lamont Peterson escapes with a debatable win. Peterson by controversial decision