Mikey Garcia became a four-weight world champion tonight with an impressive display over Sergey Lipinets in San Antonio, Texas.
Garcia dropped the teak tough Lipinets on route to winning a unanimous points decision tonight and although Lipinets came in as an underdog, proved to be a very game and live test for Garcia.
The win saw Garcia capture the IBF super-lightweight world title and extend his record to an impressive 38-0-30KO.
Speaking on the win after the fight he said:
“To win this fourth world title in four divisions is an honour.”
Speaking on Lipinets:
“He came in exactly as I expected. Very tough. Very determined. Very hungry. Strong fighter. We had to work with angles, footwork, behind the jab.”
On his opponent’s power, he added:
“I know I carry the power but I was fighting a bigger man so he took a good punch. There were a few moments where I felt like I might have hurt him a little bit but not enough for me to go after him. But I had to be careful, I didn’t want to get caught with an overhand right and go down by accident. So I had to be very patient.”
On what’s next:
“I could come down to 135lbs and unify the titles which is what I’d really like to do. Then I can go to 140lbs unify those titles and possibly go to 147lbs. So two or three more fights, you’re going to see me at welterweight for sure.”
The boxing world saw another pound for pound star climb the rankings tonight. No doubt about it.