Lamont Peterson x Sergey Lipinets|MGM National Harbor|3.24.2019|#grindmode

We up! The DMV (Washington, D.C.|Maryland|Virginia) is back in the spotlight once again. Veteran and former two-division world champion, Lamont Peterson, 35-4-1 (17 KOs), will be looking to get back into the win column when he faces off against a former 140 pound world champion, Sergey Lipinets, 14-1 (10 KOs). This Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) match-up will be at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. The action in itself will be broadcast live on FS1 and will go down at the MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, a new boxing and gambling hotspot for the DMV area.

To say that this match-up will be important for both fighters is an understatement. Both fighters need what will be a crucial win, even more so for the 35-year-old Peterson who’s fighting at a pace of less than a fight a year for the past three years. Peterson sat out the entirety of 2016, and only fought once in 2017 and 2018. When Peterson and Lipinets face off, it will be Peterson’s first fight since his January 2018 loss to pound-for-pound standout, Errol Spence, Jr. Peterson has never been one to duck any opponent so the Lipinets fight was likely a welcomed task and another chance as fighting in front of his hometown crowd in what will be his first fight at the MGM National Harbor.  

For Lipinets, this will mark his first fight since winning a bounce-back fight against Erick Bone in August 2018. Prior to that fight, he participated in what is his biggest fight to date and toughest test of his career, against pound for pound standout Mikey Garcia. Lipinets was attempting his first defense of the IBF World Super Lightweight title he picked up in a gutsy win over Japan’s Akihiro Kondo months earlier. In the Garcia fight, Lipinets showed a ton of heart and had to pick himself up off of the canvas during the contest. This was a real test for Lipinets. Though he ultimately came up short, he showed that he has the ability to compete with the best in the sport.

The pending matchup is certainly one of intrigue. Lamont, along with his brother Anthony, battled their way through a period of homelessness. Under the tutelage of renowned trainer Barry Hunter, Lamont Peterson was able to flourish into a world champion. This also helped to elevate the Headbangers Gym into one of the top training spots in the nation. Many world champions have come through those gym doors to further their development in the sweet science. After all, champions are made beyond the cameras. While Peterson has been fairly inactive over the last few years, he’s never been one to be out of shape. Ultimately, when the call comes he’s always ready for the challenge. He represents for the best of Washington, D.C.

Lipinets started out in the world of kickboxing before ultimately taking up boxing where he had a brief amateur career prior to joining the pro ranks. Like his amateur career, his pro career too has been fast tracked having fought for and won a vacant world title in only 13 fights. Battling through attrition, Lipinets made the best of his opportunity. Regardless of where the road leads from this point forward, the record books will show him as a world champion. Lipinets’ ‘no frills’ approach has garnered him respect amongst many in the sport who tuned in to watch him for the first time in his matchup against Garcia. Once again, a big time opportunity is in front of him.

As the odds would have it, there are attributes that favor both fighters. The more youthful Lipinets doesn’t have just age on his side, he also has less wear and tear than the battle tested Peterson who’s career at the elite level has spanned a decade. Peterson’s last fight was brutal and it wouldn’t be shocking if remnants of such showed in the coming fight. Lipinets has only gone the distance four times with only two going 12 rounds. That said, he has shown that he has the ability to hang in at the elite level. Lipinets also has a higher knockout percentage at 67% compared to Peterson’s 43%, but Lipinets s overall competition level pales in comparison having only faced one elite level fighter in his career.

Lipinets doesn’t seem to possess much speed and with him moving up in weight, Peterson will likely still be the more faster and athletic fighter even at this stage of his career. Peterson. Is the taller and longer fighter and both are natural Super Lightweights though Peterson has ventured above 140 pounds on more than one occasions. Time will tell who ends up being the bigger man come fight night. One has to favor Peterson in the footwork category as he’s shown the ability to get in and set up his shots while also being able to move at range of needs. Lipinets, though, is willing to take a shot to get inside where he can do solid work to the body. All in all, it seems as though this could play out as a fairly even matchup when you really set back and take all attributes and intangibles into consideration.

Lucky for us, we don’t have to wait long to find out what the outcome will be as the fight week is closely approaching us. I haven’t the slightest of doubt that both fighter will bring their best of that day. In that case, not only do they win, the fans win.  

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