FORMER CHAMPIONS OMAR FIGUEROA JR. AND SERGEY LIPINETS DUEL IN THIS SATURDAY’S MAIN EVENT LIVE ON SHOWTIME® AT SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO IN HOLLYWOOD, FLA. HEADLINING PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS EVENT
Lipinets Steps In For 4-Division Champion Adrien Broner Who Withdrew From Primary Occasion On account of Private Points
High Tremendous Lightweights Alberto Puello and Batyr Akhmedov Sq. Off for Vacant WBA 140-Pound World Title; WBA Tremendous Featherweight Champion Roger Gutierrez Duels Unbeaten
Plus, Undefeated Rising Star Brandun Lee Takes On Will Madera in Televised Opener of Stacked 4 Battle Card Starting
at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – August 15, 2022 – In an all-action crossroads conflict, former world champions Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. and Sergey Lipinets will battle in a 12-round WBC Tremendous Light-weight title eliminator headlining dwell on SHOWTIME this Saturday, August 20 from Exhausting Rock Stay at Seminole Exhausting Rock Resort & On line casino in Hollywood, Fla. in a Premier Boxing Champions Occasion.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast may also function prime 140-pounders Alberto Puello and Batyr Akhmedov squaring off for the vacant WBA Tremendous Light-weight World Championship within the co-main occasion and WBA Tremendous Featherweight World Champion Roger Gutierrez defending his title in opposition to unbeaten Hector Garcia. Within the telecast opener, Brandun Lee, one of many sport’s most enjoyable prospects and largest punchers, will tackle Will Madera in a 10-round tremendous light-weight bout opening a loaded four-fight telecast that begins dwell at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
4-division world champion Adrien Broner pulled out of the beforehand scheduled match in opposition to Figueroa, citing private points prematurely of the struggle.
“Man, I’m going [through] rather a lot at this second in my life, however I ain’t gonna surrender. I set some extra objectives and I end what I began however sorry to say this, however I’m not preventing August 20,” Broner mentioned in an Instagram put up. “Sorry to all my followers however Psychological Well being is actual and I’m not about to play contained in the ring … So, I’ve to step again and overcome this impediment earlier than I am going put my life on the road contained in the sq. circle once more. I do know I’m removed from being completed with the game SEE Y’ALL SOON.’’
The 32-year-old Figueroa (28-2-1, 19 KOs) is from a preventing household alongside along with his youthful brother Brandon, a former tremendous bantamweight world champion. Figueroa received the WBC Light-weight World Championship with a unanimous choice victory over Nihito Arakawa in a 2013 “Battle of the 12 months” and efficiently defended the title two occasions earlier than transferring as much as tremendous light-weight in 2015. Figueroa has additionally fought at welterweight, incomes action-packed victories over Robert Guerrero, John Molina Jr., and Antonio DeMarco. He’ll transfer again right down to tremendous light-weight on August 20 after back-to-back defeats in opposition to Yordenis Ugas and Abel Ramos. His match in opposition to Lipinets is a basic crossroads struggle.
“That is going to be an awesome struggle in opposition to Lipinets and I hope he’s prepared for what I’m bringing,” mentioned Figueroa. “I’ve made adjustments in my life and I’m excited to see the sort of fighter that I’m now. I’m going to indicate what I can do now that I’ve a transparent head and a transparent path forward of me. With the opponent change I’m much more able to take all of the frustrations and anger which have constructed up in camp and convey it into the ring on Saturday and are available out victorious.”
Lipinets (16-2-1, 12 KOs) has been in coaching and was already scheduled to look on the August 20 card earlier than being elevated as a alternative for Broner in the principle occasion. Born in Martuk, Kazakhstan and now dwelling in Woodland Hills, Calif., Lipinets isn’t any stranger to the principle stage, having tangled with champions together with Lamont Peterson and Mikey Garcia. The 33-year-old defeated Akhiro Kondo for the IBF tremendous light-weight title in 2017 and misplaced the title to Garcia by unanimous choice in 2018. He’s coming off a loss to Jaron Ennis in a welterweight title in April 2021.
“We’ve really been in camp for nearly three months preparing for whoever they put in entrance of me,” mentioned Lipinets. “We’ve been coaching with no specific opponent in thoughts. There have been just a few completely different guys which have mentioned they needed to struggle me. So, we’ve been sparring with and getting ready for all sorts of types. And now we get this nice information that I get to struggle Figueroa this Saturday. I can’t wait to indicate everybody that I’m nonetheless a pressure to be reckoned with at 140 kilos.”