Former world champion Sergey Lipinets steps in at the last minute to take on Omar Figueroa.
Figueroa was due to be facing Adrien Broner in Hollywood this weekend, but the former four-division world champion has pulled out of the fight, with Lipinets stepping in to fill the void.
Lipinets is a former world champion himself, having held the IBF light-welterweight title.
Figueroa has also had his name in lights, as the Texas puncher was the WBC lightweight champion way back in 2014.
It’s an interesting fight and it also serves as a WBC super-lightweight title eliminator. Lipinets should be in good shape, having already been due to appear on the card, and Samurai is rated the 3/10 favourtie. Figueroa is available at 12/5.
Omar Figueroa vs Sergey Lipinets
Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida
04:00, Sunday 21st August 2022
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Showtime. No UK broadcaster as yet
Figueroa 12/5, Lipinets 3/10
The fight will take place in the early hours of Sunday, August 21, 2022.
The fight card gets underway at 02:00 UK time. There are a couple of world title fights before the main event and the length of those will determine the start time of the bill topper. It’s expected that the fighters will begin their ring walks at around 04:00 UK time.
The contest will take place at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Hard Rock Live is a 7,000 seat multi-purpose theatre, which has played host to artists such as Britney Spears and Maroon 5. In 2020 the Hard Rock also staged the 69th edition of the Miss Universe competition.
The fight will be shown live on Showtime in the US. No UK broadcaster has picked up the rights to show the contest as things stand, but it is available to steam via the Showtime app.
Despite being a short-notice replacement Lipinets is the 3/10 favourtie for the fight. Figueroa is 12/5 to upset the Kazakhstan-born boxer and more markets will be available closer to fight night.
Both boxers are former world champions, but there are no belts on the line this time around. There are two world title contests on the undercard and the main event between Figueroa and Lipinets is a WBC super-lightweight title eliminator. The winner is likely to be in prime position for a shot at a world title down the line.
Figueroa has suffered just two defeats in his 31-fight professional career. However, those reversals came in Panterita’s two most recent contests.
The Texas fighter was beaten by Yordenis Ugas in a good-level contest in 2019 and two years later Figueroa was turned over by Abel Ramos. The latest of those defeats came with Panterita retiring in his corner in the sixth round and that has to be a concern heading into this battle.
Prior to that pair of defeats, the Texas puncher managed good wins over Antonio DeMarco and Ricky Burns. Those are the best victories on Figueroa’s card and that is the performance level that will be required to get past Lipinets.
Lipinets wouldn’t have been preparing for a fight against Figueroa, but the Kazakhstan-born boxer was training for an appearance on this card.
Samurai has been involved in some big fights in the past and he put in a good performance when beating Lamont Peterson in 2019. Lipinets lost his IBF super-lightweight title in defeat to Mikey Garcia prior to the Peterson victory and the 33-year-old is also coming into this fight on the back of a loss.
Lipinets was beaten by Jaron Ennis in a welterweight contest in April 2021 and the Kazakhstan-born boxer is now back in the super-lightweight division.
There’s an interesting undercard in Hollywood. The co-main event will see Alberto Puello and Batyr Akhmedov get it on for the vacant WBA super lightweight title. Roger Gutierrez is also in action defending his WBA super-featherweight crown against the unbeaten Hector Garcia.