PBC returns to ESPN this evening with a doubleheader featuring two good prospects, junior welterweight Sergey Lipinets (9-0, 7 KO) and featherweight Tugstsogt Nyambayar (5-0, 5 KO) in a pair of fights set for 10 rounds.
In the main event, Lipinets will face Nicaragua's Walter Castillo (26-3-1, 19 KO), a 27-year-old veteran coming off of a draw against Keita Obara in an IBF eliminator last November. In April 2015, he was beaten handily by Amir Imam over 10 rounds, and defeated Ammeth Diaz between those two bouts. Lipinets, also 27, is coming off of a fifth round knockout of Levan Ghvamachiva in March.
Nyambayar, 24, won an Olympic silver medal in 2012 representing Mongolia, and turned pro in March 2015. He was one of the most exciting fighters to watch four years ago in London, and his pro career has kicked off on that same note, not once going past the fourth round thus far. His opponent will be Rafael Vazquez (16-2, 13 KO), a 38-year-old Brooklyn club fighter born in Puerto Rico. Vazquez lost his last fight in October 2015, but was fairly competitive in defeat against Ryan Kielczewski.
For more on these fights, check out our preview.
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Sergey Lipinets def. Walter Castillo by TKO (2:45 of round 7)
David Perez def. Adan Ortiz by unanimous decision (60-53, 59-54, 58-55)
Tugstsogt Nyambayar def. Rafael Vazquez by TKO (1:24 of round 1)
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ROUND BY ROUND
SERGEY LIPINETS vs WALTER CASTILLO
Round 1: Lipinets pretty much feeling things out in the first two minutes here. Not doing a lot of work. Castillo at least throwing, not landing. Slow, slow start from Lipinets. Castillo 10-9
Round 2: Castillo comes out aggressively, but gets popped with a counter left hook off the ropes from Lipinets. Castillo with a little hook when Lipinets opens up. Castillo really staying in this fight, not getting hit a lot, throwing more than Lipinets is throwing. Best punch of the round was from Lipinets and he's starting to liven up a bit more, but Castillo still outhustling him. Right hand from Lipinets, then he gets out before Castillo can return fire. Round was about even save for the two best shots, both from Lipinets. Lipinets 10-9, 19-19
Round 3: Castillo definitely here to fight. Lipinets busts Castillo in the mouth, lip bloodied. Decent fight so far. Lipinets has the better shots, Castillo still working hard. Lipinets appears to have no urgency or worries. His right hand is getting going now. Lipinets 10-9, 29-28
Round 4: Castillo again starting fast, lands a right hand upstairs. Castillo throwing both hands, Lipinets not as impressive tonight as he's been in other fights, Castillo doing a decent job. Lipinets cut near the left eye, but he closes the round really strong with a late flurry that might have sealed it. Lipinets 10-9, 39-37
Round 5: Lipinets starting to bang to the body more consistently. Lipinets swinging wild power shots. Good flurry back from Castillo. Castillo still landing some good shots. Lipinets getting a decent test here. Still like Lipinets' work better, but it's a fight. Lipinets 10-9, 49-46
Round 6: Lipinets cracks Castillo with a long right hand, now trying to finish, throwing heavy shots to the body, some uppercuts, wide shots. Castillo continues to back down, now trying to clinch, buy some time. Lipinets shuts that down, then goes back to the body. Castillo recovers, and starts moving forward again. But this is a big round for Lipinets. Lipinets 10-9, 59-55
Round 7: Lipinets now dictating the pace entirely, Castillo not throwing much anymore. Hard right from Lipinets, and Castillo hurt again with a minute left in the round. He's on his bike, and Lipinets is hurling shots forward. Body, head, loading up. Castillo hanging on again. Hard right agaain, then a hook lands clean. He's unleashing tons of shots, and the referee jumps in to stop the fight! Lipinets TKO-7
DAVID PEREZ vs ADAN ORTIZ
Round 1: Perez is 6-0 (3 KO), Ortiz is 9-1 (8 KO), and Ortiz took the fight on short notice. Perez drops Ortiz with about a minute left in the round, put him down hard. Ortiz is up and will fight on. Hard right again, hook lands, and Ortiz slips this time. Perez trying to finish, Ortiz throwing with him. Perez hurts him again, Ortiz trying to hang on> BIG hook lands. WOO! Perez 10-8
Round 2: Ortiz doing better in that he's not getting knocked down and stuff. Still getting hit some, but he's landing, too. Perez 10-9, 20-17
Round 3: Ortiz doing pretty well this round, actually, and may have it in his favor going into the final minute. This is, you know, a swing fight, it's what it is, but not bad TV so far. Ortiz 10-9, Perez 29-27
Round 4: Fight getting really sloppy now. Perez taking back the momentum in this round. Both guys throwing tired looking punches. Slow and telegraphed. Ortiz still landing some in return. Perez 10-9, 39-36
Round 5: Both guys definitely fatigued, but they're throwing their hands and keeping a nice workrate at least. Perez 10-9, 49-45
Round 6: Decent fight. Should be a win for Perez, but Ortiz showed a lot of heart. Ortiz 10-9, Perez 58-55
TUGSTSOGT NYAMBAYAR vs RAFAEL VAZQUEZ
Round 1: Nyambayar with a right hand that seems to shake Vazquez a bit, then a straight right drops Vazquez in 30 seconds! Vazquez pops right back up. He's engaging here, which is making this fun. HARD RIGHT AND DOWN GOES VAZQUEZ AGAIN! Right hand hurts Vazquez again, and now he's unloading with chopping rights, Vazquez down again, and this is over. Nyambayar TKO-1