Junior welterweight Sergey Lipinets remained undefeated tonight, picking up his 10th pro win with a seventh round stoppage of Nicaragua’s Walter Castillo in the PBC on ESPN main event. The official time of stoppage was 2:45 of round seven.
Lipinets (10-0, 8 KO) started a little slow, but found his groove and never let Castillo (26-4-1, 19 KO) do any real damage. Castillo kept himself in the fight with his punch output, often outworking Lipinets in the opening rounds, but the cleaner, harder shots were coming from the former kickboxer from Kazakhstan, now based in Beverly Hills, California.
Lipinets hurt Castillo with a long right hand in round six, and came back to land a similar shot in the seventh, which staggered Castillo and put him on the run. Lipinets pounced, unloading a flurry of shots with Castillo against the ropes, until referee Bill Clancy jumped in to wave the fight off.
Mongolian featherweight Tugstsogt Nyambayar improved to 6-0 (6 KO) by wiping out 38-year-old Rafael Vazquez (16-3, 13 KO) in the first round, dropping him three times before the referee stopped the fight. (Actually, the referee was stopping the fight as Nyambayar was in the process of flooring Vazquez for the third time, but whatever.)
Nyambayar, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist from Mongolia, basically couldn’t miss with his right hand in this one, and when it landed, he did damage. He put Vazquez down about 30 seconds in, then about 60 seconds in, then finished about 90 seconds in. The official time of the stoppage was 1:24 of the first round.
In a super bantamweight swing fight, David Perez (7-0, 3 KO) defeated Adan Ortiz (9-2, 8 KO) via unanimous decision over six rounds, on scores of 60-53, 59-54, and 58-55. BLH had it 58-55 for Perez, who put Ortiz down hard in the first round and nearly got him out early. Ortiz, to his credit, showed a lot of heart, and went the distance.