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Sergey Lipinets to face Akihiro Kondo for IBF title on Wilder-Ortiz undercard

Lipinets has knocked out ten of his last eleven opponents

The November 4th showdown between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz won’t be the only title fight on the card. Sergey Lipinets, already known to be a participant, reportedly has a foe for his shot at the vacant IBF super lightweight title: Japan’s Akihiro Kondo, whom the IBF ordered him to negotiate with a few weeks back.

Lipinets does not appear overly concerned.

Lipinets (12-0, 10 KO) worked his way through the 140-pound ranks on several PBC shows, where his extremely fan-friendly slugging earned him a couple of headlining spots. He was Terence Crawford’s mandatory for a while, but Crawford made the decision to unify against Julius Indongo and vacated his IBF belt soon after.

Kondo (29-6-1, 16 KO) is ranked #3 by the IBF to Lipinets’ #1. There is no IBF #2. He’s on an eight-fight winning streak, but two of those guys were making their debuts and another was 0-1.

Is this what it looks like on paper, or does Kondo actually have some secret weapon I’m not seeing?

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