Thankfully, the hand injury suffered by IBF junior welterweight titleholder Sergey Lipinets isn’t too serious, and his fight with Mikey Garcia has already been rescheduled.
The bout, originally slated for February 10 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, has been moved to March 10, still in San Antonio, but now at Freeman Coliseum.
Showtime will still televise, and the card — including the rematch between Rances Barthelemy and Kiryl Relikh — will remain the same.
Garcia (37-0, 30 KO) is the in the position of challenger, but also that of favorite. The 30-year-old is on pound-for-pound lists, and is looking to win a world title in a fourth weight class, after picking up belts at 126, 130, and 135.
In his last fight, Garcia moved to 140 pounds for a money bout with Adrien Broner, winning by unanimous decision.
Lipinets (13-0, 10 KO) is a solid fighter who won the vacated IBF belt in November, beating Akihiro Kondo by decision, getting wide scores in what was really a very competitive fight. Garcia is a new level for him, but the 28-year-old is as ready as he’s going to get.
Worth noting for fight fans is that the Garcia-Lipinets card will be up against the ESPN card that same night, featuring Oscar Valdez defending his featherweight title against Scott Quigg.