Former junior welterweight titleholder and current welterweight contender Sergey Lipinets was supposed to face veteran John Molina Jr tonight, but when Molina pulled out with a back injury on Friday, southpaw Jayar Inson stepped in.
No worries for Lipinets, who dropped and stopped Inson less than a minute into the second round, improving to 16-1 (12 KO) with the quick victory.
Inson (18-3, 12 KO) was supposed to be on the off-TV undercard, but got bumped up to the PPV show with a big opportunity, which to his credit he and his team accepted. But he was always the big underdog here, as he was coming off of a loss to Jonathan Steele in January.
Other than perhaps how quickly it was over, the fight went about as you’d expect. Lipinets is a good fighter, seems to have settled in at 147 now, and just on a whole other level compared to Inson. But Inson gave it a shot, got caught wide open throwing a left hook, and did get up.
Inson wanted to continue, but referee Jay Nady took a look and called it off.
Lipinets has no clear next fight, but with the top PBC welterweights in a big fight cycle with Pacquiao-Thurman tonight and Spence-Porter coming in September, he could find himself in with one of the big boys perhaps early next year, either one coming off of a loss, or one looking for what they’ll hope to be a “softer touch” world title defense.