Sergey Lipinets vs Mikey Garcia Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
Mikey Garcia gunning for fourth division world title in Sergey Lipinets encounter
Unbeaten three-weight world champion Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) goes in search of a fourth division crown this weekend when he contests Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) for his IBF light-welterweight title.
At the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas, Garcia is targeting the 140lbs crown, after once again moving up in weight in his last outing to face Adrien Broner.
The American comfortably outpointed Broner in that July clash last year, after weighing in at the heaviest he’s ever been in his long-standing career to date.
He next seeks another divisional world title against Russian champion Lipinets, who is also undefeated, and Garcia will enter as the odds-on 1/14 favourite with Ladbrokes to prevail.
Meanwhile, the reigning belt holder is 8/1 with Betfred to secure a successful maiden defence on American soil, after claiming the previously vacant crown back in November.
Lipinets overcame Japan’s Akihiro Kondo, a lot less convincingly than initially expected, to become world champion after just 13 professional ring outings. But Garcia will be aiming to make sure he enjoys only a short reign this weekend in Texas.
Garcia looks to dethrone Lipinets in his maiden title defence
Current IBF lightweight champion Garcia brutally knocked out Dejan Zlaticanin last January to secure the strap, while earning one of the stoppages of the year.
Moving up to 140lbs, the Californian was then unable to halt Broner inside 12 rounds, but he completely dismantled the controversial fighter in New York without any trouble.
After seeing next Russian opponent Lipinets struggle somewhat in his own last bout against Kondo, Garcia will be confident of becoming a four-weight titlist this weekend.
The now 30-year-old, who has also outlined intentions of further stepping up to welterweight in the near future, is 6/4 with Paddy Power to rally to a decision success here.
Meanwhile, with the champion being vastly less experienced and his last clash maybe taking a lot out of him, Garcia is a promising 13/8 with Betfair to triumph by stoppage inside rounds 7-12 in Texas.
Although, a lot was made out of Lipinets’ unflattering performance last time out, having previously been regarded as a dangerous threat in the division.
The unbeaten 28-year-old is 10/1 with Paddy Power to hand Garcia his maiden career setback by KO, or an even wider 25/1 outsider to outpoint his first challenger as champion.
All the signs are pointing towards a historic night for Garcia, as he seemingly bids to jump up weight classes in search of silverware, rather than stick around and defend against the bigger names in high-profile meetings.
Jorge Linares and Vasyl Lomachenko have been continuously tipped as potential foes in the near future, but he will first have to deal with Lipinets this weekend in order to keep those massive paydays alive. A feat he is widely expected to achieve.