Just days before his scheduled main event showtime fight this weekend, Adrien Broner withdrew from his fight against Omar Figuroa Jr, citing mental health issues. As the fight was about to be tossed out with no opponent for Figueroa Jr, Russian veteran fighter Sergey Lipinets answered the call and will now step in to take Broner’s spot on Saturday, albeit it was on extremely short notice.
The 32-year-old Figueroa Jr. made his professional debut back in 2008 and has had a lengthy welterweight career with some legitimately impressive wins. He is a former lightweight champion for the WBC, WBC FECARBOX, WBC Silver, and WBA-NABA, and despite being on the tail end of his career, likely has some good fights left in him. He entered 2019 undefeated after 28 fights, but ultimately ran into trouble in July of that year, falling to Yordenis Ugas by unanimous decision to suffer his first defeat.
After that, Figueroa Jr. lost again, this time to Abel Romas in an RTD in May 2021. He will now try to get back on track with a freshly scheduled opponent after spending nearly 18 months away from the ring as he looks for his first victory since February 2019.
On the other side, 33-year-old Lipinets, who last competed in April 2021 and lost by KO to Jaron Ennis, will enter the ring after a lengthy absence. Prior to then, Lipinets’ most recent appearance was a draw for the IBF interim welterweight title in October 2020 against Custico Clayton.
Coincidentally, Lipinets’ last victory also occurred in July 2019 when he defeated Jayar Inson via TKO in the second round. One thing that has probably not diminished despite the extended time off is Lipinet’s punching power. When they meet on the ring in Florida, Figueroa Jr. will no doubt be aware that 12 of his opponent’s 16 professional victories have ended in KO/TKO.
Omar Figueroa Jr. vs Sergey Lipinets Fight Information
- Date: 08/20/2022
- Time: 10:00 PM ET
- Location: Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, FL
- How to Watch Figueroa Jr. vs Lipinets: ESPN
- Live Stream: sho.com
Figueroa Jr. vs Lipinets Betting Lines
Lipinets is –350 according to our Vegas Boxing Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $28.57. On the other side, Figueroa is +250 according to the Vegas Boxing Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $250.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Lipinets at a 77.78% chance of winning the game, meanwhile, Figueroa has 28.57% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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