Former two-weight division champion Lamont Peterson battles former IBF junior welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets in a 147 pound clash on March 24, 2019 at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Lamont Peterson vs Sergey Lipinets
Lamont Peterson stand 5-9 and has a reach of 72 inches while fighting as an orthodox fighter. He’s a good athlete who loves to trade punches on the inside. Peterson has great hand speed and excellent footwork. When he gets into a groove, he puts together fantastic combinations. Although he’s up there in age, he’s got the advantage in ring experience.
Peterson hasn’t fought since January 20 of last year when Errol Spence stopped him in 7 rounds during their IBF welterweight title fight. The former unified 140-pound king recently turned 35 and is just 2-2 in his last four bouts. His other loss during that period was a disputed decision defeat against Danny Garcia in 2015.
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Sergey Lipinets is 5-7 with a reach of 67 inches and fights with an orthodox stance. He has a record of 14-1 with 10 knockouts. Lipinets is a heavy-handed puncher who bullies his opponents inside the ring with his power but it will be interesting to see how he does that against a naturally bigger opponent who is also more experienced inside the ring than than him.
Two fights ago, Lipinets suffered the first loss of his career to Mikey Garcia in a bout where he lost his IBF 140 pound title. He bounced back with a lackluster majority decision win over Erick Bone last August in his welterweight debut and it will be interesting to see how he
Lipinets has built his career with a reputation of sowing fear in his opponents and roughhousing them inside the ring. With his physical strength, Lipinets has been ablo force 10 knockouts in 14 wins. But remember that when he faced a smart and technically sound fighter in Mikey Garcia, he got outclassed through 12 rounds.
Lamont Peterson is no Mikey Garcia but when you look at it, he’s also a technically gifted fighter who also fights with a high boxing IQ. Against Mikey Garcia, Lipinets looked like he was rushing to get to the top. Two fights later, he’s back against a former world champion in Lamont Peterson and Lipinets is moving up to 147 to fight him.
The thing with Peterson though is that he’s 35 and once you get up there in age, you’ll never know what you’re exactly going to get inside the ring. Peterson was stopped by Errol Spence in his last fight and he’s 4-3 since May 2013. Peterson has also fought just once in 2018 and once in 2017. That could be a factor was well.
All things considered, I think Peterson has the advantage here not to mention he is fighting near his hometown. He’s naturally bigger and I don’t know if Lipinets can carry the power to 147 pounds. If Lipinets can’t hurt Peterson then it’s over. Peterson easily outboxes Lipinets and wins by decision. If Lipinets can touch Peterson and hurt him, it’s another story. More likely though, Peterson is going to be smart enough to avoid getting tagged and he’s going to use his size and length to eke out a close decision win.
I’m picking Lamont Peterson to beat Sergey Lipinets via decision.
Anthony Peterson vs Argenis Mendez
Anthony Peterson is the younger brother of Lamont Peterson. The 33-year old Anthony is 5-8 and has a reach of 74 inches while fighting as an orthodox fighter. The younger Peterson has a record of 37-1-0-1 with 24 knockouts. He also fought on the same January 20, 2018 card as Lamont and won by decision over Luis Florez but that verdict was later overturned to a no-contest.
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Argenis Mendez is a former IBF super featherweight champion who is originally from the Dominican Republic but now resides in Brooklyn, New York. After losing three of five bouts from 2104-2016, he’s won two in a row over Ivan Redkach and Eddie Ramirez. Mendez has a record of 25-5-1-1 with 12 knockouts. The 32-year old Mendez is 5-9 with a reach of 72 inches.
Mendez works well behind the jab and he is a good boxer too. But while Anthony isn’t Lamont, he’s an equally good boxer. Against Mendez, Anthony Peterson is the more polished boxer in all areas. Mendez is a solid fighter and former world champion but he’s been hit and miss lately. Anthony Peterson hasn’t been as active but he looks in shape and ready to pick up another win. It helps that this event will be fought near the Petersons’ hometown. The cheering crowd should give them that added boost.
I’m picking Anthony Peterson to win by decision.
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