Sergey Lipinets
Sergey Lipinets

Sergey Lipinets

“Samurai”

RECORD

16 - 1 - 0

KOs

12

Weight 140 lbs (63.64 kg)

Age 31

Home Woodland Hills, California, USA 

Complete Stats

A former world champ in kickboxing, Kazakhstan-born powder keg Sergey Lipinets is blasting through the opposition in the 140-pound division and is now on a verge of another world title at welterweight. Read Bio

Next Fight / Oct 10, 2020


Sergey Lipinets vs Kudratillo Abdukakhorov


Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut

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Jul 21, 2019 / Pacquiao vs Thurman, Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman, Yordenis Ugas, Omar Figueroa Jr., Sergey Lipinets, Luis Nery, Juan Carlos Payano

Pacquiao Decisions Thurman in a Thriller

Boxing's only eight-division champion is back on top, claiming the WBA Super World Welterweight title in a furious Fight of the Year candidate on PBC on FOX Sports PPV.

Jul 19, 2019 / Sergey Lipinets

Jayar Inson steps in for injured John Molina Jr. to face Sergey Lipinets

Hard-hitting Filipino welterweight to face former World Champ on the blockbuster Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on FOX Sports PPV.

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Jul 19, 2019 / Plant vs Lee, Pacquiao vs Thurman, Caleb Plant, Omar Figueroa Jr., Yordenis Ugas, Sergey Lipinets, John Molina Jr, Luis Nery, Juan Carlos Payano

Your Guide to Plant-Lee and the Pacquiao-Thurman Undercard

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Fights

Sergey Lipinets Fights

Win vs Jayar Inson 18-2-0

Jul 20, 2019 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Jayar Inson by TKO in Round 2 of 10

WIN vs Lamont Peterson 35-5-1

Mar 24, 2019 MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland

Lamont Peterson LOSES to Sergey Lipinets by TKO in Round 10 of 12

Win vs Erick Bone 23-6-0

Aug 04, 2018 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, USA

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Erick Bone by MD in Round 10 of 10

LOSS vs Mikey Garcia 40-1-0

Mar 10, 2018 THE FREEMAN COLISEUM, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

Mikey Garcia WINS against Sergey Lipinets by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Akihiro Kondo 31-8-1

Nov 04, 2017 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Akihiro Kondo by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Clarence Booth 14-2-0

Mar 04, 2017 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Clarence Booth by TKO in Round 7 of 0

Win vs Leonardo Zappavigna 35-2-0

Dec 10, 2016 USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Leonardo Zappavigna by KO in Round 8 of 12

Win vs Walter Castillo 27-5-1

Jul 15, 2016 Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino, Tunica, Mississippi

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Walter Castillo by TKO in Round 7 of 12

Win vs Levan Ghvamichava 18-4-1

Mar 15, 2016 Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino, Nice, California

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Levan Ghvamichava by KO in Round 5 of 10

WIN vs Lydell Rhodes 25-2-1

Oct 30, 2015 The Venue at UCF, Orlando, Florida

Lydell Rhodes LOSES to Sergey Lipinets by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Haskell Rhodes 7-0-0

Oct 30, 2015 The Venue at UCF, Orlando, Florida, USA

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Haskell Rhodes by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Kendal Mena 20-1-0

Jul 08, 2015 BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York, New York, USA

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Kendal Mena by TKO in Round 3 of 8

Win vs Cosme Rivera 37-19-3

Mar 13, 2015 A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, USA

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Cosme Rivera by TKO in Round 9 of 10

Win vs Ernie Sanchez 14-5-1

Nov 28, 2014 Luzhniki, Moscow, Russia

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Ernie Sanchez by KO in Round 8 of 10

Win vs Daniel Lomeli 22-4-0

Sep 27, 2014 Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Daniel Lomeli by TKO in Round 7 of 8

Win vs Rynell Griffin 7-21-2

Jul 18, 2014 Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, USA

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Rynell Griffin by KO in Round 3 of 6

Win vs Dzemil Cosovic 3-1-1

May 30, 2014 Luzhniki, Moscow, Russia

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Dzemil Cosovic by KO in Round 4 of 6

Win vs Franklin Varela 21-14-0

Apr 25, 2014 Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia

Sergey Lipinets WINS against Franklin Varela by UD in Round 6 of 6

Stats

Sergey Lipinets “Samurai”

  • WINS 16
  • LOSSES 1
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 12

Weight 140 lbs (63.64 kg)

Height 5'7" (1.7 m)

Reach 67" (170 cm)

  • Born

    March 22, 1989
  • Age

    31
  • Country

    Russia
  • Born in

    Martuk
  • Trains in

    Woodland Hills, CA
  • Stance

    Orthodox
  • Rounds Boxed

    123
  • KO Percentage

    70.59%
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Bio

Sergey Lipinets Bio

Kazakhstan-born Sergey Lipinets is considered one of the hardest hitters in boxing, but under the tutelage of world class trainer Joe Goossen, Lipinets has transformed to an all-around excellent fighter, a point the former 140-pound world champion hopes to prove as he campaigns at welterweight in search of another belt.

CHANNELING CHILDHOOD AGGRESSION

Sergey Alkseevich Lipinets was born “in a very small town in Martuk, Kazakhstan.”

“Growing up in a large family of cousins and uncles, I was very aggressive and always getting into fights,” said Lipinets. “We fought over food. It went to whoever grabbed it first, so I had to fight for my existence.

“At the age of 12, my mother moved me from out there and into a little town not far from Moscow called Ozery [or Ozyory], Russia.”

Feeling displaced, Lipinets often found trouble in the streets and needed a means of safe release. 

“When I came to Russia, to make sure that I wasn’t getting into trouble in the streets, a local kickboxing coach told me to come to the gym to relieve some of the pressure. That’s how it started. I spent most of my time in the gym.

“In kickboxing, my trainer was emphasizing handwork a lot and made me do a lot of things right. I can fight southpaw [and] I can fight orthodox, because I got used to switching back and forth in kickboxing.”

Nicknamed “The Samurai,” for his martial arts skills, Lipinets medaled in kickboxing competitions at the 2012 World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (W.A.K.O.) European Championships as well as the 2013 World Combat Games. 

Current manager Alex Vaysfeld, who doubles as an interpreter for the fighter, became aware of Lipinets from one of his good friends, who happened to be Lipinets’ kickboxing trainer. 

The trainer thought Lipinets had accomplished all he could in that sport and could become a bigger star in boxing. Lipinets’ amateur boxing career was brief: He posted a record of 35-5 highlighted by earning a silver medal in the 2008 Moscow Championships in Moscow. 

“As a kickboxer, most of my knockouts were a result of using my hands, so the transition to boxing was more about the endurance and it was not that bad. We had two different coaches, one for boxing and one for kickboxing. I was competing in amateur boxing as well to get experience,” said Lipinets, who ate endless elbows and legs, the steady diet of punishment inherent in his past as a professional kickboxer.

“Those shots will either make you fall down or become real, real, real tough. There were some hurdles. I squared up too much and had to learn to create distance with my jab. We were able to eliminate that, and I’m the boxer you see, now. Two guys with different styles that I like are Mike Tyson and James Toney. I’ve met James Toney and I know him and I consider him a Top 10 fighter of all time. I think Roberto Duran would be a great fight, and I think I would win with a body shot.”

Lipinets vs. Zappavinga: December 10, 2016 (Courtesy of SHOWTIME Sports)

AN EXPLOSIVE START

Lipinets won his first five professional bouts -- four by stoppage -- over the course of 2014.

In succession, “The Samurai” captured a shutout six-round unanimous decision over Frank Varela (April) before reeling off consecutive knockouts in the fourth, third, seventh and eighth rounds over Dzemil Cosovic (May), Rynell Griffin (July), Daniel Lomeli (September) and Ernie Sanchez (November).

Varela entered at 21-14 with 10 knockouts, Lomeli was 22-4 with 11 KOs, and Sanchez, 14-5-1 with five stoppages, the latter being stopped for the first time in his career. 

“Sergey specifically asked me not to give him any shortcuts,” said Vaysfeld. “He wanted to fight on a top level, make money and become a champion of the world.”

As the competition improved over the next two years, so did the impressiveness of Lipinets’ victories.

In 2015, Lipinets dispatched former title challenger Cosme Rivera (March) and Kendal Mena (July) by ninth- and third-round TKOs before earning a one-sided unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Lydell Rhodes (October). 

Lipinets was even more dominant in 2016, scoring fifth-, seventh- and eighth-round knockouts over Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava (March), Walter Castillo (July) and former title challenger Leonardo Zappavigna.

WINNING A WORLD TITLE

Lipinets won his next two bouts at Barclays’ Center in Brooklyn, New York, in 2017, earning his fourth straight stoppage by seventh-round TKO of Clarence Booth (March) before earning a near-shutout unanimous decision over and the IBF’s vacant super lightweight crown against Japan’s Akihiro Kondo (November).

With the win over Kondo, Lipinets joined countryman Beibut Shumenov, former 140-pound titleholder Chris Algieri and retired heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko as boxing title winners who transitioned from kickboxing.

“The excitement in that arena was unbelievable. I love the New York and American boxing fans,” said Lipinets. “They were very passionate and reacted to every punch that was thrown or connected. They love boxing.”

After being floored in the seventh round and losing his next bout and his crown to then-unbeaten Mikey Garcia in March 2018, Lipinets rose into the 147-pound division where he overcame journeyman Erick Bone by majority decision in August of that year. 

“My camps for both fights were good, but I was lacking in experience relative to those two fighters,” said Lipinets, who opted to transition from trainer Buddy McGirt to Joe Goossen following the victory over Bone. 

“I never felt right in the ring with those guys, especially with Mikey Garcia. Stylistically, I could never match with Buddy McGirt, who wanted me to be slick and throw five or six punches a round without getting hit. Now, with Joe Goossen, I feel more comfortable.”

Lipinets vs. Peterson: March 24, 2019 (PBC on FS1)

TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN

Lipinets’ next triumph was a 2019 Fight Of The Year candidate as “The Samurai” turned in his finest performance to date, scoring a 10th-round stoppage of brave, hometown favorite and former two-time champion Lamont Peterson in March at the MGM National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Maryland, near Peterson’s native Washington, D.C.

Lipinets followed up in July with a sensational second-round TKO of southpaw Jayar Inson, who entered at 18-1 with 12 knockouts and was stopped for the first time in his career. Inson was a late replacement for right-handed slugger and former title challenger John Molina.  

“The fight with Bone was the turning point, and Lamont Peterson was my first with Goossen. We had a great camp with Joe Goossen, who encourages an aggressive coaching style while also being smart in the ring. There is a great inside game and I picked up on it really fast,” said Lipinets.

“When we got into the ring with Lamont, we came prepared. I learned more about myself in that fight than in all of my previous fights, and it felt natural. That carried over into the next fight with Inson, who was a last-minute replacement for John Molina and a southpaw with a completely different style. We got him out of there faster than anyone expected.”

So what’s next?

“I want Keith Thurman, Terrence Crawford, Shawn Porter and whomever else is out there,” said Lipinets. “I want everyone at the top of the food chain to show that I’m underrated and to show that I truly belong.”