Former IBF junior welterweight world champion Sergey Lipinets 14-1 (10) is looking forward to making a statement when he clashes with former two-weight world champion Lamont Peterson 35-4-1 (17) in a welterweight contest at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on Sunday broadcast on FS1 and Fox Deportes.
“My plan is to do whatever it takes to win the fight,” said the 29-year-old Russian by way of Kazakhstan. “If he wants to box, fine, we will box. If he wants to get in the trenches and fight, that is even better. That is the reason we have training camp, to be ready for anything.”
Lipinets lost his 140-pound world title to Mikey Garcia a year ago but says that he has learnt a lot from the loss.
“I learned a lot from that fight. I wasn’t as ready as I thought I was for that fight which is cool. I definitely got something to build on,” he said.
Since his lone career loss Lipinets has hooked up with veteran trainer Joe Goossen.
“I am working with Joe Goossen now. I have full confidence in him. I began training with him after my debut welterweight fight versus Eric Bone. This is my first full camp with him. I had five different sparring partners and that’s all I needed to get ready,” Lipinets said.
Once aspect of this camp Lipinets has been working on is his defence – an aspect of his game many felt was lacking in his fight against the sharpshooting Garcia.
“We did. Closed a couple of holes in my defense and worked on keeping my hands up. It still might look easy to hit me but it could be a trap to catch my opponent coming in,” he said.
“At the end of the day we are in the business of the paid ranks where you are going to get hit at some point.”