By Sean McDaniel: In a showcase fight between 140lb prospect Sergey Lipinets (10-0, 8 KOs) and Walter Castillo (26-4-1, 19 KOs) last Friday night, Lipinets took care of business in scoring a 7th round TKO victory over a game but limited Castillo at the Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.
Lipinets was hitting Castillo at will in the 7th round when referee Bill Clancy stopped the fight. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:45 of the round. Moments earlier in the 7th, Lipinets had hurt Castillo with a right hand to the head that caused him to move across the ring and cover up with his back against the ropes. Lipinets then moved in and finished him off with a series of hard head and body shots.
The fight was surprisingly competitive. That’s probably not a good thing for the handlers of Lipinets, because they obviously feel he’s capable of bigger things on the world scene. I don’t know that Lipinets has that kind of talent, as he had to struggle to get the better of Castillo, who is little more than a 2nd tier fighter and not a world class guy.
Castillo cut Lipinets over his left eye with a nice jab to the head in the 4th. Castillo was cut in the lip area in the 3rd, and the cut bled much of the fight.
Castillo started off many of his rounds by nailing Lipinets with combinations to the head. He was able to hit Lipinets with a lot of nice shots. However, Castillo didn’t have the punching power to hurt him the way a better fighter would.
The fight showed more of Lipinets limitations as a fighter than it did his positives. He’s just not a big puncher, and that’s going to hurt him eventually when he’s forced to fight guys that can punch. Lipinets is also pretty easy to hit, and he’s going to need to fix that area of his game if he doesn’t want to get punched around by the better fighters.
Other results on the Lipinets-Castillo card:
Undefeated 2012 Olympic silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar (6-0, 6 KOs) defeated Rafael Vazquez (16-3, 13 KOs) by a 1st round TKO. Nyambayar knocked Vazquez down several times in the round with rocket right hands to the head. The fight was stopped after the third knockdown. There’s a lot to like in Nyambayar. This guy looks like he could be a very good featherweight.