Newly crowned IBF light welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) could be facing former 4 division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) in the near future, according to the latest boxing news.
Lipinets’ manager Alex Vaysfeld reportedly wants his first defense to come against the 28-year-old Broner next March.
Lipinets won the vacant IBF light welterweight title last Saturday night in beating #3 IBF Akhiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on the undercard of Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight was televised by Showtime Boxing.
Lipinets won the fight by the scores 118-110, 117-110 and 117-111. Boxing News Results scored it 118-110 for Lipinets. Despite the scorecards being somewhat wide in favor of the 28-year-old Lipinets, it was still a competitive fight, and hardly a one-sided contest.
If Broner loses to Lipinets, then it’s probably an appropriate time for him to think about retiring. If Broner can’t even beat a limited champion like Lipinets, there really isn’t much more he can do in the sport. Broner can fall back on his rapping ability and maybe make a career out of that.
If Broner comes in shape, and isn’t forced to lose a massive amount of weight in training camp, he would have a good chance of beating Lipinets. Unfortunately, it’s been a while since Broner last looked good inside the ring. In Broner’s last 3 fights, he’s looked poor against Mikey Garcia, Adrian Granados and Ashlety Theophane. The last time Broner impressed was in his win over John Molina Jr. 2 years ago in March 2015. Broner fought well in that fight in winning a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision.
Broner has lost 3 times in the last 4 years in defeats against Marcos Maidana, Garcia and Shawn Porter. Broner’s fight with Granados earlier this year on February 18 was also a fight that he probably should have lost. Granados fought well in outworking Broner for 10 rounds. The fight took place in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, and it was thought by some boxing fans that he was given a gift decision.
Broner isn’t rated in the IBF’s top 15 now, however, but he is ranked #8 by the World Boxing Council. Broner lost his last fight to lightweight Mikey Garcia by a 12 round unanimous decision on July 29 at the Barclays Center. Showtime Boxing televised the fight. Broner had to take off a lot of weight to get down to the 140-pound weight-in limit for the fight, and he looked weak in comparison to Garcia. The one thing that Broner did show was excellent stamina with him being able to fight hard for the full 12 rounds to make somewhat close at the end. Garcia won the fight by the scores 116-112, 117-111 and 116-112.