Sergey Lipinets Wins by TKO, Mendez Draws, Peterson Brothers Don’t Win in Maryland
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Washington, D.C.(March, 25th, 2019)– Fighting in the shadow of their backyard, Washington, D.C., neither (35-4-1) Lamont Peterson nor his brother (37-1) Anthony Peterson could not win their critical bouts at the MGM National Harbor in Oxen Hill, Maryland, on Saturday evening, March 24, 2019, televised on USA Fox Sports 1 as part of the Premiere Boxing Champions series.
Welterweight Lamont Peterson, plagued by inactivity, fought an average of only once a year for the past six years, going only 3-3 in those six bouts. A former WBA, WBO and IBF World Super Lightweight champion, Peterson met his end in the main event, being dropped to the canvas and forcing his corner to throw in the towel at 2:59 of round 10 after being staggered around the ring from power shots to the head and dropped. Lipinets hit Peterson so hard with the final blow, Lipinets himself traveled to the canvas from the force of the blow he threw.
Lamont had five good rounds outworking Lipinets solidly. The weird fifth round ended one minute early due to a new time clock which malfunctioned, forcing the combatants to return to fight for another minute. Lamont landed good body shots to this point, and led on the punch count. From round six on, Lamont slowly but surely faded as Lipinets landed power shots which broke him down in the later rounds.
By round eight, it was strictly a survival game for Lamont, who was taking a brutal beating from Lipnets, and running out of places to hide. In round nine, Lipinets continually caught the fading Lamont with lefts and rights to the head, leaving Lamont with on the defensive, with virtually little or no avenue of escape. Peterson desperately tried to get back into the bout and vigorously tried to outwork Lipinets as the tenth round started, However, pinpoint Lipinets power shots in monstrous reply battered the old Lamont Peterson tree bark, and eventually brought the old Lamont oak tree down for good and ended his career. Even if Peterson did win the first five rounds (which was possible), he would have incurred a 10-8 round in the tenth, and would have trailed by one point on the scorecards, meaning Lamont would have had to win rounds 11 and 12 to win the bout by one point if the bout had continued. Peterson did get up in the tenth as the towel was thrown, thus it was a TKO.
Peterson was not going to go somehow miraculously the distance in this affair, as his game plan was theoretically planned, and steal the decision from Lipinets. That was not going to happen because trainer Joe Goossen had given Lipinets the extra edge, going the extra mile with his student in meticulous training with advanced stamina work, conditioning, sparring and advanced preparations. Peterson had not won a bout in over two years, whereas Lipinets won a 10 round decision last August over Erick Bone. Lipinets, now 15-1 with 11 knockouts, Beverly Hills, California by way of Kazakhstan, is a former MMA world martial arts champion and former IBF World Super Lightweight champion.
Lipinets landed 264 of 986 punches thrown, while Lamont Peterson landed 303 punches of 972 thrown. Sergey landed of 189 of 593 power punches thrown, Lamont landed 188 of 502 power punches thrown. The statistics, however, do not reveal the whole story.
Lamont landed more, Lipinets threw more, but it was his heavier more powerful hands which landed consistently, which eventually broke Peterson down made the difference in the stretch. Lipinets stated “I feel great about the statement I made to the welterweight division. (Trainer) Joe Goossen gets all the credit.” If a rematch with Mikey Garcia is not on his future horizon, Errol Spence Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman or Shawn Porter might be.
Result: Sergey Lipinets TKO 10 Lamont Peterson, Welterweights (2:59)
Peterson knocked down to canvas and his corner threw the towel in at end of tenth round.
Referee: Harvey Dock
MGM National Harbor Televised Undercard Results
Argenis Mendez Split Draw 10 Anthony Peterson, Super Lightweights
Surprise! 24-5-2 Dominican Mendez came to fight, and fought 37-1 Anthony to a draw!
Scoring: 96-94 Mendez. 96-94 Peterson. 95-95 A Draw. Referee: Dave Braslow
Jamontay Clark Win 10 Vernon Brown, Super Welterweights
What’s up? 5’7” Brown decked 6’2” Clark in the third and had him, then let him get away.
Scoring: 96-93, 96-93, 95-94 Clark. Referee: Kenny Chevalier
MGM National Harbor Untelevised Undercard Results (Partial Results)
Cobia Breedy Win Technical Decision 6 Fernando Fuentes, Super Featherweights
13-0 Maryland and Barbados fighter Cobia Breedy wins, after 14-8-1 California fighter Fernando Fuentes was unable to continue after a cut caused by an accidental head butt.
Aaron Coley Win Split Decision 8 Brandon Quarles, Middleweights
California southpaw Coley used height and reach advantage to land the left off the jab.
Coley did enough to clearly win the bout. Scoring: 79-73, 78-74 Coley. 77-75 Quarles.
Kareem Martin Win Split Decision 7 Joaquin Fuentes, Welterweights
12-2-1 D.C. fighter Martin gets by 9-18-3 Fuentes, who proved records mean nothing.
Lorenzo Simpson Win 4 Jaime Meza (Pro Debut), Super Welterweights
3-0 Baltimore prospect Simpson wins after dropping Nicaraguan Meza in first round.
Adrian Benton (Pro Debut) Win 4 Archie Weah, Super Lightweights
Cincinnati, Ohio 2018 National Golden Gloves champion Benton, age 19, wins pro debuts over 2013 Georgia journeyman Archie Weah. Scoring: 40-36, 40-36, 40-36 for Benton.
Arturo Izquierdo Win Split Decision 6, Middleweights
5-1 Costa Rican southpaw Izquierdo scores a split decision upset, dropping 3-0 Maryland prospect Duncan in the second round. Scoring: 57-56, 57-56 Izquierdo. 57-56 Duncan.
FORMER CHAMPION SERGEY LIPINETS STOPS TWO-TIME CHAMPION LAMONT PETERSON IN THRILLING MAIN EVENT OF PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON FS1 SUNDAY NIGHT FROM MGM NATIONAL HARBOR IN MARYLAND
Once-Beaten Contender Anthony Peterson & Former Champion Argenis Mendez Fight to Split Draw in Super Lightweight Showdown
Super Welterweight Contender Jamontay Clark Recovers from Knockdown To Earn Unanimous Decision Over Previously Unbeaten Vernon Brown
Aaron Coley, Lorenzo Simpson and Cobia Breedy Take Home Wins
In PBC Prelims on FS1
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NATIONAL HARBOR (March 25, 2019) – Former world champion Sergey Lipinets (15-1, 11 KOs) stopped former two-division champion Lamont Peterson (35-5-1, 17 KOs)in round 10 Sunday night in an action-packed welterweight showdown that headlined Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes from MGM National Harbor in Maryland.
“I feel great about the statement I made to the welterweight division,” said Lipinets. “I just fought an excellent fighter. This let me know where I’m at in the 147-pound weight class. I went into deep waters and showed that I belong.”
The fight featured near non-stop action and a thrilling finish, already earning Fight of the Year buzz after its’ conclusion. Peterson only occasionally retreated in defense for a moment or two while Lipinets was determined to close off the distance, making sure he didn’t let Peterson use his reach advantage, while using his own varied attack on the inside to occasional success.
“You can see that I have no problem with the size,” said Lipinets. “Peterson is an excellent fighter with unbelievable skills and he’s showed me what I can really do.”
Peterson was dedicated to attacking the body, punctuating numerous combinations with vicious left hooks to the midsection. He was the busier fighter but was still taking shots from Lipinets’ combination of hooks, uppercuts and body shots. Eventually one of those shots appeared to change the tide of the fight, when a straight right from Lipinets connected and clearly hurt Peterson.
The counter put Peterson on his back foot and in survival mode for the final minute of the eighth round until hearing the bell. With the momentum sharply turning toward Lipinets through round nine and midway through round 10, Lipinets finally landed a sweeping left hook during an exchange that hurt Peterson and signaled that the end was near.
“It was back and forth and we were hitting each other with some good shots,” said Peterson. “It kind of just came out of nowhere at the end.”
Lipinets followed up and put Peterson on the canvas as the towel came in from Peterson’s corner, stopping the fight at 2:59 of round 10.
The exciting action fight featured both fighters throwing a career high number of punches, according to CompuBox. Both fighters landed a nearly identical number of power punches (189-188 for Peterson), with Lipinets landing 23 in each of the final two rounds.
“You’ve seen what I did at 140-pounds and now what I can do here,” said Lipinets. “I made a big jump in competition from my last fight to this one. My new trainer Joe Goossen gets all the credit. We’ve had an excellent camp with perfect sparring that taught me a lot and got me ready for tonight.”
“There were no easy days in our gym for training camp,” said Goossen. “I feel like we clicked together and he got the best out of me because he was so agreeable to my methods and the way I pushed him.
“I thought Sergey’s defense was very good tonight. His jab worked good and he put real pressure on. The left uppercut was a good shot for him and he used a variety of punches in this fight to get it done.”
After the fight. Peterson, along with lifelong trainer and fellow Washington, D.C.-native Barry Hunter, announced his retirement from boxing in front of his hometown fans after a career that saw him win titles at 140 and 147-pounds.
“It’s been a long career but today is the day,” said Peterson. “I’m thankful for the support. I love everyone here and I’m always going to support this area, but I’m sure it’s time for me to hang it up. I couldn’t go out in a better way here at home. This will be the last time you see me in the ring.”
The night also featured Anthony Peterson (37-1-1, 24 KOs), Lamont’s brother, as he fought to a split-draw against former champion Argenis Mendez (25-5-2, 12 KOs) in a back-and-forth super lightweight showdown.
Peterson established his movement early on as he looked to pick his spots to attack Mendez with combinations to the head and body. Peterson flashed good speed and was the busier fighter especially early, often putting Mendez on the defensive during flurries in the first half of the fight.
“I could have thrown more punches in the first half of the fight,” said Mendez. “I think that was the difference, but I don’t think you can win the fight on the run.I knew that I was on his home turf and it was in my mind to do a little bit extra. Peterson is a great fighter and he’s good for the sport so I knew that I had to push the fight.”
Mendez began the fight looking to counter, but picked up his offense working off of a jab that swelled up Peterson’s left eye in the late rounds of the fight. Mendez was able to land with left hooks and uppercuts to open up his offense as the fight went on.
“Last night was actually the first night I really studied Mendez’s fights and I knew he was good and slick,” said Peterson. “There were times I didn’t engage cause of his countering. I took my time and used my jab and moved.”
While Peterson held a robust 137 to 83 advantage in punches landed, it was only a six punch difference in power punches landed. After 10 rounds all three judges saw the fight differently, with one score of 96-94 for each fighter and the third judge scoring it 95-95 resulting in the split draw.
“I didn’t think it was a draw,” said Mendez. “I know every round was close, but I think I won the fight. I don’t want to say it was easy but I think I won comfortably. He was running the whole fight and I was trying to throw counterpunches and catch him.”
“I can’t be that disappointed because I didn’t lose, but I was just happy to fight in front of my fans,” said Peterson. “I’ve been out of the ring for a long time and I think did okay, but if the judges saw a draw they saw a draw. I’m not mad about it.”
Additional action featured super welterweight contender Jamontay Clark (14-1, 7 KOs) surviving an early knockdown to earn a narrow unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Vernon Brown (10-1-1, 7 KOs) after 10 rounds of action.
Brown scored the first big blow of the bout, landing a perfect counter right hook on the inside that sent Clark crashing into the ropes. Referee Kenny Chevalier ruled it a knockdown, determining that Clark had used the ropes to avoid hitting the canvas.
“He had the reach and I was trying to catch him. I was throwing my hook but I was a little off. I still think I won the fight. I caught him with the better shots. He was just slapping me with the hook and trying to catch up that way.
Clark was able to survive the onslaught and finish the round and appeared to recover until behing hurt again late in round four. From there, Clark began to increase his punch output, out working Brown on his way to a 162 to 97 advantage in total punches landed.
“I boxed a little bit better the last few rounds and used my height,” said Clark. “I made him miss and made him over reach. That was the game plan.”
Brown tried to do more work on the inside with big power punches that would hurt Clark and potentially end the fight. According to CompuBox, only 49 seconds on average per round were fought on the inside, allowing Clark to gain an advantage in the second half of the fight.
After 10 rounds the judges saw the fight close, but all three ruled in favor of Clark with totals of 96-93 twice and 95-94.
“I’ve been down before and I’ve seen the worst of the worst,” said Clark. “This was nothing. I just kept grinding. I got the win and now I’m going to sit down and see what’s next for me.”
“If they want to do it again, let’s do it again,” said Brown. “Let’s make it a 12 rounder. I don’t think he can survive 12 rounds with me. My coach knew that I needed the knockout but it’s still on to the next. I’m just going to go into the gym and work even harder.”
Prior to the main telecast, PBC Prelims on FS1 saw Aaron Coley (16-2-1, 7 KOs) win a split-decision over Brandon Quarles (21-5-1, 10 KOs) by scores of 77-75 for Quarles and 79-73 and 78-74 for Coley after eight-rounds of super welterweight action. Plus, undefeated prospect Lorenzo Simpson (3-0, 2 KOs)scored a unanimous decision by scores of 40-36 and 40-35 twice in his middleweight bout against Jaime Meza (0-1) and featherweight Cobia Breedy (13-0, 4 KOs) remained unbeaten with a technical decision over Fernando Fuentes (14-8-1, 4 KOs) by scores of 59-55 and 58-56 twice after the fight was stopped in round six because of a cut suffered by Flores from an accidental head butt.