Mikey Garcia successfully came through his attempt to claim his fourth divisional world title.
Garcia once again showed us why he should be closer the top of the pound-for-pound rankings as he claimed Lipinets’ IBF jr-welterweight world title to add to the WBC Lightweight title he already holds.
Garcia outboxed and even dropped Lipinets en route to a unanimous decision verdict on the scorecards.
The judges tallies at the end of the night in San Antonio read scores of 116-111, 117-110 and 117-110.
A comprehensive victory for the undefeated Garcia whose record has now improved to 38-0.
Garcia utlised his superior craft and ring IQ to earn him the victory in a very intriguing and technically challenging bout.
Garcia controlled the early goings of the action but following the game Lipinets upping his efforts mid-fight to try and stage a comeback, Garcia’s corner led by his brother and former world champion, Robert advised Mikey to stay off of the ropes.
This led to an enthralling seventh round where both fighters looked to stand and trade. Both fighters unfurled left hooks at the same time and Garcia’s shot found the mark first and Lipinets suffered a very jarring first knockdown of his career.