Former world 140lbs champion Sergey Lipinets will now face unbeaten Canadian Custio Clayton for the IBF interim welterweight title at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, on October 24. 

Clayton (18-0, 12 KOs) replaces Kudratillo Abdukakhorov who was forced to withdraw due to visa issues. The Canadian holds 2019 triumphs over former world champions DeMarcus Corley and Johan Perez.

“I’m very happy to have this opportunity,” said Clayton, 33. “This is exactly the type of fight me and my team have been asking for. My preparation has been very good. This might seem like it’s last-minute, but I am more than ready for whatever Lipinets brings on October 24.”

Lipinets (16-1, 12 KOs) has won three straight since moving up to welterweight after losing his IBF 140lbs crown to four-division champion Mikey Garcia in March 2018 – including a thrilling 10th round stoppage of Lamont Peterson last March.

“Custio Clayton is an outstanding replacement opponent given the late change and should provide a stiff test against Sergey Lipinets on October 24,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions.

“Clayton was already deep into training and will bring a wealth of experience, from his amateur days through his impressive pro career, into this showdown with Lipinets. This is a great opportunity for Clayton to announce himself as a welterweight contender against one of the division’s most dangerous fighters.”

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions.