Lipinets stops Inson in second round
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Sergey Lipinets wasted no time against his late notice opponent.
Former junior welterweight titleholder and current welterweight contender Sergey Lipinets was supposed to face veteran John Molina Jr tonight, but when Molina pulled out with a back injury on Friday, southpaw Jayar Inson stepped in.
No worries for Lipinets, who dropped and stopped Inson less than a minute into the second round, improving to 16-1 (12 KO) with the quick victory.
Inson (18-3, 12 KO) was supposed to be on the off-TV undercard, but got bumped up to the PPV show with a big opportunity, which to his credit he and his team accepted. But he was always the big underdog here, as he was coming off of a loss to Jonathan Steele in January.
Other than perhaps how quickly it was over, the fight went about as you’d expect. Lipinets is a good fighter, seems to have settled in at 147 now, and just on a whole other level compared to Inson. But Inson gave it a shot, got caught wide open throwing a left hook, and did get up.
Inson wanted to continue, but referee Jay Nady took a look and called it off.
Lipinets has no clear next fight, but with the top PBC welterweights in a big fight cycle with Pacquiao-Thurman tonight and Spence-Porter coming in September, he could find himself in with one of the big boys perhaps early next year, either one coming off of a loss, or one looking for what they’ll hope to be a “softer touch” world title defense.