In a clash at the crossroads of all action, former world champions Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr and Siarhei Lipinets will fight in a 12-round WBC Super Lightweight Eliminator live on SHOWTIME this Saturday, August 20 at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida for Premier Boxing Champions.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also feature the top 140-pounders Alberto Puella and Batyr Akhmedov fight for the vacant WBA world super lightweight title in a joint event and the WBA world super lightweight title Roger Gutierrez defending his title against the undefeated Hector Garcia.
In the opening telecast, Brandon Leeone of the sport’s most exciting prospects and best hitters, will take over Will Madero in a 10-round super featherweight bout that opens a packed four-fight telecast that begins live at 8:00 PM ET/5 PM PT.
In addition, SHOWTIME SPORTS will offer live coverage of the undefeated Cuban heavyweight Lenier Perot fighting Joel Caudle in an eight-round fight and is undefeated at middleweight Fyodor Cherkashin taking on Gilbert Venegas Jr in an eight-round bout on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page prior to the televised four-round bout. The broadcast will begin at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT and will be hosted by SHOBOX® analyst and MORNING KOMBAT host Brian Campbell, along with former Unified World Welterweight Champion Keith “The One Time” Thurman, who join as a guest analyst.
Four-division world champion Adrien Broner has pulled out of a previously scheduled bout against Figueroa, citing personal issues ahead of the fight.
“Man, I’m coming [through] a lot at this point in my life, but I’m not going to give up. I’ve set some more goals and I’m finishing what I started, but I’m sorry, but I won’t be fighting on August 20,” Broner said in a post on Instagram. “I’m sorry to all my fans, but mental health is real and I’m not going to play in the ring… So I have to step back and get over this hurdle before I put my life on the line inside the squared circle again. I know I’m far from done with sports. SEE YOU ALL SOON.”
The 32-year-old Figueroa (28-2-1, 19 KOs) comes from a fighting family, along with his younger brother Brandon, a former world featherweight champion. Figueroa won the WBC lightweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Nikita Arakawa in the 2013 Fight of the Year and successfully defended the title twice before moving up to super lightweight in 2015. Figueroa also fought at middleweight, earning action-packed victories over Robert Guerrero, John Molina Jr. and Antonio DeMarco. He will return to super featherweight on August 20th after losses against Yordenis Ugas and Abel Ramos. His match against Lipinc is a classic crossover fight.
“It’s going to be a great fight against Lipinz and I hope he’s ready for what I bring,” Figueroa said. “I have made changes in my life and I am very happy to see that I am a fighter now. I’m going to show what I can do now that I have a clear head and a clear path ahead. With the change of opponent, I am even more ready to take all the frustrations and anger that have accumulated in the camp and take them to the ring on Saturday and come out victorious.”
Lipinets (16-2-1, 12 KOs) was in training and was already scheduled to appear on the Aug. 20 card before being stepped up as Broner’s replacement in the main event. Lipinets, who was born in Martuk, Kazakhstan and now lives in Woodland Hills, California, is no stranger to the main stage, having dealt with champions such as Lamont Peterson and Mikey Garcia. The 33-year-old defeated Ahir Kondo for the IBF super-bantamweight title in 2017 and lost the title to Garcia via unanimous decision in 2018. In April 2021, he lost to Jaron Ennis in the middleweight division.
“In fact, we were in the camp for almost three months and were preparing for the one who will be put before me,” said Lipinets. “We trained without a particular opponent. There were a few different guys who said they wanted to fight me. So we sparred and trained for all types of styles. And now we have the great news that I will be fighting Figueroa this Saturday. I can’t wait to show everyone that I’m still a force to be reckoned with at 140 pounds.”
Tickets for the live event are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.
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