The highly anticipated showdown between undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia and IBF 140-pound champion Sergey Lipinets has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 10.
The Premier Boxing Champions event was set to take place on February 10, but Garcia's quest for a fourth world title had to be rescheduled following a training injury to Lipinets' hand. The fight will be live on Showtime and will remain in San Antonio but move to the Freeman Coliseum.
The remainder of the card will see two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy taking on Kiryl Relikh in a rematch of their thrilling fight last May, this time for the vacant WBA 140-pound world title. The doubleheader of title bouts in the wide-open 140-pound division sets the stage for a potential unification match.
The 29-year-old Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs), emphatically returned to pound-for-pound lists in 2017 by scoring a highlight reel knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin to win the WBC Lightweight Championship in January and then dominating four-division champion Adrien Broner on his way to a unanimous decision in July.
Garcia is a member of a renowned boxing family, and is noted for his sportsmanship and his commanding presence in the ring, honed by his brother and acclaimed trainer Robert Garcia.
Garcia, of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, Calif., returned to the ring after a two-and-half-year layoff in July 2016 without missing a beat by stopping former champion Elio Rojas. Garcia, who has held world titles at 126, 130 and 135 pounds, has stopped 19 of his last 22 opponents including Roman "Rocky" Martinez, Juan Manuel Lopez and Orlando Salido.
With a win, Garcia would become only the second fighter in modern history to become a world champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds, joining future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez.
The unbeaten Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) captured a super lightweight world title in just his 13th pro fight by defeating Akihiro Kondo via a unanimous decision on November 4. He is originally from Kazakhstan but moved to Russia when he was six years old. Lipinets currently lives in Beverly Hills, California and is trained by Buddy McGirt.
The 28-year-old moved up the 140-pound rankings with victories over then unbeaten Haskell Rhodes, Levan Ghvamichava and Walter Castillo before knocking out Leonardo Zappavigna in a world title eliminator last December. Lipinets will look to stamp his place as an elite fighter when he takes on the accomplished and dangerous Garcia on March 10.
Tickets are priced at $250, $150, $75, $50 and $20 and are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 210 556-6390. The event is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, in association with Leija-Battah Promotions.