The interim IBF welterweight belt will be on the line on Saturday, October 10, when No. 1 contender Kudratillo Abdukakhorov faces off against Sergey Lipinets. Abdukakhorov (17-0 with nine knockouts) has patiently bided his time as Errol Spence is convalescing after a serious car crash, and he will finally earn his first major title shot here. Lipinets (16-1 with 12 knockouts) is no pushover though. This fight will air on Showtime.
When: Saturday, October 10, 2020
Where: Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Why: Interim IBF welterweight title
Sergey Lipinets vs Kudratillo Abdukakhorov Betting Odds
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There won’t be boxing betting odds available for a couple more days, but Abdukakhorov should be favored. The Uzbek could be as high as -400, and that means you would need to wager $400 on him to win $100 if you’re unfamiliar with betting on boxing. That would make Lipinets a +300 underdog or so, so a $100 wager on him could return a $300 profit were he to win.
As the fight nears, there will be decision betting too. You will be able to bet on whether the fight is decided by KO, TKO, or decision, and you can bet on which boxer will win the fight in that fashion as well.
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Abdukakhorov is one of the top young boxers in the sport. He only turned pro at the age of 22 in 2015, but he has made quite a name for himself over the past five years. He won two different regional titles and the WBF International welterweight belt when he was in Asia, and he claimed his fourth minor belt in his 11th fight when he secured a first-round TKO of Charles Manyuchi for the WBC Silver welterweight belt.
Less than four months later, we saw Abdukakhorov retain that title against Dmitri Mikhaylenko. He made short work of a fellow countryman a short time after that before retaining his title once more against Laszlo Toth. That led to Abdukakhorov heading across the pond in 2019, and he established himself on another continent with a unanimous decision win over Keita Obara and a technical decision over Luis Collazo.
Lipinets has been a professional boxer for a year longer than his opponent on Saturday. He was 4-0 before securing a minor title with his knockout of Ernie Sanchez for the WBC International Silver super lightweight belt. That victory was quickly followed by another minor title victory, and that led to a step up in competition.
In July 2015, Lipinets beat 20-1 Kendal Mena and scored a unanimous decision over 23-0-1 Haskell Lydell Rhodes three months later. That was followed with impressive victories over Levan Ghvamichava, Walter Castillo, Leonardo Zappavigna, and Clarence Booth.
That last victory earned him a title shot, and Lipinets made the most of it by beating Akihiro Kondo. He lost the belt to 37-0 Mikey Garcia in his next bout, and he didn’t respond well to the defeat, only scoring a majority decision against Erick Bone. Lipinets has got back on track in his last two fights though, securing TKOs.
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