Sergey Lipinets vs Walter Castillo, Tugstsogt Nyambayar vs Vazquez, Ortiz vs Perez
BY KID HERSH
PBC on ESPN the night before the big fight from Tunica Mississippi. First up was Tugstsogt Nyambayar (5-0, 5KO's) vs Rafael Vazquez (16-2, 13KO's). The fight did not last long at all as Nyambayar dropped Vasquez with the first right hand that he threw. Vasquez rose but was dropped two more times by right hands before the fight was stopped.
Next up was Adan Ortiz (9-1, 8KO's) vs David Perez (6-0, 3KO's). Th first round was a wild one as the two youngsters started out fighting as they were taught in the gym but quickly devolved into wild pub brawling. They were swinging away for the fences as Ortiz got caught with a left hand that put him to the canvas two minutes into the round. Ortiz got up and was fighting back viciously as both men were wildly swinging away. Perez nearly had his man out of there but he was just a bit too wild to get it done in the final minute. Ortiz came out refreshed in the second round as Perez had emptied his gas tank looking to take his man out but was not throwing the straight shots he needed to in order to get the job done. Then in the third round you could see that Ortiz was adjusting his game plan and having success now as he moved around the ring to make Perez reset. He also was throwing his shots, getting punches off first, and then moving on Perez to outbox him. The fight would develop into this rhythm of Ortiz boxing and moving while Perez was having occasional success over the remainder of rounds through six by being the aggressor and pushing Ortiz around the ring. The cards came in a UD for Perez.
Main event time featuring Sergey Lipinets (9-0 7KO's) vs Walter Castillo (26-3-1, 19KO's). There wasn't a whole lot going on in the first round as both men were feeling each other out. There was not much action in the second round until near the send of the second you could tell that Lipinets was starting to get the upper hand by being more aggressive and pressing Castillo backwards. Castillo must have sensed that control grab because he came out fast in the third round and was attacking Lipinets very aggressively. Lipinets responded in kind, but in controlled attacks as he burst in with powerful shots and then would move back out of range. He was like a swarmer, almost akin to a Pacquiao type of style. He landed the best punch of the fight; a right hand, with thirty seconds left in the third. For the fourth round Castillo once again came out with bad intentions as he moved Lipinets backwards and threw combinations. He would settle down though, just like the previous round, and then it was Lipinets turn to take over gradually and end the round aggressively. He is a very controlled fighter for having 500 kickboxing amateur fights. Lipinets did suffer a very bad cut above his left eye - something new for him to overcome - due to a simple jab that hit just right but it was ruled from a clash of heads. The cut was pouring blood in the fifth round and Castillo had himself a good round as he consistently aimed for the left eye. Lipinets would take back over in the sixth round however with a brutal body attack and more right hands that he couldn't seem to time out due to Lipinets excellent quick footwork. It all mounted up in the seventh round when two minutes into the round he hurt Castillo with another right hand that backed him up into the ropes. Castillo was fading at this point and Lipinets smelled blood, backing him up into the ropes and going to work until finally the referee stepped in and called a halt to the fight. Great win for Lipinets and it showed that he can overcome some adversity as he had a real bad cut to deal with as blood poured down his face for a couple of rounds.