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Q&A interview with Sergey Lipinets, faces Lenny Zappa this Saturday

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Unbeaten junior lightweight contender Sergey Lipinets is wrapping up training camp as he prepares for his  title eliminator against Australia’s Lenny Zappavigna this Saturday, December 10 from Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles.

Lipinets and Zappavigna will fight in an eliminator for the 140-pound world title won this past weekend by Julius Indongo via a first round knockout of reigning champion Eduard Troyanovsky. Here is what Lipinets had to say about training camp with Buddy McGirt, his matchup on Saturday and more:

On his upcoming title elimination bout against Lenny Zappavigna…
“Zappavigna is a very well-rounded fighter with a lot of experience and I know he’s coming to rip my head off. There is no doubt about it, this fight is going to be tough. We both have a lot at stake because this is a title elimination bout. This will be war and everyone should be tuning in.”

On his recent training camp…
“It’s been a really productive training camp. My coach, Buddy McGirt has studied a lot of tape on Zappavigna and we have a great game plan intact. We are finalizing our last days of camp and we will be ready to go. I’m well prepared for this fight.”

On his rapid rise toward the top of the junior welterweight division…
“I’ve worked really hard and fought a lot of tough opponents to get in this position. In my first fight as a professional boxer, I fought a guy with over 30 fights, so nothing has come easy for me. I’ve earned my right to be here.”

On the possible opportunities that will come with a victory…
“A victory against Zappavigna will put me in position to fight for a world title. The opportunities are endless from then on. Unification bouts, fighting all the champions, those are the type of fights I’m looking forward too. My desire to be the best is all I think about.”

On fighting December 10th in Los Angeles in front of hometown fans…
“Since I’ve moved to America I’ve made a lot of friends in Los Angeles, especially in the Russian community. Anytime your hometown fans can see you fight on a mass scale is a beautiful thing. I have a lot of friends and fans that will be in attendance. I believe my fighting style is pleasing to the eyes of all fans. I’m always looking to knock out my opponent. I know one thing…the Mexican fans will love watching me go to battle. It’s time to take my career to the next level and it starts on Saturday, December 10 in Los Angeles.”

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