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August 04, 2018

TONIGHT: ERICK BONE HAS BIG OPPORTUNITY VS. EX-CHAMP

Press Release:  Tonight in Uniondale, New York, streaking welterweight Erick Bone will look to register the biggest win of his career when he takes on former IBF 140-pound title holder Sergey Lipinets. The ten-round bout will be part of a nationally televised card that will be presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Fox and Fox Deportes at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT. Bone (20-5, 8 KOs) of Ecuador has won four straight, which Bone and his team believe should be six straight, due disputed losses to former lightweight title holder Miguel Vazquez and then-undefeated Eddie Ramirez.  Lipinets (13-1, 10 KOs) last fought when he lost his title to Mikey Garcia in March.

"I am motivated and ready to get back on the big stage," said Bone.  "Lipinets is a strong fighter.  He is good with both hands,  He is good all around."

"I know Lipinets is going to bring his best, and he will be well prepared, but Erick Bone will be well prepared as well.  It is just a matter of who wants it more, and what will happen in the ring."

Bone believes that he is catching Lipinets at the right time, as the former champion is coming off his first loss. "I saw a few things in the Mikey Garcia fight that I can exploit, but I am not going on that fight alone.  I won't do exactly what Garcia did, but yes there are a few things that I learned by watching that fight that will help me on Saturday."

Bone is coming into the ring believing that he has fought well enough to have won the previous six fights, so he feels that his confidence level is at an all-time hight.

"I feel very confident.  I have fought good opposition, and no matter what the judges have said, I feel I haven't lost any of my last six fights, and Saturday'win will be my biggest.  I am just ready for a great performance on Saturday. 

"Erick is very confident going into this fight, and we feel we are catching Lipinets at the right time as he is coming off his 1st loss to Mikey Garcia.  I expect him to have a great performance on Saturday night.  He has won four straight, but when you see the fights with Vazquez and Ramirez, Erick won those bouts," said Bone's manager, Ely McKay.  "In fact the last fight we had in Vegas, a judge came up to me and told me that the fight with Ramirez is one of the fights the commission uses to school their judges.  The Vazquez fight was so bad that one of the judges gave Vazquez 9 of 10 rounds, when at worst it was a close fight."  



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