Mikey Garcia defeats Sergey Lipinets
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After a nearly year-long layoff, Mikey Garcia returned to the boxing ring on Saturday night (March 10) and captured a world title in his fourth weight division.

In front of fans at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, TX, the 30-year-old boxing star took a unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Sergey Lipinets to win the IBF Junior Welterweight title.

With the victory, Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) joins Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as the only fighters in history to win titles at 126, 130, 135 and 140 pounds.

“It’s a great feeling. Winning this fourth title in a fourth division is an honor,” Garcia said after the fight. “To get to be mentioned with Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez is a huge honor for me. It just leaves a little chapter in boxing with my name, my brother, my dad. I think people will remember the Garcia family for ages to come.”

Garcia landed more during the fight, delivering combos to back up Lipinets and floored him for the first time in his career, when he connected on a counter left hook in the seventh round.

Despite his dominating performance, Garcia said he had to be patient. “He came in exactly as I expected – a very tough, very hungry and strong fighter,” he said. “We worked with angles behind the jab. He’s very dangerous, but we had a great game plan and we were able to prevail.”

“I know I carry the power, but I was fighting a bigger man and he could take a punch. I didn’t want to get caught and I had to be patient,” he continued.