Even with a change in date and then opponent, former world champion Sergey Lipinets remains supremely confident in his training camp and overall preparations as he prepares to take on unbeaten Custio Clayton for the Interim IBF Welterweight Title live on SHOWTIME this Saturday, October 24 (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event.
“We never missed a beat in preparation, even with the opponent change,” said Lipinets. “My fight with Kudratillo Abdukakhorov was on and off for so long that I already had an idea that he was going to be forced to back out, so I wasn’t shocked. I don’t really care, though. Whoever I have to fight I’m ready to fight, so I didn’t consider backing out of fighting for even one second.”
Lipinets credits his trainer, the renowned Joe Goossen, for helping his fighter mentally through the changes, in addition to the physical training they have undertook heading into the fight.
“Having Joe Goossen is like having a psychiatrist as well as a trainer,” said Lipinets. “He’s been extremely helpful about how to approach all of this. Joe helped me stay calm and understand that something good can always come from a bad or difficult situation, and because of that, I never lost focus.”
Clayton is a Canadian Olympian with an unblemished pro resume heading into this showdown. While Lipinets notes that there are differences in the fighting styles between Abdukakhorov and Clayton, none of it changes his intent on October 24.
“I know that Clayton has a great amateur background,” said Lipinets. “I’ve checked out his style, and the main difference is that Abdukakhorov is more active and Clayton is more accurate. Abdukakhorov is also a little more aggressive and Clayton is more patient.
“I don’t think one is tougher or easier than the other. I think that anyone fighting at this level is a difficult opponent. Abdukakhorov moves around more and can be more awkward with the different styles he uses. Both are very tough guys, but I’m ready for Clayton and focused only on him at this point.”
Despite his sole focus on Clayton, Lipinets knows that this fight brings a big opportunity to make a loud proclamation to the rest of the stacked welterweight division with a big performance to capture the interim IBF title.
“I’m prepared to make one statement – I belong here,” said Lipinets. “I want to fight the best. I want to make my imprint on this sport and build my legacy. I’ve had to do it the hard way, but I’m not complaining. I fought for my first championship in just my 13th pro fight. I believe that I belong right there at the top of this sport. People need to start mentioning my name with the top guys and after this fight they’ll have to. You can’t look past me anymore.”
Custio Clayton: Canada’s ‘War Machine’ Battle Ready for Lipinets Clash
Canada’s Custio Clayton, the 18-0 Welterweight standout, is set to clash with Russian Sergey Lipinets (16-1-0) for the Interim IBF title at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday, October 24th live on SHOWTIME.
Custio Clayton is no stranger to the big stage. Dubbed ‘War Machine’ due to his versatile, ‘take all comers’ style, the 2012 Olympic Games quarter-finalist – the pride of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – is training for his just-announced bout with Lipinets with a fury worthy of his namesake.
Celebrated Coach Eric Belanger, having guided Clayton through the entirety of his unblemished pro campaign, has witnessed firsthand the preparation necessary to capture the coveted Interim IBF title.
“He’s a Coach’s dream. Custio is professional, coachable, regimented… and he genuinely loves the process. To see his transformation from amateur to pro has been phenomenal.”
Pressed to extol the virtues of the undefeated Clayton, Belanger is quick to celebrate the development of his charges’ arsenal.
“I believe he has one of the best jabs in the division, especially to the body. It’s devastating, and he’s now coupled it with a great inside game. Custio has the versatility it takes to go through the ranks… he can fight, box, and move. He’s become a complete fighter. Training camp has been brilliant, and we look forward to the challenge.”
Although the bout was officially announced on October 15th – due to prior opponent Kudratillo Abdukakhorov having to drop out due to visa issues – Belanger doesn’t view the nine-day turnaround as a ‘late-notice’ contest.
“Custio has been asking for a fight of this magnitude for some time – and we’ve to prepare for a challenge like Lipinets. We’ve been training hard for months… and, thanks to his work ethic and dedication, we’ll be ready on October 24th.”
When Custio Clayton takes the ring, Brains Pure CBD branding will adorn his ring trunks. As one of the only WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) approved lab-tested products, Brains Pure CBD has become not only a proud sponsor – but a vital part of Belanger’s training camps.
“Many of my fighters are taking Brains Pure CBD to aid recovery and help get a good night’s sleep,” Belanger shares. “We’ve been able to press harder – for longer – in the gym knowing they’re able to give their bodies proper rest, and the accelerated recovery means ligaments, tendons, joints, and muscles aren’t getting too beat up day-to-day.
It’s made a tremendous difference. With Brains Pure CBD – and some great support from Inflector Environmental Services – our sponsors have given us the tools to ensure we’re performing at peak capacity.”
To be broadcast live on SHOWTIME, the bout has all the trappings of a breakthrough showcase for Clayton.
Having represented Canada in front of 10,000 fans at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England – with millions more watching at home – the Ottawa, Ontario-based Clayton recognizes the opportunity to prove himself a star in an already-stacked division.
Now, backed by Brains Pure and days from a world stage not foreign to him, War Machine stands poised to capture the Interim IBF Welterweight title.