It was a definite disappointment for North Preston, Nova Scotia’s Custio Clayton to have to settle for a majority draw against Sergey Lipinets of Kazakhstan. It went down in a recent 12-round IBF interim welterweight title bout in Uncasville, Connecticut at eh Mohegan Sun Casino.
The boxing decision meant that the judges disagreed. One had Clayton winning 115-113 on his card while the other two judges scored it 114-114.
The only other time he faced such a decision, it cost him an Olympic bronze medal in London in 2012 in a quarter final loss to Freddie Evans of the UK in the men’s 69-kiologram weight class. According to Clayton,
“It reminded me of the Olympics all over. It was
deja vu. I thought to myself, ‘not again!”’
Of course, he could do nothing about the recent decision. An appeal by Canada was rejected.
It didn’t go my way but at the same time, I know for a fact that I won the fight.”
Clayton feels a victory was snatched from his hands. After all, he had edged Lipinets in total punches thrown (687-610), punches landed (247-175) and connect percentage at 36 to Lipnets’ 29.
He has stated that it was a close fight, but he hand landed better shots, cleaner shots, and led every stat. He avows that it was a good performance and is happy with it even though the judges didn’t give him the decision.
No one knows how the judges are going to act. In fact, many spectators expressed the sentiment that Clayton had won the fight. Of note, he was a late replacement for the original opponent who withdrew due to visa issues.
As for Lipinets, he is a former super lightweight world champion who has an unbeaten record since joining to the welterweight ranks about three years ago. In fact, the thirty-one year old had won three straight welterweight victories before taking on Clayton Lipinets’.record stands at 16-1-1.
Clayton was the underdog coming in to his first bout on American soil. He came on short notice, expecting the former champion to come after him.
“People see me as aggressive but I wanted to use my boxing IQ and show them I
could box more technically and give them something they probably weren’t expecting.”
He wanted to showed the boxing world that he is not just some fighter from Canada who came to the U.S. to lay down. He showed he is a world class fighter who belongs.
Clayton is unsure as to what comes next; he feels confident he will get another shot at a title bout. Both he and Lipinets are receptive to a rematch.