Opening the telecast a scheduled 10-round contest is part of a Premier Boxing Champions card from The Venue at UCF in Orlando, Florida (Bounce TV, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).features two undefeated prospects in the super lightweight division; Haskell Rhodes (23-0-1 11KOs) and Sergey Lipinets (7-0-0 6KOs).
Haskell “Hackman” Rhodes has garnered a lot of attention due to his relationship with Floyd “Money” Mayweather and fighting out of the TMT gym in Las Vegas, NV. Despite the praise by Floyd, Rhodes so far in his career has failed to live up to the hype. “Hackman” has struggled in many fights against fringe level competition, showing dismal power despite his short and stocky frame (listed at only 5’4.5)
In his most decent bout, Rhodes failed to defeat Jared Robinson, a fighter who previously was easily beaten by both Amir Imam and Michael Perez. Haskell Rhodes has an opportunity to change to the current projection of his career with an impressive showing this Friday.
The Kazkitzic native now fighting out of Russia, Sergey Limpinites shows no interest in taking the traditional gradual approach we have seen from American fighters in regards to career progression. In only his eighth career fight, Limpinites has caught the attention of many boxing insiders with his devastating power and his willingness to take on tough competition early.
Lately, we have seen several Eastern European fighters take a similar approach to their career wanting to take on tough competition early most notably being Vasyl Lomachenko and Artur Beterbiev. The highly decorated amateur who has been a pro for only a little more than a year has a golden opportunity in his US television debut to ride the current wave of must-watch fighters emerging from the Former Soviet Union.