Subriel Matias is going on the defensive…
The 31-year-old Puerto Rican boxer will defend his IBF junior welterweight title against Sergey Lipinets on August 26, according to ESPN.
Matias (19-1, 19 KOs) is one of boxing’s top action fighters. He captured the vacant IBF 140-pound title in February with a fifth-round TKO of Jeremias Ponce.
Matias’ lone pro defeat came in February 2020 against Petros Ananyan, a decision loss Matias avenged 23 months later with a ninth-round TKO.
Lipinets (17-2-1, 13 KOs) formerly held the IBF junior welterweight title, a vacant belt he won in November 2017 with a decision victory over Akihiro Kondo. He dropped the title in his next fight to Mikey Garcia, and then moved up to 147 pounds.
Lipinets, 34, scored a stoppage victory over Lamont Peterson in a 2019 welterweight fight but was held to a draw with Custio Clayton the following year.
In April 2021, Lipinets suffered a sixth-round KO loss to Jaron Ennis before returning to 140 pounds with a victory over Omar Figueroa in August.
Matias is ESPN’s No. 6 boxer at 140 pounds. Lipinets is unranked.