Arizona Boxing News & Notes With Don Smith
On April 1, 2006 Sergei Liakhovich, in Cleveland Ohio, scored a unanimous victory over Lamont Brewster to capture the WBO Heavyweight Championship. It was a dream that came true. However; dreams never last forever. He would lose the title 7 months later in Phoenix, Arizona at Chase Field to Shannon Briggs in a dramatic slugfest that saw Briggs knock Liakhovich out of the ring ending any chance of Sergei retaining his title.
Officially, it was declared a TKO victory for Briggs with one second remaining in the 12th and final round. Sergei was prevented from returning to the ring by handlers who felt he was finished for the night. Hollywood couldn’t have scripted a more intriguing ending. Sergei isn’t bitter over the decision; he understands ring etiquette and knows the decision was correct even though it was a sad night for the Liakhovich family. Continue reading
Deontay Wilder (L) is shown here hitting Sergei Liakhovich (R) with an illegal punch behind his head (Photo by Michael Snyder / The Desert Sun)
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (August 15, 2013) – Former World Boxing Organization (“WBO”) Heavyweight Champion Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich is filing a formal protest, regarding the final outcome of his fight last Friday night against undefeated Deontay Wilder, due to illegal punches that led to him being knocked out at 1:43 of the first round at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
Liakhovich’s advisor, Attorney Anthony Cardinale, is preparing the formal protest to file with the California State athletic Commission, seeking the outcome be ruled a “no contest.” Continue reading
Undefeated Deontay Wilder says two prayers in his dressing room before a fight. One is a team prayer. The other, he says, is for his opponent.
“I know I’m blessed with God-given power,’’ he said after annihilating former world heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich in Friday’s main event on ShoBox: The New Generation from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. “After our team prayer, I always pray that I don’t hurt the guy I’m fighting, that if he has a family he will be OK enough afterward to continue to provide for them.’’
Living up to his reputation as America’s next great heavyweight, the 6-foot-7, 27-year-old Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., destroyed Liakhovich, stopping him with two overpowering right hands at 1:43 of the first round.
It was Wilder’s 29th knockout victory in as many starts. Liakhovich, of Scottsdale, Ariz., by way of Vitebsk, Belarus, fell to 25-6 with 16 KO’s. Continue reading
Deontay Wilder the 2008 Olympian and most recent US male boxing medalist headlined Showtime’s SHOBOX card from Indio, California and won in style. A sudden and brutal conclusion capped off a quiet first round as a hard right hand sent Siarhei Liakhovich down to the canvas. His body began to convulse, reminiscent of the Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel knockout and gave referee Tom Taylor no choice but to call a halt to the contest.
Wilder is now undefeated through twenty nine professional contests with all of them by knockout while averaging under two rounds per bout. This would appear to be a phenomenal feat on paper but in reality it is not as exciting when observed more closely. What he has done so far is not an easy task but it is not helping him develop as a fighter. When this fight was made there was a general dissatisfaction with the choice of opponent for Wilder but there was a hope that Liakhovich could go a few rounds and test Wilder. Continue reading
Showing devastating power, unbeaten heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KO’s) poleaxed Sergei Liakhovich (25-6, 16 KO’s) in an impressive 1st round knockout on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California, USA.
Deontay, 27, ended the fight with three straight right hands to the head that put Liakhovich down flat on his back on the canvas where he laid with his hands and legs going into a knockout spasm. It was scary to watch because Liakhovich looked badly hurt.
Liakhovich was okay until he got nailed by the 3rd right from Deontay, and at that point, Liakhovich hit the canvas like a sack of potatoes with his legs and arms pointing up in the arm in the way that fighters do after they’ve been concussed. Continue reading
Norfolk, VA: Newport News own heavyweight boxer Jerry Forrest (7-0, 6 KOs) will face Gerald Washington (8-0, 5 KOs) on the Friday August 9 undercard of a heavyweight bout between Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KOs) and ex-beltholder Sergei Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KOs) to be televised on Showtime from The Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California. The fight will be aired on Showtime Networks channel ShoExtreme. Check your local listings for channel. Continue reading
NEW YORK (Aug. 7, 2013) – Undefeated heavyweight Deontay Wilder, most would agree, is a work in progress. He’s not your typical work in progress, however — unless you consider his record of 28-0 with 28 knockouts run of the mill.
Still, the question on most everyone’s mind: Does the former amateur standout and the last male American to medal in the Olympic Games possess the skills and talent to one day became a world champion?
The 6-foot-7, 27-year-old Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will try to extend his winning and knockout streaks when he faces former world heavyweight champion Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KO’s), of Scottsdale, Ariz., by way of Vitebsk, Belarus, in the 10-round main event of a tripleheader this Friday, Aug. 9, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Continue reading
In the midst of a sizzling summer season of boxing, Golden Boy Promotions will turn up the heat at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California on Friday, August 9 with a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader featuring one of the hottest heavyweights in the game, unbeaten knockout artist Deontay Wilder live on SHOWTIME® (10:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
In a 10-round main event, Alabama’s Wilder puts his perfect 28-0 record on the line against former Heavyweight World Champion Sergei Liakhovich. In the co-featured bouts, unbeaten lightweights Francisco Vargas of Mexico and Cincinnati’s Brandon Bennett meet in a 10-round match-up and Houston’s undefeated Jermall Charlo risks his unblemished record against Miami veteran Antwone Smith in a 10-round junior middleweight bout. Continue reading