Friday, 9 August 2013

Liakhovich v Wilder tonight... Test time. !!!

Deontay Wilder , 28 / 0 all knockouts is all set tonight at Fantasy Springs resort in California to take on his toughest challenge to date in former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich 25 / 5  with 16 Knockouts.  Sergei is a few years past his best but is very capable of taking Wilder into unchartered territory if he can weather Deontays early storm. It was only 6 fights ago that Sergei lost his Championship belt to Shannon Briggs in his first defence of a belt he won in a classic brawl with the then Champion, Klitschko slayer Lamon Brewster in a 2006 upset. since then Sergei has been up and down but in all fairness in excellent company. He had beaten both Guinn  and Brewster both solid fighters and in defeat he has faced Valuev and Briggs in the final drastic seconds of a fight he had all but won in the 12th and last stanza. More recently losses have come to young prospects Bryant Jennings and Robert Helenius by no means a disgrace..  Wilder is what he is , a beautifully built puncher who has yet to be tested, in recent outings Deontay has looked over eager to get the opposition out of there in double quick time like a man who doesn't want to enter unchartered territory in fear of finding out potential weaknesses. Against Audley Harrison he didn't even let Harrison work his way into the fight, savagery took over and he chopped the big man down with a windmill of clubbing punches. Wilder is essentially a novice compaired to Liakhovich on paper but its 37 plays 27 in years in what is valued as a young mans sport..  It is a great match in measuring where both men are at in terms of future but as we have seen many times in boxing especially heavyweights...  It only takes one shot to turn the tables..    Testing time has arrived!!