By David Finger
Former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich (24-3, 15 KO’s) has just announced that he will be fighting in a featured ten round fight on the undercard of the Ruslan Chagaev versus Kali Meehan fight on May 22 in Rostock Germany against noted Nicaraguan prospect Evans Quinn (18-3-1, 16 KO’s). Liakhovich began his comeback on November of last year with a first round knockout over Jeremy Bates, and although Quinn is not a ranked fighter, he is still seen as a dangerous foe and a clear step up from the journeyman Bates.
“He’s a young guy, full of energy,” commented Liakhovich on his opponent, “he comes straight to you. You need to expect the unexpected from him.”
Quinn was quickly emerging as one of the hottest Latino heavyweight prospects in the world until a shocking upset loss to Harvey Jolly in April of last year in St. Louis Missouri sent him back to the drawing board. His most recent fight saw Quinn again struggle in an eight round draw with Panamanian Luis Andres Pineda in Panama. The loss and the draw has scuttled Quinn’s hope of cracking into the world rankings, but many insiders still feel he is a competent heavyweight who could rise to the occasion if given the opportunity, and some feel that he still should be regarded as a prospect despite the setbacks.
“I’m focused on the fight,” added Liakhovich, “I don’t care where he’s ranked, I will be ready and when the time will come everyone will see what I can do with this guy in the ring.”