By Karl Freitag
Photo: Scott Foster
Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KOs) returns Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California against 37-year-old former WBO titleholder Sergei Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KOs). The bout is scheduled for ten rounds, but to date the hard-hitting Wilder has quickly stopped every opponent he has faced. The 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist has 16 first round KOs, 6 second round KOs, 4 third round KOs and 2 fourth round KOs.
Heavyweight Jameel McCline recently tweeted that Wilder is the “hardest puncher I have ever been in with” and McCline has been in with some of the boxing’s biggest bangers like Wladimir Klitschko, Samuel Peter and Magomed Abdusalamov to name a few.
Liakhovich is arguably Wilder’s best opponent to date, although it has been some time since “The White Wolf” has been at the top of his game. Idle for a year, loser in four of his last six and no meaningful wins since 2006, however Liakhovich can be counted on to go some rounds. The Belarus native lasted nine rounds against both Bryant Jennings and Robert Helenius in his last two fights.
Monday odds at Bovada.lv have Wilder a big favorite at -1200, while Liakhovich backers get +700. Wilder-Liakhovich can be seen on Showtime.