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Liakhovich vs. Jennings on Saturday

Serguei LyakhovichBy Jason Kim: Former WBO heavyweight champion Sergiy Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO’s) will be fighting on Saturday night against unbeaten heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings (12-0, 5 KO’s) in a 10 round bout at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York. For the 35-year-old Liakhovich, this will be only his fifth fight since losing his World Boxing Organization title to Shannon Briggs by a 12th round knockout in November 2006.

Liakhovich has missed out on a lot of fights in the past five years and arguably could have fought 12 more times in all of those years if he had kept busy fighting three times a year. When you’re not a champion you really need to be fighting at least three to four times a year to keep busy and to keep your ranking high. Liakhovich isn’t ranked in the top 15 and was stopped in the 9th round in his last bout against Robert Helenius. Liahovich fought remarkably well for a heavyweight that had missed out as much as he had in the past five years. Had he not run out of gas in the 8th, he might have been able to hold in and get a win.

Tomorrow’s fight against Jennings is a make or break fight for Liakhovich. He can’t afford to get beaten again. Jennings, 6’2″, is a decent fighter but nothing special. This is someone that the bigger 6’4″ Liakhovich should be able to run over with his superior size and strength if he fights aggressively and doesn’t hold back. He’s got to go after Jennings and not let him hang around for too long to try and take advantage of Liahovich later in the bout when he sometimes tires out.

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