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Deontay Wilder looking for his 29th consecutive KO against Liakhovich

Deontay Wilder Serguei LyakhovichBy Scott Gilfoid: American heavyweight Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KO’s) will be looking for his 29th straight knockout this Friday night against Sergei Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KO’s) on Showtime at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California, USA.

The thing is, Deontay, 27, didn’t start his career looking to break the all-time record for consecutive knockouts, but because of his right hand power is so incredible, he’s kind of stumbled into a competition to break the record.

Deontay’s trainer Mark Breland said “Honestly, we did not anticipate the knockouts. In fact, we are trying to get him to box and move more, which he’s beginning to do. He’s got good power in his right hand and a great 1-2 punch. So we’re trying to develop his jab. But his power is just overwhelming right now.”

Did you read that from Breland? “His [Deontay] power is just overwhelming right now.” So in other words, Deontay isn’t trying to get knockouts; he’s trying to box, but his power is so devastating that he’s getting knockouts no matter what he does.

That shows you what kind of knockout puncher Deontay is. He’s like the heavyweight division’s version of Julian Jackson; expect that Deontay hasn’t shown problems with his chin as of yet. He seems to have a pretty sturdy chin, and that’s going to be a real plus for him, because once Deontay steps it up and faces Wladimir Klitschko for his IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight titles, Deontay will need a good chin in the first five or six rounds in order to stay alive long enough to land one of his own knockout shots to get Wladimir out of there.

Before we can stay talking Deontay vs. Wladimir, however, Deontay is going to have to get past Liakhovich this Friday. Liakhovich is a real live body, and Deontay is going to have to be careful with him Liakovich still has a lot left in the tank.


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