Deontay Wilder wants sparring session with Liakhovich to show KO win was legit
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: In response to the appeal that Sergei Liakhovich (25-6, 16 KO’s) is making to the California State Athletic Commission to have his recent 1st round knockout loss overturned and changed to a “no contest,” his conqueror Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KO’s) is suggesting that they have a nice little sparring match so that Deontay can show him that the win wasn’t controversial.
Liakhovich feels that he was hit on the back of the head by Deontay in getting knocked out last Friday, August 9th at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California, USA.
There is a photo showing Deontay seemingly landing a punch near the back of Liakhovich’s head, but it also looks like he’s leaning forward at the same time that Deontay is braining him with a right hand, so you really can’t see where Deontay is doing anything wrong.
Deontay said to RingTV “I must have hit him harder than I thought, because he must still have a concussion. But I have an idea for him if he feels like the only way that I won is because I illegally hit him. We can spar so I can prove to him that I can knock him out again.”
Deontay wants the proceeds of the sparring match to go to charity. It’s unknown if Deontay is serious or not, but if so, I think it’s a great idea, and I believe a lot of boxing fans would turn out to see it if they staged it in a casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. They would obviously have to have some other kind of entertainment to be coupled with this event, because if Deontay knocks Liakhovich out in the 1st round again, boxing fans won’t have much to see, especially if Deontay takes him out in the first 30 seconds of the round.
With Deontay’s monstrous power, I could see that happening. He wouldn’t waste any time on Liakhovich in a sparring session or a rematch. Deontay would go right after him and poleaxe him with a big right hand.
I seriously doubt Liakhovich will take Deontay up on his offer to spar, because the guy was knocked out badly in that fight, and I don’t think it would be good for him to get inside the ring so soon after a knockout like that. I think Liakhovich needs to rest up, and take some time off before he steps back in the ring.