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Malik Scott: Deontay Wilder has a chance to make history

By Scott Gilfoid: Previously unbeaten American heavyweight Malik Scott sees big things from undefeated Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KO’s) starting with his fight this Friday night on August 9th against former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KO’s) at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.

Scott, who was beaten by a controversial stoppage last month by Dereck Chisora in London, thinks the 6’7” Deontay can go on to great things in the sport.

Malik Scott said:

I totally agree with Scott. Deontay definitely has an excellent shot of not only capturing a heavyweight world title, but also unifying the straps and then holding onto the belts for a long title run. Wladimir Klitschko has held onto the IBF title since 2006 in a nice 7-year title run, and I believe Deontay can do more than that once he gets his first strap around his waist.

The only thing that’s slowing Deontay down right now is the sanctioning bodies in moving him up, because he’s not like one of Wladimir’s typical opponents that are picked out from the middle of the pack for an optional title defense by the Ukrainian.

Believe me, Wladimir and his handlers won’t hand pick Deontay because he’s too dangerous due to his big right hand power.

The Liakhovich fight should give boxing fans a good idea of how talented Deontay is, and I can see this fight ending quickly possibly in the 1st round if Liakovich tries to mix it up with Deontay immediately Audley Harrison did last April. Deontay destroyed Harrison in one round with a storm of huge shots.

Liakhovich can be pretty clever when he wants to be; so it’s possible he could try and box Deontay instead of choosing to slug with him. I don’t see it working well for him if he tries that, because Deontay’s reach is too good for Liakhovich to be able to stay out of range even if he’s on one side of the ring and Deontay on the other. Deontay closes the distance very fast, and he’ll still end up nailing Liakhovich with a big shot no matter where he is in the ring.

Deontay will be looking to extend his 28 fight knockout streak to 29. That in itself is pretty special, because Deontay is within reach of the all-time consecutive knockout streak of 44. I can see Deontay accomplishing, and believe me, if Deontay does that he’s going to be making big money for his fights in the U.S.

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