Liakhovich—who had never been stopped in the first round—was supposed to provide a stiffer test for Wilder and at the very least give the young American fighter some rounds.
But, Wilder had other plans and made quick work of Liakhovich, knocking him out in scary fashion in Round 1.
If you weren’t excited about Wilder before Friday, he certainly should peak your interest now. The major knock on the 28 year old Wilder—nicknamed the “Bronze Bomber”—is that he hasn’t faced impressive competition.
He has never been past the fourth round and has won all of his 29 bouts by knockout. Tomato can opponents or not, that’s a pretty impressive record.
Liakhovich was a step in the right direction and it’s certainly impressive that Wilder dispensed of him so quickly.
But where does the exciting, heavy-handed big man go from here?
Fans would love to see Wilder face off against Wladimir Klitschko—whom Wilder has sparred with in the past—but perhaps a smaller step up in competition would be smarter.
The winner of Seth Mitchell vs. Chris Arreola would be a viable matchup as well as Tomasz Adamek who is coming off of a good win against Dominick Guinn.
One name that seems to fly under most people’s radar is southpaw, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour.
Mansour has beaten Dominick Guinn and Epifanio Mendoza among others and will be in action on August 23. The hard-hitting Heavyweight would certainly be a good test for Wilder and would answer one big question; can Wilder take a punch?
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