Wilder blasts past Liakhovich
Deontay Wilder extended his unbeaten record to 29 consecutive stoppage victories when he destroyed former world champion Serhei Liakhovich on Friday night.
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Wilder has still not been taken beyond four rounds since turning pro in late 2008 after he picked up a heavyweight bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics.
Liakhovich served merely to act as a 'name' on his resume with the 37-year-old Scottsdale resident largely inactive since briefly holding the WBO title in 2006.
And so it proved with Wilder landing two hellacious right hands on the Belarus-born Liakhovich, who was timed out at one minute 43 seconds of the opening round and remained flat on his back for a further minute before regaining his feet.
"I'm just blessed with tremendous power,'' said Wilder. "I don't depend on it, but it is there. I think my secret isn't power. It's my speed. I think people hear about all my KO's and tend to overlook that.
"I think all my KO's are helping me get a lot of people's attention and I love that. I embrace it. I think more people are now starting to feel that maybe I can be the guy who brings the heavyweight title back to America. Honestly, I would love to be that guy.''
Wilder, 27, will be stepped up over the next 12 months and is being lined up to face the winner of the all-American clash between Cris Arreola and Seth Mitchell later this year.
He was last seen blasting out Audley Harrison inside a round in Sheffield in April and although still crude his undoubted power clearly makes him a force to be reckoned with.
Wilder is already ranked in the top-10 by the WBA and WBO and victory over Arreola or Mitchell would put him in world title contention.