Deontay Wilder will undoubtedly go down as one of the most devastating punchers in the history of boxing when the curtain falls for his career.
The former WBC heavyweight champion has 42 wins on his record to date, 41 of which come as knockouts.
Several of these stoppage victories have come in frightening, dramatic ways, with people like Artur Szpilka, Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz all finishing with a single, brutal blow.
The one that stands out above the rest, however, has to be Wilder’s KO by Sergey Liakhovich.
At the time, Wilder rose as a candidate with a 100 percent knockout record of 28-0 (28 KOs).
Liakhovich was once the WBO world heavyweight champion, but had a record of 25-5 at this point and was seen as a gatekeeper in the division.
Either way, he had never been stopped earlier than in the ninth round.
Wilder treated him inside one.
An evil right hand from the American saw his opponent fall down on the canvas, but what happened next was alarming.
Liakhovich began to jerk and shake his head as the referee signaled for a penalty.
Wilder quickly ended his celebrations when he realized that his opponent needed emergency medical care, which he received from doctors in the first place.
Fortunately, Liakhovich stopped moving shortly after and recovered so he could lean back on his stool and eventually walk out of the ring.
“When I hit him, I saw him go down and I just went to my neutral corner,” Wilder said as he reflected on the fight.
“I knew it was over, because my corner told me it was over when he fell down. So I was absolutely happy and celebrating.
“I saw it afterwards on the replay on the big screen when I looked back and I saw it on the screen.
“That was when my smile frowned and I was worried and I was worried because it was a scary moment.
“When I saw it, I thought, ‘Oh, man,’ and I prayed for him.
“They say he’s going to be okay and I heard he was going to the hospital for a few days, but it was a scary moment.
“Just seeing his eyes roll into the back of his head and him having such a seizure and he also had a concussion, it was scary. Very scary. “
Maybe something has changed in Wilder over the years because he has admitted he wants a death on his post.
In an interview with The breakfast club in 2018 he said: “I want a body on my record.
“I want one. I really do.… It’s the bronze bomber. He wants one. When I’m a bronze bomber, I do not care. I want that in my mail.”
After recovering, Liakhovich bizarrely filed a formal protest with the California State Athletic Commission, claiming that Wilder’s KO blow landed behind his head.
Liakhovich’s adviser, lawyer Anthony Cardinale, sought a no-contest due to “illegal beatings”.
Of course, nothing came out of the protest, and Wilder responded by saying, “I must have hit him harder than I thought he must still have a concussion.”
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