This past Friday night, many new eyes were opened to the compelling storyline that is Deontay Wilder when he brutally knocked Sergei Liakhovich, the overmatched one-time WBO titleholder, in less than one round. Perhaps not since Mike Tyson was blowing up the likes of Mark Young and Sterling Benjamin, have we seen such a destructive force utterly dominating the lower ranks of the Heavyweight division. 29 have tried and 29 have REALLY failed versus Wilder. This rampage has caused the casual boxing fan to sit up and take note, while the boxing “intelligencia” reach for their cautionary Michael Grant and Tyrell Biggs tales.
So what should we be thinking of Wilder at this point? Certainly his record to date (29-0 with 29 KO’s) reads like something conjured up by a script writer for Rocky Balboa’s opponent in the next Rocky movie but, is he for real?
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He is an imposing, muscular, 6’7” figure with dynamite power. 29 straight knockouts, all within 4 rounds, ca...