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Saturday, 26 October 2013 19:11

Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KOs) | Sick Knockout (Video)

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Will Nicolai Firtha face a similar fate tonight?
August 9, 2013

Location: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA

Broadcast: Showtime

Referee: Tom Taylor

Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions

Broadcast: Showtime

(Pic Courtesy of Showtime

  • In August, American heavyweight Deontay Wilder, who entered this bout undefeated and on a 28-fight knockout streak, punished former WBO Heavyweight Champion Sirahei Liakhovich, brutally knocking him out midway through the opening round

  • When the 37 year old Belarus native attempted to get inside to mix it up, the long-armed 6'7" Wilder caught him with two explosive right hooks that landed on the side of the head, dropping the former champ.

  • Liakhovich, after the knockdown, appeared to convulse for a brief time and the referee didn't bother to count as a result. Fortunately, Siarhei received prompt medical attention and left the ring on his own, looking to have fully recovered.

  • "I'm blessed with power, I'm blessed with tremendous power. I don't even know the measure of my own power. I see why they should register my hands. When I hit someone, it's a felony," stated Wilder after the bout.

  • The win was impressive, especially given Liakhovich was a tough fighter who was known for being able to take anyone into 'deep water.'

October 26, 2013
Wilder vs Firtha
9PM ET/ 2AM London

Who is Nicolai Firtha?

The 34 year old 6' 6" 250 lb heavyweight hails from Ohio and has been in the ring with the likes of Tyson Fury, Johnathon Banks, Alexander Povetkin and Tye Fields, losing to each opponent.

In his most recent outing, Firtha won a unanimous decision in July over Robert Hawkins (then 23-21-0). Despite going the distance with Povetkin, Nicolai has been knocked out four times and is your classic journeyman. However, Firtha has faced some quality opponents so it will be interesting to see how Wilder handles this task at-hand.

Wilder vs Liakhovich, August 9, 2013