Wilder dismisses Liakhovich appeal, eyes Chisora clash before Klitschko’s
Heavyweight force Deontay Wilder has expressed his surprise to WBN upon learning that latest opponent Serhei Liakhovich was appealing his recent knockout defeat on the American’s recent Showtime outing.
The heavy-hitting 27 year-old ended the fight with former world title holder Liakhovich in just 103 seconds at Fantasy Springs in California earlier this month and feels that the Belarussian’s protest has no foundation.
“I think I must have hit him even harder than I thought. He must still have a concussion if he’s protesting.There was nothing illegal and he knows it,” Wilder told World Boxing News.
Wilder has compiled a highly impressive 29-0 record so far, stopping every opponent faced within four rounds and amidst calls to up his opposition, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ had confirmed his desire to accelerate his move towards a world title.
“The fights are getting bigger and I’m happy about that. The Liakhovich fight was my first main event on Showtime and I think they liked what they saw. Bigger and better things are ahead and I’m looking forward to it,” expressed Wilder.
“I want to be back in the ring as soon as possible. The people around me will tell you I’m happiest when I have a fight coming up. I love being active and do better when I’m busy.”
“I’m within touching reach now of the Klitschko’s now. I’m on their radar. They’ve mentioned me in interviews and I’m glad they see me as a guy who is on the way up. I respect all they’ve done and my goal is to be heavyweight champ so I’d love that opportunity.”
An agreed bout with former Vitali Klitschko opponent Dereck Chisora was on the cards in the UK until visa problems scuppered the fight earlier this year leading to compatriot Malik Scott taking Wilder’s place and losing via a debated stoppage.
Wilder admits that the Chisora fight is one that he would like to renegotiate in the future in what would be the Tuscaloosa puncher’s second trip following his destruction of Audley Harrison at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena in April.
“I would love that fight with Dereck and I hope it can be made,” he stated. “I have a lot of fans and friends in England and I like being there. That’s a good fight and an even bigger fight now that Chisora won and I won.
Wilder went on: “I want to be a constant force in England. I’ve boxed in China, Russia, Trinidad and Argentina as an amateur, plus Mexico and England as a pro and I have no problem taking my skills on the road.”
Finallly, Wilder was asked to give his thoughts on the WBC’s recent decision to allow Vitali to remain as their champion despite asking for dispensation to be sidelined until 2014, although wouldn’t be drawn into any controversy on the matter.
“”Vitali has been a great champ and the ruling has been made so there’s really nothing I can say about it. I just hope he gets healthy soon and continues his career,” said Wilder.