A first round knockout loss has to be one the worst feelings in the world for a professional boxer. Weeks of training and focus are evaporated in just a matter of minutes (and in some cases, seconds). You feel embarrassed to show your face in public, and have to endure feelings of self-doubt and overall depression. In the case of Sergei Liakhovich, you also suffer from feelings of delusion, as the former heavyweight contender amazingly plans to file an official protest to overturn is first round blowout loss to Deontay Wilder earlier this month.
Liakhovich’s advisor, Anthony Cardinale, wants the fight turned into a “no-contest.” Furthermore, Liakhovich himself insinuates that Wilder deliberately fights dirty in order to uphold his perfect knockout record of 29-0.
My goal for going public is to expose Wilder and show people what really happened because it was difficult to clearly see his illegal punches on television due to the camera placement and how quickly it happened. I also feel that I disappointed a lot of people who believed in me and I feel it’s important to explain what happened to them. Wilder’s people are sending out press releases to hype him up, even more, so it’s very important for me to expose him for what he is and how he fights.
According to Liakhovich, the first illegal punch hit him over the ear, and then a right behind his head destroyed Liakhovich his equilibrium.
If he had hit me in the face, fair and square. I would have kept my mouth shut and said he was the better man. Everybody’s going around saying nobody can stand-up to his power, 29 knockouts in 29 fights, but any heavyweight would go down from a punch behind the head. That’s why it’s an illegal punch! There’s nothing you can do when you get hit with a punch like that; your body just goes wobbly with no balance at all.
If he is allowed to continue throwing illegal punches like the one he hit me with behind my head. Somebody is going to get seriously hurt. I can’t allow him to get away with that anymore.
No, you’re not reading an article off of The Onion — this is really happening. In the press release sent for this protest announcement, Liakhovich’s team sent a still-shot of Wilder’s punch seemingly landing flush on the back area of Liakhovich’s head. But a quick rewind of the fight shows that the actual KO blow landed clea on the side of Liakhovich’s face. The second shot that clipped Liakhovich did slide to the back area of Liakhovich’s head, but it was inconsequential as the first shot was what sent Liakhovich to the Land of Make Believe.
We won’t hear about this anymore, much like Zab Judah protest of his “low-blow” knockout loss to Amir Khan a few years back. But it’s a reminder of how far some fighters will go to find excuses for a bad loss.