Deontay Wilder's scariest knockout left opponent twitching in 2013

Wilder Leaves Opponent Twitching

Deontay Wilder will likely go down as one of, if not the most brutal striker in boxing history. He has 42 wins to his name with a staggering 41 of those coming via knockout.

Now that record certainly highlights his power and killer instinct in the ring, with so many knockouts, it will be difficult to pick the most emphatic one of his career.

However, the former WBC heavyweight champion once left his opponent twitching on the canvas after a savage right hander.

Siarhei Liakhovich was no match for the Bronze Bomber whose vicious victory inside one round could well go down as his most brutal of all time.

The fight took place whilst Wilder was 28-0-0, all won via knockout, a streak he kept going impressively. Liakhovich had never been stopped before round nine until the first-round stoppage with Wilder.

Despite displaying quality boxing from Wilder, it was a scary time in 2013. Alarmingly, when Liakhovich hit the canvas, he started twitching as the referee instantly stopped the fight.

The doctors rushed into the ring and eventually he stopped twitching, he was then able to return to his stool before walking out of the ring. It could have been so much worse, but luckily, it wasn’t.

Wilder celebrated initially, but quickly stopped when he realised what was happening behind him, recalling the night, he said: “I saw it afterward on the replay on the big screen when I looked back and I saw it on the monitor.

“That’s when my smile went into a frown, and I was concerned and I was worried, because that was a scary moment.

“When I saw that, I was like, ‘Oh, man,’ and I was saying prayers for him.

“They’re saying that he’s going to be okay, and I heard that he’s going to be in the hospital for a couple of days, but that was a scary moment.

“Just to see his eyes roll into the back of his head and him going into a seizure like that, and he had a concussion as well, that was scary. Very scary.”

It’s a reminder that boxing can be very dangerous, so the swift reaction of the referee and ringside doctors is paramount in the sport to protect the boxers.

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