The 20th anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues on Saturday, April 1, when “Relentless’’ Lamon Brewster defends his WBO heavyweight title against Sergei “The White Wolf’’ Liakhovich. The 12-round world title fight at Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio is promoted by Don King Productions and will air on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
At Wednesday’s press conference, the two combatants had something to say. “Relentless” Lamon Brewster (32-2, 29 KOs), as befits a champ, spoke first and was as true as ever.
“I am ready to do this,” he said. “This is what I do for a living. I do nothing else but sleep, eat, drink and think boxing. Some people are college material. I’m from the school of hard knocks. I am very emotional. I am very pumped. I am working with the best trainer (Buddy McGirt) in the world.
“My dream has definitely come true. [On April 1st] you’re going to see the best Lamon Brewster you’ve ever seen. I will be punching even harder, punching even faster. Sergei is a good fighter. In order to be a great champion, you have to fight good fighters. And in order to be a world champion, I will duck no one.”
Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich (22-1-, 14 KOs), Brewster’s opponent in Cleveland, is ready to rumble. He said “I feel great. This is a great opportunity for me. Everybody is talking about me not being active but I’ve actually been training really hard for the past year. He (Brewster) is a good champion. He fights with heart, but if he fights me this way, he will have a big problem.”