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During the third round of his fearless, bloody campaign against Robert Helenius in Erfurt, Germany this past August, Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich suffered fractures of the bones located high on the bridge of both the right and left sides of his nose. His courageous battle through the remaining brutal rounds garnered him a multitude of new fans who having been sending emails praising Sergei’s heart, determination and skills.
Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO, was impressed, “Despite the fact that Sergei was bleeding profusely from two fractures of his nose and swallowing blood from the third round on, Sergei kept himself in the fight and put on one of the gutsiest performances that I have seen in a boxing ring in a very long time. In my opinion, had he not been gasping for breath throughout the fight due to his fractures, Sergei would have won the bout. Even with his injuries, he appeared to be getting the best of Helenius during many of the rounds. Had Sergei not been injured, I have no doubt that we would have seen a very different result.”
After a relatively short recovery period, Sergei is anxious to get back on track to a world title, “I am back in training. I feel great. I’m working on my overall physical and strength conditioning right now, in fact I just came back from hiking. I will be back in the boxing Gym this coming week.”
Sergei spoke of his war with Helenius,”I believe that challenges make you stronger, that you always need to learn from your experiences and make the necessary adjustments. In my case, one of the things I need to do first is to change my corner situation. I have the great support of my Promoter Kathy Duva and my attorney and advisor Tony Cardinale. I also would like to say thank you to everyone, to all my fans for your good comments and great support.”
“Right now my focus is on getting back in the ring as soon as possible. I need to fight regularly and to stay active. I want to fight good fighters and I will do whatever it takes to get back to the top.”
Liakhovich Courageous Performance Delivers Heavyweight Excitement
Gasping for breath from early in the third round when the first fracture occurred, until the fight was stopped in the ninth by veteran referee Stanley Christodoulu, Liakhovich suffered fractures of the bones located high up on the bridge of both the right and left sides of his nose.
“Sergei was unable to breathe through his nose from the moment the first break occurred in the third round,” Manager Tony Cardinale said. At the same time, Liakhovich began to swallow copious amounts of blood as he attempted to catch a breath through his mouth.
“Sergei proved last night that he is one of the toughest fighters in the heavyweight division.” Cardinale continued. “Despite a painful handicap that made it nearly impossible for him to take a proper breath, Sergei kept on coming. Even after the knockdown, he came back swinging. Had Sergei not been so severely injured, I think he would have won the fight.”
Doctors, last night, advised “The White Wolf” to remain at the hospital and have immediate surgery under general anesthesia. However, later on Sunday morning, a surgeon determined that the bruising and swelling was too severe to operate right now.
Liakhovich, whose trip back to the US has been postponed due to travel restrictions caused by Hurricane Irene, intends to have the necessary surgery later this week when he returns to his home in Arizona.
“Those who say that there are no exciting fighters in the heavyweight division haven’t been paying attention,” promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events said. “Sergei has now participated in two of the most action-packed heavyweight fights of the past 10 years and he let me know this morning that he wishes to remain as active as possible as soon as he recovers.”
The Belarusian, who has been inactive for 17 months due to a contractual dispute, a training injury and an injury suffered by Helenius earlier in the summer, fought under the Main Events banner for the first time, last night.
“A fighter needs to stay active to be sharp,” Duva continued. “While fighting through the pain and barely able to breathe, Sergei actually improved his performance during the middle rounds as his timing started to come back. When Sergei fully recovers from his injuries, Main Events intends to treat Sergei’s fans–and I know he made a lot of new ones last night–by keeping him very busy.”