Liakhovich is likely to return to the ring on March 9th (Photo by DSquared Productions)
Former WBO Heavyweight Champion Joins Promotional Stable
With its top heavyweight Tomasz Adamek just a single win away from a World Heavyweight Championship Fight, Main Events has now added a former WBO Heavyweight Titleholder in Siarhei Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs). A promotional agreement with the Belarus native was recently made official by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, who feels Liakhovich has another championship run in him.
"There is no doubt that Siarhei has what it takes to be competitive in the heavyweight division," she remarked. "There are three heavyweight champions right now, and it is our goal to put Siarhei in a position to challenge for one of their titles before the end of the year. We are delighted to be working with a fantastic team that includes Siarhei, his manager Tony Cardinale and trainer Tommy Brooks."
Currently residing in Scottsdale, Arizona, Liakhovich fought for his native country in the 1996 Olympics and earned a Bronze Medal in the 1997 World Championships. He then turned professional the following year and proceeded to win 24 of his first 25 bouts, with that 24th victory being a 12-round decision over Lamon Brewster for the previously mentioned WBO Heavyweight Title in 2006. Liakhovich has since fought just four times over what has been nearly five years, going 2-2 during that time frame with his last two outings both resulting in wins. Now rejuvenated and anxious to make another title run, he is set for an official return to the ring.
"First of all, I would like to thank God for everything that has happened in my life,” Liakhovich stated. “I am thrilled to have a newborn son, and I have a brand new team with well known and respected Tony Cardinale as my advisor and attorney, and Main Events as my new promoter. With their history and reputation in boxing business, I know I am finally with the right team. I am very impressed with how hard Main Events work for their fighters. I know that they will work hard for me outside the ring, and I can do my job in the ring."
Cardinale was also pleased about the union with Main Events.
"I am happy for Sergei to be with one of the most respected and hardest working promoters in the industry,” he said. “With their support and his ability, it is just a matter of time before he is a two-time World Heavyweight Champion."
While not certain yet, it is anticipated that Liakhovich will make his debut for Main Events on March 9th, fighting on the undercard of an Adamek vs. Kevin McBride bill at Prudential Center.
“I can't wait to get back in the ring as soon as possible,” Liakhovich commented. “My last two wins were in Germany, and now I am glad to be fighting in U.S. again. Thank you to all my fans for their support over the years, I would love to see all of them in New Jersey. This is a great new chapter for me, my first step in becoming a World Champion again!"
An official announcement regarding the next action for Liakhovich is expected from Main Events in the coming weeks.