Liakhovich suffers badly broken nose against Helenius
After his technical knockout loss to heavyweight contender Robert Helenius on Saturday night in Erfurt, Germany, former heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich was taken to a local emergency room in the early morning hours where a CT scan revealed that his nose had been broken in two places during the bout.
Gasping for breath from early in the third round when the first fracture occurred, until the fight was stopped in the ninth by 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.
Liakhovich suffers badly broken nose against Helenius
Liakhovich had the more talent of the two fighters and was really giving it to Helenius for seven rounds of the fight. Liakhovich’s mistake was made when he stood too close to Helenius in the 8th and was hurt with an uppercut and a chopping right hand that landed to the back of his head late in the round. Liakhovich took a knee to try and regain his senses.
Liakhovich was still hurt when the rounded ended and never fully covered. In the 9th, Liakhovich attempted to fight back, which wasn’t a wise move because Helenius unleashed a flurry of shots and caught Liakhovich with a powerful left uppercut. Helenius continued to flurry on Liakhovich until he collapsed just as the referee was rushing in to halt the fight.
It was a winnable fight for Liakhovich but he made the mistake of fighting Helenius on the inside instead of at a distance where Helenius is more vulnerable. With the right game plan, Liakhovich could have won this fight. If his trainer had spotted Helenius’ inability to fight at a distance early, Liakhovich could have been stationed there to use his jab and in and out attacks to beat the very, very slow Helenius.
Liakhovich’s nose was broken in two places from a jab he took in the 6th round. Helenius has good punching power and reminds me of George Foreman when he made his comeback in his 40s. Helenius is very slow like Foreman was back then, throws few punches but makes the most of them when he lands. He’s got a very good uppercut but doesn’t have Foreman’s great jab or boxing ability.
Helenius will have problems against the bigger heavyweights that can box and punch in the heavyweight division like th Klitschko brothers, David Price and Tyson Fury. Those guys will beat him, as would fighters like Odlanier Solis, and Alexander Povetkin.
Source, boxingnews.24.com link: www.boxingnews24.com/2011/08/liakhovich-suffers-badly-broken-nose-against-helenius/
Liakhovich Courageous Performance against Helenius
After turning in a thrilling, gutsy and bloody performance last night vs. Robert Helenius, in Erfurt, Germany, Former Heavyweight Champion Sergei Liakhovich was taken to a local emergency room in the early morning hours where a CT scan revealed that the warrior’s nose had been broken in two places during the bout.
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.”
Source, boxingnews.24.com link: www.boxingnews24.com/2011/08/liakhovich-courageous-performance/
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