The 20th anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues with a HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP fight 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, promoted by Don King Productions, will air LIVE on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.
The crowd-pleasing Brewster (33-2, 29 KOs), of Los Angeles, by way of Indianapolis, Ind., is making the fourth defense of the WBO crown he won when he rallied to register a dramatic fifth-round TKO over Wladimir Klitschko on April 10, 2003. Undefeated since June 2002, Brewster has won 14 straight, 11 of them by knockout. In a give-and-take thriller in his last outing, Brewster retained his title with an exciting ninth-round TKO over local favorite Luan Krasniqi. The fight on Sept. 28, 2005, took place on Max Schmeling Day in Hamburg, Germany.
Liakhovich (22-1, 14 KOs), of Scottsdale, Ariz., by way of Minsk, Byelorussia, has won six in a row, including a unanimous 10-round decision over Dominick Guinn in his last start on Dec. 3, 2004. A boxer-puncher with excellent overall talent and skills, Liakhovich outpointed the then-highly regarded Guinn by the scores of 97-93 and 96-94 twice. Liakhovich compiled an excellent record of 145-14 in the amateurs and represented Russia in the 1996 Olympic Games. He was scheduled to fight on SHOWTIME late last year but got hurt.