The 20th anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues with a WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT on Saturday, April 1, when "Relentless" Lamon Brewster defends his WBO 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).
“RELENTLESS’’ LAMON BREWSTER (33-2, 29 KOs)
“School’s in session on Saturday night. I’ll be the teacher.
“Sergei has a good record and in order to go to the next level this type of competition is necessary. Sergei doesn’t have the credentials I have, but he is a good fighter and should not be overlooked.
“God willing, if I get past Liakhovich on Saturday, I will be ready for any of the other heavyweight champions, including Hasim Rahman.
“You have no idea how much it means to me to be fighting in the birthplace of Michael ‘Dynamite’ Dokes. It makes it that much more special that the last heavyweight championship fight in the Cleveland area in 1983 featured Michael.
“This is the best training camp that I have had since the death of my trainer Bill Slayton.”
BREWSTER’S TRAINER, BUDDY MCGIRT
“We started training camp in January. He has had exceptional sparring. Lamon’s confidence level has grown and he is doing things that come natural to him. We are bringing out his natural talent.
“Whether or not this fight goes 12 rounds is up to Liakhovich.
“If Lamon has to bite down, he will bite down. I am not doubting Sergei. But everyone knows how Lamon can punch. Sergei was knocked out by someone who doesn’t punch as hard as Lamon (Maurice Harris).”
SERGEI “THE WHITE WOLF” LIAKHOVICH (22-1, 14 KOs)
“I am in very good condition and I am prepared for anything Brewster brings. I’m relaxed. I am perfectly focused. Kenny Weldon and I have gone through lots of possible scenarios for this fight. Our team really got together and we had the best camp we’ve ever had. I was paired up with the best sparring partners.
“I don’t care what Lamon’s doing. I am ready.
“I don’t like to talk about where I grew up. These fighters who say they’re from the streets can go send someone to my neighborhood and see it for themselves.
“My friends and family in Belarus will all go to a night club to watch the fight. They will be up at 8 a.m. to see it. A win by me on Saturday night would bring much happiness to my country.”
LIAKHOVICH’S TRAINER, KENNY WELDON
“Lamon has had it easy. Sergei has lived in places that make Harlem look like a palace. Every fighter that goes into the ring has a street mentality. Every fighter comes to win.
“Sergei is a better fighter than Brewster. Much better. He has better moves. He’s quicker. He is a complete fighter. Sergei has only been knocked out three times in his career and that includes 150 amateur fights. ”