If you’re ever in Indio, California than the place to be is the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. That was the ideal location of Friday’s fights on Showtime. The Golden Boy event was stacked with the future faces of boxing.
The main event featured Deontay Wilder facing Siarhei Liakhovich. Wilder at the time had 28 wins all coming by way of knockout, you had this feeling this fight would not go the distance. If you made that prediction before hand than you were on the money. The “Bronze Bomber” only needed a sole round to dispose of Liakhovich.
A quick one, two hurt Liakhovich and had him back peddling toward the ropes. The thudding right was next as the punch sent Liakhovich to the canvas. A scary moment watching Siarhei Liakohovich twitching on the ground with his eyes rolled back with heavy blinking. Liakhovich would get up on his own will though with a little assistance.
Deontay Wilder will now move on to bigger names in the heavyweight division as his quest for a world title is looking very promising. The next tier of opposition could include names such as Bermane Stiverne, winner of Chris Arreola vs Seth Mitchell, or the victor of David Haye vs Tyson Fury.
The co-main event featured Francisco Vargas taking on band camp member Brandon Bennett. Vargas was the stronger man coasting to a unanimous decision victory. The most exciting part of Brandon Bennett’s gameplan of the night was having Adrien Broner on hand to perform a rap during his ring entrance. Francisco Vargas however put on a great showcase with the crowd behind him without having to knockout his opponent.
Jermall Charlo made quick work of his foe in only two rounds by knocking out Antwone Smith.
Mr. Gary Russell Jr. also fought in an un-televised match against Juan Ruiz. Gary Russell Jr. of course displayed his speed en-route to an easy unanimous decision. The negative side to Gary Russell is he still has yet to elevate his competition and boxing fans are wondering when he will take his game to the next level with all the top notch talent is his arsenal.