Never one to sit idle, Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO), trained with Floyd Mayweather Sr. in Las Vegas recently. The two seemingly diverse personalities found some common threads. They both love boxing and they both like to win just as much. Sergei is thirsty to learn more of the mental aspects of the sports, more finesse and footwork. Mayweather thinks he is just the guy to teach Sergei the “slick-ness” as he puts it. Sergei was pleased with the time he spent with Mayweather and said he will return to Las Vegas in about 2 weeks to continue training with Floyd Sr.
Sergei commented about training with Mayweather, “I am not the type of person that can just sit around and wait. I have to keep busy. I needed to get in the ring and train. I feel I must always learn. I have what it takes and with the right teacher I can win the championship again. You have to use your mind as well as your body. Floyd can teach me the tricks to take my power and use it as a lighter, smaller fighter would. I feel he (Mayweather) can take me to a new level.”
Mayweather had this to say, “I see a lot of potential in Sergei. He’s a tough guy. He just needs to fine tune and refine, I can help him do that. I can help him slip and slide, give him the footwork, the “slick-ness” he needs to outclass the big heavyweights out there today. I can demonstrate, so that he can dominate. We have just begun, once he really starts training with me you’re gonna see a whole new Sergei.”
During Liakhovich’s heroic performance this past August against Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KO) the fierce heavyweight warrior certainly proved that he is worthy of future championship challenges. In the early rounds of that gutsy and bloody battle the former Heavyweight Champion’s nose was broken in two places but he continued to wage war in what would prove to be one of the most respect worthy, fan pleasing, boxing performances of the year.
An announcement for a fight in the first quarter of 2012 is expected to be made soon.