Deontay Wilder gained another first round stoppage victory on Friday night

Last Updated: 10/08/13 4:50pm

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Deontay Wilder: Proved once again his undoubted power

Deontay Wilder: Proved once again his undoubted power

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Deontay Wilder extended his unbeaten record to 29 consecutive stoppage victories when he destroyed former world champion Serhei Liakhovich on Friday night.

Wilder has still not been taken beyond four rounds since turning pro in late 2008 after he picked up a heavyweight bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics.

Liakhovich served merely to act as a 'name' on his resume with the 37-year-old Scottsdale resident largely inactive since briefly holding the WBO title in 2006.

And so it proved with Wilder landing two hellacious right hands on the Belarus-born Liakhovich, who was timed out at one minute 43 seconds of the opening round and remained flat on his back for a further minute before regaining his feet.

"I'm just blessed with tremendous power,'' said Wilder. "I don't depend on it, but it is there. I think my secret isn't power. It's my speed. I think people hear about all my KO's and tend to overlook that.

"I think all my KO's are helping me get a lot of people's attention and I love that. I embrace it. I think more people are now starting to feel that maybe I can be the guy who brings the heavyweight title back to America. Honestly, I would love to be that guy.''

Wilder, 27, will be stepped up over the next 12 months and is being lined up to face the winner of the all-American clash between Cris Arreola and Seth Mitchell later this year.

He was last seen blasting out Audley Harrison inside a round in Sheffield in April and although still crude his undoubted power clearly makes him a force to be reckoned with.

Wilder is already ranked in the top-10 by the WBA and WBO and victory over Arreola or Mitchell would put him in world title contention.

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