Deontay Wilder gets bout with former WBO Heavyweight Champ

Boxer Deontay Wilder of the USA is put through his paces during a workout at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, England, Wednesday April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Deontay Wilder's quest for a title shot will go through a former champ.

The Tuscaloosa born fighter has a bout with Siarhei Liakhovich later this summer in California. Liakhovich held the WBO heavyweight title in 2006.

Wilder is ranked as the No. 8 contender for the WBA heavyweight crown. He's 28-0 with 28 knockouts, including a first round TKO of Audley Harrison in April.

Wilder's match with Liakhovich is set for August 9th in California. The fight will be broadcast on Showtime cable.