Former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) says he’s ready to beat WBC champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) on November 4 to avenge his loss from 2 years ago and take back his title.
Wilder and Stiverne will be fighting at the Barclays Center on Showtime Championship Boxing. Wilder, 31, is the favorite based on his size, power and him being the more active fighter.
Stiverne, 39, has fought only once since his loss to Wilder in 2015, and he’s coming into the fight 2 years of inactivity. There’s a big question mark hanging around over the head of Stiverne in the minds of a lot boxing fans, being that they don’t know what they’re going to get from him. Stiverne is likely still powerful despite his inactivity, but his stamina may be a problem.
It would have been in Stiverne’s best interest to take a couple of tune-up fights to get ready for the Wilder fight rather than taking it off of a –year layoff. You’ve got to blame the World Boxing Council though for them giving Stiverne a No.1 ranking with their organization. They’ve kept Stiverne ranked highly despite him not having fought since 2015
“In the first fight I had with Wilder,” said Stiverne. ”I was not 100% ready. I was having a bad time and I could not give everything of myself. This time, the training camp has gone well. I already know Wilder’s style and I know how to counter it. What is certain is that the public will see a great fight,” said Stiverne.
Stiverne was loading up on everything he threw at Wilder in 2015, and he was missing badly. Stiverne was trying too hard to knockout Wilder instead of focusing on being accurate with his punches. That was his mistake. It was a winnable fight for Stiverne, but he was too eager to KO Wilder like he had done against Chris Arreola in his previous fight.
Wilder will be making a mandatory defense against Stiverne. If he can win this fight, then it should give him some breathing room before he needs to make his next title defense in a year or two. The WBC may require that Wilder defend against Dillian Whyte in 2018 if he wins his fight this Saturday night against Robert Helenius at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Stiverne took a lot of punishment in the Wilder fight 2 years ago. He cannot afford to get hit that much by Wilder on November 4 if he wants to win. Wilder had a broken right hand in his previous fight with Stiverne, and that kept him from being able to load up on his punches the way he wanted to. This time it’s going to be a different story. Wilder will be at full strength, and he’s going to be looking to KO Stiverne as fast as he can.