WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he wants to KO Bermane Stiverne this Saturday night in their rematch at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) is the only fighter that has gone the distance with Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) since he turned pro in 2008, and he wants to make sure no one ever makes it the full distance with him.
Wilder, 32, is a solid favorite to defeat the 39-year-old Stiverne on Saturday.
Indeed, the boxing public views Stiverne as the sacrificial lamb for Wilder to slaughter in this rematch. The WBC has Stiverne as the No.1 mandatory challenger despite the fact that he hasn’t fought in 2 years.
”Stiverne was the only man to survive the ‘Alabama Slammer’ and avoid a knockout. When I knock him out, then nobody will be able to say they made it through against me. He was nothing but a lot of lumps and excuses after the first fight,” said Wilder.
If Wilders gets past Stiverne, he’ll next be fighting the winner of the co-feature bout between Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale and Eric Molina. The WBC ordered the winner of the Breazeale-Molina fight will be Wilder’s next mandatory challenger. The reason for the WCB giving Wilder back to back mandatory defenses is due to him not fighting his mandatory challenger since he won the WBC title in January 2015. Wilder was supposed to defend against his WBC mandatory last year against Alexander Povetkin, but he tested positive for a banned drug.
“It’s been a long road for me. I’ve had my ups and my downs. The ups I’ve celebrated, but the downs have hurt the most. It’s all led me to here. All I ever wanted to do is prove to the world that I am the best. I am the baddest. I hit the hardest. I am the most feared. My record speaks for itself,” said Wilder.
“Winner takes all. I am a man of my word. We’ve heard Bermane Stiverne say these same things before. We’ve heard it all before. What happened the first time? Everybody knows. Hopefully he doesn’t get dehydrated this time.
“This just turned up into a whole other level. The ambulance better be ready. The medical teams better be ready. The referee better be ready. They better have that towel to be able to throw it in because every blow is going to mean something. This just got even more personal.
“There’s nothing different that he can bring to the table. He brought everything he could bring the first time. He brought all his tricks – all his power. There’s nothing he’s going to be able to do this time. The only thing he’s going to be able to do is pick his spot on the ground where he’s going to lay at.”
“I do my talking and my walking in that ring. That’s what it’s all about. That’s why we’re here. November 4 the truth with reveal itself. That’s when it counts. When Deontay Wilder speaks, I mean what I say. But I’m going to show you, instead of tell you, on Saturday night.
“This will be an electrifying fight. That belt isn’t going anywhere. I will unify the division. I will be the undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”