Stiverne-Wilder Still On Track

Stiverne-Wilder

We had a bit of blue sky, some sunny rays breaking through a couple months back, scenes from a Klitschko-free heavyweight division. Seems like eons ago, but there was a bit of buzz when Bermane Stiverne snagged the up for grabs WBC heavyweight title, when he stopped Chris Arreola (TKO6) in a May clash which took place in Cali and ran on ESPN.

That blue sky has hazed over some, as time has passed, interest has shifted, and the division has regressed back into its default status: buzz-free. Momentary blips of adrenaline sometimes surge, then drop back when a fight that maybe could have been interesting (a la Bryant Jennings-Mike Perez) underwhelms, or a fight that at the least keeps the division on radar, however weakly, gets put off (a la Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev, which was put off because of a Wlad injury). Which brings us to yet another one that will, for sure, grab some eyeballs when (and if?) it gets made: a Bermane Stiverne vs. Deontay Wilder (ranked No. 1 by WBC) faceoff.

Stiverne has been worried of late that Wilder might be dodging this contest, might look for an easier route to grab a belt. I reached out to the Haitian-born hitter's manager, the Canadian promoter Camille Estephan, who helps guide the Stiverne ship with the inimitable and irrepressible Don King. So, Camille, are we going to see a Stiverne-Wilder fight, or what? Time's a wasting, momentum stalls…where we at?

“The purse bid for that fight was postponed to October 1,” Estephan told me. “We have 90 days from the bid date for the fight to happen. I'm happy about the fight happening in 2014.”

So, there ya go…a glimmer of light.

Any idea who wins the bid, King, Wilder's promoter Golden Boy, a wild card entrant like Roc Nation?

“A lot of speculation at this stage,” Estephan answered. “We don't know yet, but there is a lot of interest in this fight.”

On the Wilder side, his advisor/cornerman Jay Deas, the Alabaman, said he too is hopeful the fight gets made for 2014. “We should know by Oct. 5 all the details of when and where,” he told me.

A call to Don King's office was not returned, which is not unusual these days…

Good deal; I urge all parties to get 'er done and book the darned thing. This is more than ever an out of sight, out of mind business. You don't fight, you don't stay relevant, IMO.

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-The Commish :

The purse bid for Bermane Stiverne-Deontay Wilderwas put off from Sept. 12 to October 1 because Stiverne needed more time for a hand--injured in the win over Arreola--to heal. At least, that's what we were told. If you check out Stiverne's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, done around late August, you'll see what is probably the real reaason why the purse big was pushed to October 1--the excess baggage Stiverne had packed on during the Summer of 2014. While he fought Arreola at 238 1/2, he was nowhere near that weight in the video. A guessimate here would put his weight at close to 275 in that video. Also, I'm sure he didn't head right to the gym after that was shot. My guess is Stiverne topped out around 300 pounds as purse bid time drew close. Not wanting Stiverne to have just 90 days to prepare for the biggest fight of his career in that time span, and realistically figuring he wouldn't begin serious training until the end of September, Don King and Camille Estephan discussed the situation and put off the purse big for a few weeks. If we hear the purse big had been postponed again, we will know it's not because Stiverne's hand is still healing. It'll be because he is still packing chunk on his trunk and won't be ready to face the undefeated Wilder until January or even February. Stay tuned. October 1 is moving up fast. -Randy G.


-SouthPawFlo :

Stiverne is Outta Shape!!! But this is a fight I wanna see, I wanna see how Wilder Responds to being under Pressure, I wanna see if Stiverne can Handle a Big Shot and I wanna see if Mentally Wilder can Last more than 4 rounds in a fight


-The Commish :

Stiverne is Outta Shape!!! But this is a fight I wanna see, I wanna see how Wilder Responds to being under Pressure, I wanna see if Stiverne can Handle a Big Shot and I wanna see if Mentally Wilder can Last more than 4 rounds in a fight
We all want to see the same thing. Only, the team of King/Estephan want to see that with an in-shape Stiverne, not a Stiverne which looks more like the "Haitian Inflation" than the "Haitian Sensation." -Randy G.


-brownsugar :

Hard to believe he would let himself go like that. A man that young shouldn't be able to put on flab that fast.....its not healthy......I take that back... Ricky Hatton could work wonders with guiness, fish & chips.


-Radam G :

We all want to see the same thing. Only, the team of King/Estephan want to see that with an in-shape Stiverne, not a Stiverne which looks more like the "Haitian Inflation" than the "Haitian Sensation." -Randy G.
Hehehehe! I don't know how you did, but you did. Are you hollering at my boy magic man/master illusionist David Blaine? Dude is over here in the P-Islands and he somehow straight-up stole my thought and proved it by letting you write similar to what I was going to be posting: "Muthasucka is the 'Haitian Inflation,' not the 'Haitian Sensation.' He ought to come to the P-Islands and holla at a dieting vocation...If he doesn't cut out the hogging, he will ready for D-Wild cremation...." I do not believe in magic. So Imma just say that you and David B somehow jived and connived my thoughts. And probably sneaked in a phone to one another. If dat illusionist muthamagic dude does it again, I will be calling your show Friday, and telling you that I BELIEVE in MAGIC. Hehehe! Holla!


-Radam G :

Hard to believe he would let himself go like that. A man that young shouldn't be able to put on flab that fast.....its not healthy......I take that back... Ricky Hatton could work wonders with guiness, fish & chips.
YOUNG? Dude is mature -- to the tune of almost being old -- for professional, pugistic scrapping. Near 36 years old is no spring Elephant in any avenue of sports. Hehe! Holla!


-amayseng :

This is an intriguing scrap, hopefully these two make it happen. I have a feeling one way or another it does not go down


-The Commish :

This is an intriguing scrap, hopefully these two make it happen. I have a feeling one way or another it does not go down
Hmm. Why do you feel that? I just spoke with Wilder. He said everything is on track for a purse bid on October 1. We shall see. -Randy G.


-amayseng :

Hmm. Why do you feel that? I just spoke with Wilder. He said everything is on track for a purse bid on October 1. We shall see. -Randy G.
For one because it was already postponed for a vague reason... secondly, I am looking forward to it as that is just my luck...ha


-deepwater2 :

tsAH does not want a purse bid. He is behind the scenes making moves. He is also sending Stiverne, Peter Lugar steaks to keep him heavy. Don King wants an easy defense or two before BS is put in a live fight. Between tsAH and Don King I don't see this fight happening anytime soon.


-The Commish :

Hehehehe! I don't know how you did, but you did. Are you hollering at my boy magic man/master illusionist David Blaine? Dude is over here in the P-Islands and he somehow straight-up stole my thought and proved it by letting you write similar to what I was going to be posting: "Muthasucka is the 'Haitian Inflation,' not the 'Haitian Sensation.' He ought to come to the P-Islands and holla at a dieting vocation...If he doesn't cut out the hogging, he will ready for D-Wild cremation...." I do not believe in magic. So Imma just say that you and David B somehow jived and connived my thoughts. And probably sneaked in a phone to one another. If dat illusionist muthamagic dude does it again, I will be calling your show Friday, and telling you that I BELIEVE in MAGIC. Hehehe! Holla!
Lol. I have a tap on your phone. I heard you talking about the 'Haitian Inflation," so I stole it before you could use it! -Randy G.


-thegreyman :

I'm with Deep on this one. The fight will be delayed and postponed until Deontay gets bored and takes a different fight. The Bermane will take a more straightforward defence, earning himself and King some money. King knows how to exploit a heavyweight champion for dosh, and I'm sure he knows the best was is not to rush him into a highly dangerous fight. As a fight fan, I'm unfortunately used to not seeing the bouts I want to see. One day though, The Bronze Bomber will be tested... One day


-The Commish :

I am still very much of the believe this fight will happen... Maybe not this year, but it will happen by March. -Randy G.