STIVERNE: “I’m Going To Chop Wilder Down”

LAS VEGAS (January 7, 2015) – World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) has trained to hurt, not just knockout, undefeated, mandatory challenger Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), January 17 in his first defense of the Vitali Klitschko-vacated title he captured last May with his sixth-round technical knocked of Chris Arreola (35-4).

The 12-round Stiverne-Wilder championship fight headlines “Return To Glory,” co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Don King Productions, airing live on Showtime Championship Boxing (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) from MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Much of the fight hype has surrounded the trash-talking Wilder, the 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist from Alabama, and his bid to become the first American to hold a portion of the world heavyweight title since Shannon Briggs more than eight years ago.

“No, it (Wilder’s trash talk) doesn’t bother me,” Stiverne said. “I’m focused on beating him. I’m not going to just knock him out, I’m going to hurt that kid. His job, I guess, is to make himself big by talking; I feel like I’m fighting Muhammad Ali (Stiverne joked). He’s a great promoter, better than his or my promoter. There’s a lot of hype about him and that’s great for our fight because it’ll come down to everybody knowing who beat him after the fight.”

Wilder’s critics question the quality of his 32 opponents and the fact he hasn’t fought past four rounds. Stiverne, though, is happy to let his fists do the talking when he faces the 6′ 7″ Wilder in the ring.

“I don’t say anything about who he’s fought or him not going past four rounds,” Stiverne explained. “Those questions should be directed to him. I really don’t care. I’m going to chop him down and, if those things are factors, it’ll show in our fight. I’m just doing my job. I’ve been down and came back to knockout my opponent. I’ve also won 12 rounds fights. I know I still have power in later rounds.”

“Bermane and I have discussed this fight, of course, and he told me this guy is a clown and that Wilder thinks this is the WWE,” Stiverne’s manager Camille Estephan commented. “This fight is for real, no joke, and Bermane is ready. He really dislikes this guy and I believe him when he says he’s going to hurt Wilder.”

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COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

Wilder loves to clown have fun and act silly, totally different than the king of bangers,....Big George who was the Afro Samurai of the heavyweight division. Always chasing the No. 1 headband with the demeanor of jaded assassin. (you don't know anything about that), Wilder presents a welcome dichotomy of intentions. He wants to please and entertain his fans and crush the opposition at the same time. I have the feeling that Stiverne is offended that anyone is actually giving Wilder a chance... of course he wants to show Wilder a thing or two. regardless of who wins, I just hope the fight goes more than 2 or 3 rounds.


-Skibbz :

Me too and I think it will BSuge. I can see Stiverne inviting Wilder to lead and then punishing him. I think it'll be an overhand right that will come from high or a left hook. Wilder's going to be on the deck before 4. Also this begs the questions when will we see a real challenger to kitschko? For my money both these guys fall short, wilder considerably.


-Skibbz :

Me too and I think it will BSuge. I can see Stiverne inviting Wilder to lead and then punishing him. I think it'll be an overhand right that will come from high or a left hook. Wilder's going to be on the deck before 4. Also this begs the questions when will we see a real challenger to kitschko? For my money both these guys fall short, wilder considerably.


-brownsugar :

Agreed Skibbz, Klitschko is in the Zone right now,... But I could see Stiverne taking advantage of any lack of focus on WK's part, It's not likely to happen, but it's a not so remote possiblilty. WK would likely use his legs, his long jab and a few choice rights to take the fight going away by a decent margin.... WK would not try to be a hero vs Stiverne, he knows the dangers.


-brownsugar :

A real challenger is approximately 3.4 years away by my reckoning, when WK retires. .. and the other challengers finally become skilled enough. lol...


-Radam G :

Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum! D'Wild is going to smell the blood of a Haitian. And get knocked da double fudge out like a bum. Hehe! Holla!


-The Commish :

A real challenger is approximately 3.4 years away by my reckoning, when WK retires. .. and the other challengers finally become skilled enough. lol...
A real challenger is closer to 3-4 days away than 3-4 years. His name is Deontay Wilder. When he lands his right the way Cris Arreola landed it on B-Ware's oversized target, it's Goodnight, Sweet Prince. -Randy G.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

A real challenger is closer to 3-4 days away than 3-4 years. His name is Deontay Wilder. When he lands his right the way Cris Arreola landed it on B-Ware's oversized target, it's Goodnight, Sweet Prince. -Randy G.
If it was only that simple. Wilder is going to have to possess more attributes and skills than just a right hand. Wilder better be ready, Stiverne is no joke when he is in shape and focused.


-dino da vinci :

I watched every piece of video that youtube had to offer. I came away with this: B-Ware, with no further growth as a technician, is the second best heavyweight in the world. There's a system I use and when a fighter has been built up on guys who link to Tony Petronelli* a junior welterweight from a lifetime ago, somebody hasn't done their job. Wilder is technically unsound, has no rounds against quality opposition when the bright lights are shining, and is going to be very angry with the people around him if this fight goes the way I believe it will. *Tony's dad and uncle trained me for a bit. The man was a world class 140 pounder, having fought ATG Wilfredo Benitez. But guys that fought Tony and go on and get older and make there way to the heavyweight division are there to pick up pocket money, not become heavyweight champion of the world. Lastly, the Scott fight turned my stomach. Got to see it in slow motion on youtube. Just as I thought when I first seen it. Mickey Roarke's people must have did the matchmaking. People using this kids name alongside ring legends George Foreman and Mike Tyson are going to be greatly disappointed.


-stormcentre :

Dude (Wilder) sure pulls his right hand back, holds it low, and telegraphs it (and has his head held nice and high) before sending it through; almost every time he starts to load and hunt. Lovely to meet guys that are predictable like that (in your own weight division of course :) and provided you don't get caught), as they're almost always a certainty for the counter right (as you either roll or block their right) and then left hook; which I think is Bermane's money punch. It's going to be interesting to see whether the majority of the bookmakers have it all wrong. I certainly wouldn't have Wilder as the favorite, and/or with the odds, that he currently has.


-The Commish :

I recently got to see him sparring. Gone were the telegraphed and wound up right hands. Gone was his lunging in. What I saw were long, stiff jabs, overhand rights and rights thrown straight down the middle and from alongside his right cheek, excellent movement and stamina which gave me the impression he will have a problem should this fight go the distance. Of course, in a fast-paced shootout, anything can happen. To either of them. -Randy G.


-dino da vinci :

Commish, if they knew it was broken, why did it take them so long to fix? I believe guys revert back to what they're most comfortable with when it turns into a war. Warring conditions heavily favor Stiverne. I'm sorry, but the lion share of that eye-popping 30-plus win, all by knockout are substandard PM.


-brownsugar :

I reviewed a few Wilder fights today. Firtha had the right approach forcing Wilder to back up who seemed just a bit uncomfortable reversing gears. I think Stiverne would fair much better keeping the hard hitter on the backfoot by taking the aggressive approach. Wilder tends to hook alot and throw roundhouse punches, turning his whole body into the blow where he usually hits opponents behind the ear since his reach is long enough to reach around the guard. He tends to flail also but the power is undeniably real. I saw an interesting vid on youtube, it was a short clip of Wilder sparring with David Haye, Haye who has vastly more experience than Wilder, stayed close, and since he has excellent upper body movement (bobbing and weaving) he was able to rock Wilder a couple of times with well placed counters. Wilder had to do a little dance to keep upright on one occasion and came right back flailing furiously with both hands but he couldn't land too many solid punches as Haye is good at rolling punches and staying inside Wildlers looping assault. When the fight was announced last year, I was very surprised that Wilder was ready to take the plunge so quickly, I thought the next step should have been against a dangerous but limited china chinned hitter like Travis Walker or the wide open Chris Arreola. Chris however made it clear he didn't want any parts of Wilder which is strange for the guy who normally will get inside the squared circle to face anybody. I thought Wilder would benefit from one more year while his management gradually upgraded his opponents. But the fight is here so there's is no turning back now. If Stiverne is confident enough to go after Wilder, maintain forward momentum and force mistakes it could be a short fight, but if he lays on the outside and tries to wait for a counter, he could eventually be caught by one of Wilders looping round-housing hooks on the side of the head. (many of the criticisms I've heard coming from the TSS readers were spoken by Mark Breland in the corner of some of Wilders fights.... "keep the hands up and work the jab instead of teeing off", He's being taught right but Wilder definitely has a propensity to do damage. By his own words, Wilder says "I like to crush bones, swell lips, and watch blood pumping out of a fighter face, ....I live for that sh#t". Even though Stiverne has the better technical skills it still remains to be seen what happens if Wilder catches him first. The "Fear Factor" or as RG would say, the "Fright Factor" could play a role if Stiverne gets stunned or surprised early. I'd say Wilder is a very live dog,.. this fight can't come soon enough.