WILDER: “I’m Going To Hurt Stiverne”

BERMANE STIVERNE, DEONTAY WILDER, PROMOTER DON KING
AND “RETURN TO GLORY” UNDERCARD FIGHTERS
MAKE GRAND ARRIVALS AT MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS

Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 13, 2015) – “RETURN TO GLORY: Stiverne vs. Wilder” fight week is officially here as WBC Heavyweight World Champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne, undefeated No. 1 challenger Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, Hallof Fame promoter Don King, WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz and all the fighters on the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) this Saturday, Jan. 17, made their grand arrivals at MGM Grand this afternoon.

Here is what the fighters had to say upon their arrivals in Las Vegas Tuesday:

BERMANE STIVERNE , WBC Heavyweight World Champion

“I really don’t feel any emotions towards Deontay Wilder. The most important thing is for me to defend my world title.

“All the trash talking that he does doesn’t worry me. He doesn’t have anything that I want. I am the champ. This is fighting, this is boxing, this is for real. I keep my concentration on the fight.

“We trained like he was the champion. We didn’t talk about his past experience. We trained like he has gone 12 rounds before.

“I’m here to fight for the people. I fight to inspire people anywhere in the world, that’s my responsibility since I am the world champion.”

DEONTAY WILDER, Undefeated No.1 WBC Heavyweight Contender

“I need to let this beast inside of me out. I am so ready for this fight. We are bringing back the heavyweight division.

“Once I knock this guy out it will be on to the next guy for me. He will definitely go down, I’m going to hurt him bad.

“He has never faced someone with my athletic skills. My athleticism alone is going to hurt him.

“There is no better place to have a fight of this magnitude than in Las Vegas. The fight will be explosive, exciting and I will be bringing this heavyweight belt back to America.

“When you have so much animosity towards someone it makes for a great fight. Everything that I’ve said about him and all he has said about me will be settled on Saturday.”

LEO SANTA CRUZ, WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion

“I am always prepared going into every fight. I never underestimate any fighter because those are the ones that can hurt you.

“When you give them the opportunity they come prepared and hungry because they want to take the title away from you.

“Any fighter is dangerous in the ring; one punch could change a fight. Ruiz is a good fighter.

“I trained really hard for this fight as I always do. I am mentally and physically strong, and I’ve been working much more on my power heading into this fight.”

JESUS RUIZ, Super Bantamweight Contender

“I am very excited to be here. I promise you, come Saturday you will have a new world champion.

“I am motivated and looking forward to this fight. It’s an honor for me to be here and I am grateful for the opportunity.

“He’s [Santa Cruz] a fighter that we’re well aware of. I know his style and the way he fights but we’re ready and prepared to win.

“He is an explosive fighter and so am I. I don’t think either fighter has an advantage over the other. I think you’re going to see two strong Mexican fighters going at it, it’s going to be an exciting fight.”

AMIR IMAM, Super Lightweight Contender

“I’m really excited to be on the undercard of a big American heavyweight title fight. I’m coming here to take care of business and get out of there. I’m coming here to do what I do best.

“Boxing is what I do and we’re ready. All that matters is that I get the victory, but I definitely want to win impressively.

“I have big things lined up for 2015, but I need to first take care of business on Saturday.

“[Maldonado Jr.] is no pushover. I don’t look over any fighter. I take everybody seriously.”

FIDEL MALDONADO JR., Super Lightweight Contender

“I am very confident going into this fight. This has been my best training camp that I have had in my professional career, I’m ready.”

“This is the biggest fight I have ever been in and my best opportunity to prove that I belong and get exposure.

“I know that [Imam] was an Olympic alternate, he’s a good fighter. People are underestimating me, so I’m going to go in there and knock him out.”

DON KING, Hall of Fame Promoter

“This is the heavyweight title fight. We are bringing Las Vegas back again.

“We are happy to be back at the world capital of boxing. The current Mike Tyson, Bermane Stiverne, will be defending his world title here at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. If Bermane wins, we’re going to bring Tyson back out of retirement to fight him. This fight is the ‘Return to Glory.’ Boxing goes as the heavyweights go, and the heavyweight division is back. This is one of the biggest fights we have had in years.”

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“RETURN TO GLORY”: STIVERNE VS. WILDER, a 12-round fight for Stiverne’s WBC Heavyweight Championship taking place Saturday, Jan. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and Mexico – Live It To Believe It!. In the 12-round co-feature, unbeaten WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz defends against Jesus Ruiz and undefeated Amir Imam meets Fidel Maldonado Jr. in a 10-round super lightweight bout for the WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight Title. The event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., and will air live on SHOWTIME® (10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT). The telecast will also be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts will be televised live on SHOWTIME EXTREME (8:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Tickets for the event are on sale and priced at $500, $350, $250, $125 and $50, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person with a limit of four (4) at the $50 price range. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

COMMENTS

-The Commish :

I don't remember the last time I felt so much excitement in the days before a heavyweight title fight. I'm thinking it may have been the week leading up to the Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks unification bout in 1988. This one has my juices flowing! There are around 85 hours to go--as of this posting--before the opening bell! -Randy G.


-brownsugar :

Welcome back Commish...its been a while. Even though I have Stiverne as the favorite it would be a fantastic achievement if Wilder could pry the belt from Stiverne's numb fingers and transport it back to "Sweet Home Alabama". Stiverne was wrong about Oregon State as The Mighty Ohio State Buckeyes crushed Oregon to seize hold of the National championship. Hopefully Wilder can prove the pundits wrong by seizing hold of Stivernes belt. All it takes is for Stiverne to blink at the wrong time.


-stormcentre :


WILDER: "I'm Going To Hurt Stiverne"
Man, I hope so. Cause after all the singing, dancing, yelling and claims, if you don't you're going to need to see the same quack that deals with empty smack-talking that Broner is probably down with.


-thegreyman :

DEONTAY WILDER, Undefeated No.1 WBC Heavyweight Contender "When you have so much animosity towards someone it makes for a great fight. Everything that I've said about him and all he has said about me will be settled on Saturday." Why on earth would he feel any animosity towards Bermane? The man is nothing but humble and honest, plus he's the proven fighter. Deontay is nothing to Bermance, and that statement alone is enough to make me dislike him. DON KING, Hall of Fame Promoter "This is the heavyweight title fight. We are bringing Las Vegas back again. "We are happy to be back at the world capital of boxing. The current Mike Tyson, Bermane Stiverne, will be defending his world title here at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. If Bermane wins, we're going to bring Tyson back out of retirement to fight him. This fight is the 'Return to Glory.' Boxing goes as the heavyweights go, and the heavyweight division is back. This is one of the biggest fights we have had in years." Oh Don... You truely are an incredible man... Bringing Tyson out of retirement. Hanging with Don King is a rollercoaster ride with no speed limit


-deepwater2 :

Well I am anxious to see what will come of all this on Saturday night. The tickets are pretty cheap and ticket master still has some available in all sections. I never want to hear Tyson mentioned with Wilder or BS again except to say They are no Mike Tyson.


-brownsugar :

A roller coaster ride with no speed limit ... Priceless.


-deepwater2 :

Man, I hope so. Cause after all the singing, dancing, yelling and claims, if you don't you're going to need to see the same quack that deals with empty smack-talking that Broner is probably down with.
I watched that all access and wish I did not. It was too much and not in a good way. Besides the nonsense I see that BS was training with all boxing exercises and DW was doing strength and conditioning while sparring a human punching bag. If I was DW's coach I would ban weights and those exercises and have him working on boxing technique as much as possible . He is hard to look at when he is boxing. Running ,chopping wood,sparring ,shadow boxing,speed / heavy/ double end bag and more sparring. He needed to fight every month to hone his skills on his way up.


-Domenic :

I don't remember the last time I felt so much excitement in the days before a heavyweight title fight. I'm thinking it may have been the week leading up to the Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks unification bout in 1988. This one has my juices flowing! There are around 85 hours to go--as of this posting--before the opening bell! -Randy G.
Damn Commish! You're at Defcon 1 for this one. I was more amped for Lewis - Tyson, and even Lewis - Klitschko (the last great, and meaningful, heavyweight championship fight; occurred on regular HBO, not PPV), but interesting how highly you regard this one. I'll be tuned in for sure.


-Froggy :

Damn Commish! You're at Defcon 1 for this one. I was more amped for Lewis - Tyson, and even Lewis - Klitschko (the last great, and meaningful, heavyweight championship fight; occurred on regular HBO, not PPV), but interesting how highly you regard this one. I'll be tuned in for sure.
I agree, the last fight between two great heavyweights was Lewis vs V. Klitschko, the funny thing was Klitschko was filling in for the scheduled opponent and I am embarrassed I can't think of his name ! I should know since he is a fellow Canadian !


-Domenic :

I agree, the last fight between two great heavyweights was Lewis vs V. Klitschko, the funny thing was Klitschko was filling in for the scheduled opponent and I am embarrassed I can't think of his name ! I should know since he is a fellow Canadian !
You're right, it was Kirk Johnson. Vitali Klitschko was set to fight on the undercard, so when KJ backed out due to injury, the show went on with Vitali as his replacement. I think he stepped in about a week before. Think about it, 2 all time greats fighting on short notice, on regular HBO. Sure, question marks existed for Klitschko then, due to the Byrd fight, but he still was a 1 loss former strapholder who had steamrolled everyone but Byrd. We didn't know what we were getting when it happened. A bit like Jones-Hopkins 1, which also was on regular HBO as an undercard fight to a Bowe title defense in DC. But the Lewis-Klitschko ranks way up there as historically significant fights in the heavyweight division, certainly top 3-5 in the last 35 years or so.


-michigan400 :

Lewis vs KJ was scheduled to be a PPV. When Vitali stepped in, it went to just a single bout on HBO C.B. I remember going to look for the PPV, couldn't find it then was shocked to see it was on regular HBO. Then I was shocked to see what a decent scrap that was! Enjoyed very much. Even Vitali getting revenge on Sanders was a decent scrap. That golfer could punch!! And he nailed big bro a few times pretty good. I always wished the rematch would have happened but what can you do.


-michigan400 :

I'm probably in the minority here but I'm not that keen on B.S. I think he gets hit to much early in fights and doesn't do much punching until after 3 or 4 rounds. I see him getting hurt early and the ref stopping it or he just sits back and turns his offence off. Just my 2 cents. Been wrong before and I'll be wrong again!! LOL!! Either way, I just hope we get a good HW scrap!


-The Commish :

Welcome back Commish...its been a while. Even though I have Stiverne as the favorite it would be a fantastic achievement if Wilder could pry the belt from Stiverne's numb fingers and transport it back to "Sweet Home Alabama". Stiverne was wrong about Oregon State as The Mighty Ohio State Buckeyes crushed Oregon to seize hold of the National championship. Hopefully Wilder can prove the pundits wrong by seizing hold of Stivernes belt. All it takes is for Stiverne to blink at the wrong time.
QUOTE=brownsugar;74044]Welcome back Commish...its been a while. My schedule has changed a bit over the last few weeks. There have been trips to Florida (family stuff with my elderly dad) and good stuff like the birth of another grandkids (#10). There were some press conferences and a TV gig thrown in there, as well as my SiriusXM shows plus planning for a special show this Friday and a post-fight special on Saturday. All along, I've been reading every post on every thread on my Smart Phone, so I am totally up to speed on what's happening in the TSS universe. It's going to get even busier after Big D captures the title on Saturday. I have been speaking with him and his confidence is sky high. Don't get me wrong. He is not overconfident or looking past Stiverne in any way. He has sparred well over 100 rounds for this fight, in addition to having put in a training camp designed for elite athletes only. I am not going to be surprised if Wilder wins, nor will I be surprised if he does so quickly. I WILL be surprised if Stiverne wins. I just can't see him tagging Wilder with anything significant before Wilder gets to him. Yes, that stoppage against Demetrius King was awful. Quick trigger by the ref. But, if you watched it on Youtube, can you picture Wilder landing 12 right hands before an ending is called? I can't. Wilder hits a little but harder than Demetrius King. Or Don King, who will be headed into retirement after his heavyweight champ is crushed. Make no mistake. Bermane Stiverne will be crushed. For Stiverne fans, it is not going to be pretty. Deontay Wilder wants this fight more than he has ever wanted to win a fight. He has been training non-stop, with a day off here and there, since July for this fight. I am not taking anything away from Stiverne. He is a gifted fighter with a lot of skills. Although the man he'll be facing is granted--relatively untested--the two will test each other on Saturday. I believe that, when it comes to mano y mano, the bigger, younger, taller, just as fast and hard-hitting Deontay Wilder is going to win the WBC belt. "...and the NEW..." -Randy G.


-Buzz Murdock :

Elite training center, hasn't missed a day in the gym since time began, prays that he doesn't hurt his opponents too bad, is huge in size which he doesn't define with a jab, and will land first with one of his primo canera swooping punches off spindly legs that move backwards in an unbalanced manner. The guys already wrung tight, thinking he's carrying the promotion and that he is the second coming of the mythical American heavyweight. Dreams die hard, just ask Gerry Cooney. Stiverne by knock-out.


-brownsugar :

Glad to see you back on track on track...transitions can certainly be challenging Commish. yes I have Stiverne as the favorite to win but I'd be thrilled to see Wilder take the win. I think Mark has done a good job but will the tutelage hold up at this leve?l....I hope so.


-Glass Joe :

I too am really looking forward to this one. I took an informal poll at Wild Card on Tuesday and the results were split: half for Stiverne and half for Wilder. Each picked his fighter to KO the other. Interesting. Me? I think it's a toss up, as there are too many unanswered questioned about both fighters. But if I had to put money on it, I'd pick Stiverne. Jerry Cooney made a great point on the radio on Monday: There's no doubt Wilder has power, but look at his legs. He's all upper body. His KO percentage is impressive, but with apologies to Wilder opponent Nick Furtha (a friend from my boxing days in Akron, OH), Wilder knocking out guys like that tells me absolutely nothing. I really wonder how his power will impact a legit hvywt over time. I predict Stiverne will win by KO in the mid to late rounds. GJ