Stiverne and King Hold Explanatory Presser

FORMER WBC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION BERMANE STIVERNE, HALL OF FAME PROMOTER DON KING, TRAINER DON HOUSE MEET THE MEDIA TO DISCUSS BOXER’S CONDITION, FUTURE FOLLOWING HIS LOSS TO DONTAY WILDER ON SATURDAY NIGHT

Press Conference Quotes; Monday, Jan. 19, at MGM Grand

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 19, 2015) –Two nights after being hospitalized following his loss to unbeaten challenger Deontay Wilder on SHOWTIME® from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, former WBC Heavyweight Champion Bermane Stiverne, his Hall of Fame promoter, Don King, and his trainer, Don House, hosted a press conference late today at the MGM Grand.

Here’s what they had to say:

PROMOTER DON KING

“We called this press conference because the Bermane we saw on Saturday night was not the Bermane we all know. Deontay Wilder did a very good job; this is not a press conference for excuses, it is for fact. The doctors at the hospital of the UMC said that he had a severe case of dehydration. His muscles were not working and they thought he had blood in his urine, so they took some tests and held him in the hospital until this morning.

“We want to applaud Deontay Wilder for doing his job, but the man before him was handicapped and unable to do his job, but that should not take anything away from his victory. Deontay performed and did a great job. It is unfortunate, but Bermane will have to do it another day. Knowing the champion we have in Deontay has so eloquently stated that he will take on anybody, I am certain without any equivocation he would grant a rematch with the real Bermane than the man who was handicapped in the ring, not taking away the victory he had and the way he shined.

“We praise Deontay and hope he can be champion long enough to where we can have a rematch of the ‘Return to Glory.’

“Just like our great military, when they get knocked down, they get back up again. Even with his severe dehydration Bermane still stood there for 12 rounds.

“We want to thank Richard Sturm, President of MGM Grand entertainment and Stephen Espinoza with SHOWTIME Boxing for playing a major part in getting this program together. We applaud both our staff and the MGM staff for doing a commendable job for making this happen. The spirit for ‘Return to Glory’ was high. We had a great card with Amir Imam in the fight of the night, getting knocked down and getting back up. All of the fights were exceptional. It was a good night of boxing for the fans and that is what we are really about.

“Don House so eloquently stated the health of Bermane is so important so when I found out he was in the hospital, I went to stay the day there with him because usually we just send them to the hospital to get checked out, but they decided to hold him. When they decided to hold him, I had to get over there and see my fighter. The staff was terrific and very gracious to me and very definitive about what could be wrong and investigating all aspects. They said he is healthy and should take off a month or so to get some rest and then get to work to prepare for his return to glory and recapture the heavyweight crown that is currently held by a great champion named Deontay Wilder.”

BERMANE STIVERNE

“I want to apologize for not making the post-fight press conference. Unfortunately I was not able to perform in the fight like I wanted to due to severe dehydration and muscle damage. I did not know it was that serious until they told me. I could have died from it. I am happy to just be myself, walk and talk again. Thank God for this, that’s really what matters to me to be healthy right now.

“I did not know the severity of it Saturday night. I was able to give the people a good show, 12 rounds of boxing. If I had to do it again I would do it again. This is not the end for me. I will give it a couple weeks and then get back to work. I have a vision for this, but right now it’s just on pause. It’s just a matter of time before I will get back on my feet and walk again. When it comes to my health, I have been released from the hospital. They would not let me leave until I was sufficiently hydrated. I am grateful. Thank you to my promoter and trainer, everyone who has welcomed me.

“To my fans, I apologize for not being able to perform like Bermane usually does. I know that people who really know me, know how I fight. My last fight with Chris Arreola, I gave you a good show. It is unfortunate that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do with my fight with Deontay Wilder. I want to congratulate him, he fought a good fight. Hopefully somewhere in the future we will meet again.

“Thanks everyone for coming out to the press conference, I am back on my feet 100 percent right now. I just need a couple of weeks or a month of rest to be back where I left off.”

DON HOUSE, Stiverne’s Trainer

“Thank you guys for coming out. The most important thing is that Bermane is OK. That is my main concern. I noticed somewhere in the fight, probably around the third or fourth round, something wasn’t right. Even though he told me he was OK, we all know Bermane. I don’t mind losing a fight, but I knew something wasn’t right, so I was very concerned. Around the ninth or 10th round I was thinking to stop the fight because you don’t have to continue, but he wanted to keep fighting.

“You didn’t see Bermane, you saw maybe 10-15 percent of Bermane. I really believe and really felt this should have been a decent fight for Bermane, but would last four rounds or less because his power and speed. We never underestimated him. We trained as if he was fighting King Kong. I train every fighter like that, underestimate no one. But Saturday night, we had about 15 percent of Bermane.

“We are going to look back, see what we did wrong, how we can do things better, what we should have done. We will take a look at how the dehydration may have happened. We will take a look at the fight and some of the things we did in training and find out what we did wrong.”

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“RETURN TO GLORY”: STIVERNE VS. WILDER, a 12-round fight for Stiverne’s WBC Heavyweight Championship took place Saturday, Jan. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and was 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 defended against Jesus Ruiz and undefeated Amir Imam faced Fidel Maldonado Jr. in a 10-round super lightweight bout for the WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight Title. The event took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., and will aired live on SHOWTIME (10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT). The telecast was also available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts were televised live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® (8:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

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COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

How does a heavyweight get dehydrated when there is no weight limit? No. 2 when a fighter is pushing himself past his limits of physical tolerance to the point he gets dehydrated. Who's fault is it. Sorry Stiverne even if your excuse is valid it doesn't detract from Wilders performance. I have no doubt you'd lose even worse than the first time if you fought again.. what will be the excuse then? The moment is over and you fell short regardless of the reason. Have some dignity for Chrissakes.


-deepwater2 :

How does a heavyweight get dehydrated when there is no weight limit? No. 2 when a fighter is pushing himself past his limits of physical tolerance to the point he gets dehydrated. Who's fault is it. Sorry Stiverne even if your excuse is valid it doesn't detract from Wilders performance. I have no doubt you'd lose even worse than the first time if you fought again.. what will be the excuse then? The moment is over and you fell short regardless of the reason. Have some dignity for Chrissakes.
If he was eating a whole jar of ragu sauce every meal with the white pasta then he had a whopping 4,788.7 mg of sodium per serving. How many servings in 1 bottle,6? 28732 every night will dehydrate an elephant. Hire that man a chef and eat some fish and veggies for crying out loud.


-brownsugar :

If he was eating a whole jar of ragu sauce every meal with the white pasta then he had a whopping 4,788.7 mg of sodium per serving. How many servings in 1 bottle,6? 28732 every night will dehydrate an elephant. Hire that man a chef and eat some fish and veggies for crying out loud.
Even more reason for Stiverne to keep his morbid gluttony to himself. He might as well have shot himself in the foot. That kind of ignorance and lack of discipline is unforgivable.


-deepwater2 :

Even more reason for Stiverne to keep his morbid gluttony to himself. He might as well have shot himself in the foot. That kind of ignorance and lack of discipline is unforgivable.
Why didn't one man just say,hey no you dont! you can have whole wheat pasta and some fresh tomato sauce with garlic and no salt. at the top level one professional should know what is what. pretty lame.


-stormcentre :

C'mon guys be reasonable. He was dehydrated from all the hot air bellowing from King's (most elevated) hamburger hole.


-Radam G :

How does a heavyweight get dehydrated when there is no weight limit? No. 2 when a fighter is pushing himself past his limits of physical tolerance to the point he gets dehydrated. Who's fault is it. Sorry Stiverne even if your excuse is valid it doesn't detract from Wilders performance. I have no doubt you'd lose even worse than the first time if you fought again.. what will be the excuse then? The moment is over and you fell short regardless of the reason. Have some dignity for Chrissakes.
It happens all the times. You get dehydrated from drinking too many carbonated drinks, drinking of that bad tap water that has a lack of potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and absolutely no sodium and/or electrolytes. Plus you get dehydrated by not chowing down on enough natural Mother Nature's watery types of whole foods like organic, raw fruits, veggie and fish, which have mad everything that you need. Lastly being in front of an air condition and heater bone dries your arse. Natural fire heat and a fan blowing out the air are better -- NO! Best! B-Ware could have increase his watermelon and beets intake and been fine. He apparent got muscle damage from excess eating of red meat. Did not anybody notice how B-Ware had no Gatorade or jive like that in his corner. FYI, that is allowed. Holla!


-Radam G :

C'mon guys be reasonable. He was dehydrated from all the hot air bellowing from King's (most elevated) hamburger hole.
Hehehehe! Funny as heck! But hot air does quickly dehydrated you. Holla!


-Radam G :

FYI, Rev. (Big) George Foreman was diagnosed as dehydrated when he was delusional in the dressing room after his bout with Jimmy Young. Check the records. Thick fighters are quicker to get dehydrated than thin ones are. Ernest Shaver was diagnosed as dehydrated against Randy "Tex" Cobb. Doc Wlad K got dehydrated when fighting L Brewster and the late "Sniper." I can find and name tons more. But you get my point. Holla!


-The Commish :

FYI, Rev. (Big) George Foreman was diagnosed as dehydrated when he was delusional in the dressing room after his bout with Jimmy Young. Check the records. Thick fighters are quicker to get dehydrated than thin ones are. Ernest Shaver was diagnosed as dehydrated against Randy "Tex" Cobb. Doc Wlad K got dehydrated when fighting L Brewster and the late "Sniper." I can find and name tons more. But you get my point. Holla!
Excellent examples, Radam. What's amazing about Foreman's loss to Young is that Foreman swears he was "spoken to" after the fight by otherworldy voices, and those voices convinced him to become a "believer." He did exactly that. I asked him a few weeks ago about his post-fight recollections of that night, and they haven't changed one bit. As for Stiverne, I don't believe he had the best training camp of his career. As for the challenger and new champion, he DID have his best camp. Even a broken hand didn't stop him from winning the title. Dehydration --along with a man named Deontay Wilder--kept Stiverne from successfully defending it. -Randy G.


-Radam G :

Excellent examples, Radam. What's amazing about Foreman's loss to Young is that Foreman swears he was "spoken to" after the fight by otherworldy voices, and those voices convinced him to become a "believer." He did exactly that. I asked him a few weeks ago about his post-fight recollections of that night, and they haven't changed one bit. As for Stiverne, I don't believe he had the best training camp of his career. As for the challenger and new champion, he DID have his best camp. Even a broken hand didn't stop him from winning the title. Dehydration --along with a man named Deontay Wilder--kept Stiverne from successfully defending it. -Randy G.
No doubt that D-Wild will always have a great camp. My childhood idol Mark Breland will accept nothing less. At the top of the game of boxing, you cannot half @$$ it. B-Ware try that. And he lost. From what I've heard from way, way back in da day, a young "Big" George Foreman tried that and he lost. And saw "God" and "death." Dehydration and your brain being knocked against your cranium will make you see things. B-Ware told D-Wild about D-Wild'$ eye being red. Holla!


-brownsugar :

Some great comments on this thread. Nothing like breaking off a piece of the TSS before bedtime. Like milk and cookies.


-Radam G :

Excellent examples, Radam. What's amazing about Foreman's loss to Young is that Foreman swears he was "spoken to" after the fight by otherworldy voices, and those voices convinced him to become a "believer." He did exactly that. I asked him a few weeks ago about his post-fight recollections of that night, and they haven't changed one bit. As for Stiverne, I don't believe he had the best training camp of his career. As for the challenger and new champion, he DID have his best camp. Even a broken hand didn't stop him from winning the title. Dehydration --along with a man named Deontay Wilder--kept Stiverne from successfully defending it. -Randy G.
No doubt that D-Wild will always have a great camp. My childhood idol Mark Breland will accept nothing less. At the top of the game of boxing, you cannot half @$$ it. B-Ware try that. And he lost. From what I've heard from way, way back in da day, a young "Big" George Foreman tried that half @$$ing and he lost. And saw "God" and "death." Dehydration and your brain being knocked against your cranium will make you see things. B-Ware told D-Wild about D-Wild'$ eye being red. Dehydration = delirium. Holla!


-stormcentre :

FYI, Rev. (Big) George Foreman was diagnosed as dehydrated when he was delusional in the dressing room after his bout with Jimmy Young. Check the records. Thick fighters are quicker to get dehydrated than thin ones are. Ernest Shaver was diagnosed as dehydrated against Randy "Tex" Cobb. Doc Wlad K got dehydrated when fighting L Brewster and the late "Sniper." I can find and name tons more. But you get my point. Holla!
Now I know I live in a foiled up window caravan fitted out with a full tilt meth lab, never sleep, have little creatures living under my skin, have been abducted by aliens more than once, and am starting to love it; so call me a crack head if you like. But . . . . I thought the symptoms of dehydration - particularly in large men like heavyweights - can also be very similar to various other ailments as well. Of which stress and nervous tension are components. Doctors making a diagnosis in the change room before a fight aren't exactly using all the medical fraternities intelligence and might. WTF, what do I know. I am just making this rap up as I go along because then the voices in my head are quiet and the creatures under my skin go to sleep and don't need to be extracted/picked out. Oh, by the way; does anyone have a bunsen burner, and both a graduated and erlenmeyer flask I can borrow? I have a big order coming in these next 4 days, and once that's done the streets are going feel like NWA is back in the hood laying it down good Easy-e and Dr. Dre style. Perhaps I should go out, get down, and click in, with some of JT's buddies - you never know they may have connections, get into the flow, and discover luck with some cool stuff that fell clean of the back of a truck. Robin Hood style Then, perhaps not, as I may get shot. And even though I just got out of the correctional facility this poor little misguided soul still don't want to limit his professional ability. :cool:


-Radam G :

Now I know I live in a foiled up window caravan fitted out with a full tilt meth lab, never sleep, have little creatures living under my skin, have been abducted by aliens more than once, and am starting to love it; so call me a crack head if you like. But . . . . I thought the symptoms of dehydration - particularly in large men like heavyweights - can also be very similar to various other ailments as well. Of which stress and nervous tension are components. Doctors making a diagnosis in the change room before a fight aren't exactly using all the medical fraternities intelligence and might. WTF, what do I know. I am just making this rap up as I go along because then the voices in my head are quiet and the creatures under my skin go to sleep and don't need to be extracted/picked out. Oh, by the way; does anyone have a bunsen burner, and both a graduated and erlenmeyer flask I can borrow? I have a big order coming in these next 4 days, and once that's done the streets are going feel like NWA is back in the hood laying it down good Easy-e and Dr. Dre style. Perhaps I should go out, get down, and click in, with some of JT's buddies - you never know they may have connections, get into the flow, and discover luck with some cool stuff that fell clean of the back of a truck. Robin Hood style Then, perhaps not, as I may get shot. And even though I just got out of the correctional facility this poor little misguided soul still don't want to limit his professional ability. :cool:
Hehehehe! Holla!