Bermane Stiverne Predicts Knockout Win Over Deontay Wilder

Bermane Stiverne told TSS he expects to knock out undefeated challenger Deontay Wilder whenever the two finally tussle for Stiverne’s WBC heavyweight title. Wilder is the mandatory challenger for Stiverne. The two are expected to meet in December or January.

“It’s not going 12 rounds,” said Stiverne. “Somebody will get hurt, and it won’t be me.”

Stiverne said he has all the advantages going into the bout, and he expects to exploit them on fight night. But don’t expect much trash talk during the promotional buildup.

“I know I’m here to entertain the fans in the ring. Outside the ring, I don’t do that trash talk. I believe trash belongs in the trash. But I’m all about business. When it comes to it, you can talk all you want. But can you deliver when the bell rings?”

Stiverne believes he’s already proved to be the type of fighter who can deliver. He knocked out Chris Arreola in Round 6 in May to win the vacant WBC heavyweight title. He said unlike Wilder, he wasn’t the type to try to garner attention for himself outside the ring. Rather, he said he puts all his effort into making sure he’s ready to perform when and where it counts.

“Most of the fighters that talk, talk, talk. The night of the fight? They can’t even do what they were talking about. If anyone is looking for someone to trash talk, or act up or have some type of weird behavior outside the ring or use foul language and stuff like that, they’re going to wait a long time. It’s not who I am. I was never like that.”

Stiverne said it wasn’t a question of if he’ll defeat Wilder, but how.

“I’m not worried about the win. I’m worried about my performance and how it’s going to be done. The win is obviously something that will be the outcome of the fight. I will win the fight, but you can win many fights. But the way I win the fight is more important.”

Stiverne-Wilder is one of the most intriguing heavyweight bouts in recent history. Stiverne is a patient, hard-punching technician with real skill. Wilder appears crude to some but has knocked out every fighter he’s ever faced.

Stiverne admits the hype around the fight is the most intense of his career.

“Yeah, but people think it’s big because of who he is, how he talks and his record with 32 wins and 32 knockouts. So I think that’s where the excitement and hype comes from. But this fight is really a fight that I’m looking forward to. I want to make a statement. I don’t like to talk about [things]. I’d rather answer the questions that everybody has the night of the fight. All the questions will be answered then.”

I asked Stiverne if he thought he was more skilled than Wilder overall.

“Most definitely. I feel like I’m in my prime, and all I have to do is put my work in at the gym. Because just when you hit your prime, it doesn’t mean you get to relax. I feel good. I feel confident. Especially psychologically. I feel great. I feel amazing, and not because I feel like I’m in my prime will I take my preparation likely.”

I also asked Stiverne if he thought his combination of speed and power would be too much for Wilder, someone who hasn’t faced very high level competition up to the present.

“I do. I really do, because of my amateur background. First of all, in my amateur days, all I used to fight were guys that were 6’4” and up. I really feel like skill-wise, with my speed and also my power, I am the better fighter.”

Stiverne fought in the amateur ranks as a member of the Canadian national team from 1999-2005. He said he moved from Miami to Canada because he missed the chance to compete in the Golden Gloves tournament in the United States, and that having family in Canada helped him gain the necessary citizenship requirement to compete there.

Stiverne said he had 93 fights as an amateur, losing only seven. “I had a good time in Canada. I was very active. We went to all types of tournaments everywhere in the world. That’s where I got all my experience and learned my basics. It really helped set up my professional career.”

After turning professional in 2005, and overcoming a couple of early setbacks, Stiverne defeated Arreola 11 years later to become the WBC heavyweight champion, something he takes great pride in.

“Being heavyweight champion of the world is something I always wanted to be. It’s the reason why I started my career in boxing. So obviously it feels good.”

Stiverne is perhaps most famous for being Don King’s last hope at heavyweight promotional relevance. King was an integral part of the heavyweight boxing scene from 1974’s Muhammad Ali versus George Foreman bout in Zaire to Mike Tyson’s impressive run in the 1990s.

King and Stiverne were embittered in a legal battle last year over promotional disagreements but settled the dispute outside of court. I asked Stiverne how his relationship was with the enigmatic King now.

“It’s normal. Nothing special. He’s good at what he does, and I’m good at what I do. The combination has been great. It’s a good one.”

Stiverne said he recognized the importance of his career to King’s continued hopes of rekindling past promotional glory.

“Obviously, once upon a time, he used to control all of that, and I kind of got him back on the map. I don’t know what the future holds for me and Mr. King, but for now, it’s a great duo.”

I couldn’t help myself. Does King treat you better now that you’re the WBC heavyweight champion, Bermane? Has that made it easier to work with him?

“Everybody treats me a little better! Everybody does. But it’s all love. I don’t hate nobody. It comes with the title!”

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COMMENTS

-Carmine Cas :

Wilder's got to catch Stiverne early and get him out of there, because the longer he's in the ring with him the greater chance he will be dissected and kayoed by Bware.


-Radam G :

I can see only D-Wild catching arse thrashing early. I'm of an opposite view of C-Cas. The longer D-Wild can last, the more his chances for winning improves. His wildness and swinging for the fences will be his undoing. B-Ware is going to catch him on one wild swing after another and light him up and put him down. I see D-Wild going to sleep or the referee stopping it with D-Wild rope-a-dope cowarding on the ropes. Holla!


-The Commish :

Of course, I see it differently than Carmine Cas, Radam or any of you guys. Wilder is going to win. If it's a first-round KO, a second-round KO, any KO, any stoppage--Wilder will win. Early, middle rounds or late. Wilder wins. If it goes 12, Wilder will win the decision. A deserving decision. I know you think he cannot go 12. He can. I've watched him do more than that in the gym...against four different guys. I know it's the gym. I know it's sparring. But I have watched him work on things you haven't seen him do in the ring. Stiverne will not beat Deonaty Wilder. Stiverne really knows that. So does Don King. That's one of the reasons for the purse bid postponements. Anyway, we're talking about a fight King is still trying to weasle out of. It hasn't been signed. There's no site, no firm date and no television. Right now, this is not a real fight. It's just a dream matchup. -Randy G.


-brownsugar :

I would like to see D win it for the ravenous fans in Bama and around the world. He has an infectious enthusiasm and is easy to like. Stiverne however is s sharp technician and possesses a triple strength tranquilizer in both hands. D-W will have to overwhelm Stivernes defense and take it by force. If he allows the Hungry Hatian (literally) a micro second to time him or get within punching range he is DOOMED.


-The Commish :

I would like to see D win it for the ravenous fans in Bama and around the world. He has an infectious enthusiasm and is easy to like. Stiverne however is s sharp technician and possesses a triple strength tranquilizer in both hands. D-W will have to overwhelm Stivernes defense and take it by force. If he allows the Hungry Hatian (literally) a micro second to time him or get within punching range he is DOOMED.
Big D is working on a lot in training camp, including the outside game and the inside game. The only thing I would be concerned about from Wilder's end is allowing Stiverne to get within punching range and allowing him to get off first, to control the pace. Stiverne is a terrific counter-puncher. Take a look at both Cris Arreola fights and see what I mean. However, Wilder is no Arreola. This is not to take anything away from big Cris. He just doesn't have the hand speed, foot speed, quickness of athleticism of Deontay Wilder. If Arreola could catch Stiverne on several occasions early in their fight and hurt him, Wilder will do more than than. If his right hand or rapidly-improving left hook land the way Arreola's shots did, Stiverne will be more than dazed. He will be KTFO'd. For those of you who think his right is vastly-overrated because it has been landing on the chins of has-beens and never-were's, wait until it lands on Stiverne's chin. I guess we'll know then just how hard that Wilder right hand is. I am excited about the prospect of this fight happening. However, with Don King holding most of the cards here, and with Roc Nation's looming, circling presence scaring Al Haymon, who knows if this fight will ever get made. I believe it will, though it just may take a bit longer than we had hoped. -Randy G.


-brownsugar :

It seems like you are well aware of the dangers Commish ... and I too can see Wilder obliterating Stiverne through his peak a boo defense. Areola rocked him but Stivernes beard isn't made of cream puffs. However nobody can withstand a flush shot from D-W.... nobody human that is... and Stiverne isn't from another planet the last time I checked. Wilder holds the edge with his reach .... Hope fully D-W won't allow Stiverne to breach his personal space. (and maybe even land a body shot along the way)


-michigan400 :

Man,, I'm no expert and usually just read what you guys say unless it's to bash Mayweather (I like doing that!! LOL!!). But it sounds like Stiverne is thinking this will be an easy fight!! Why train if it's so easy?? Well a 100% KO ratio does not happen unless you have some serious dynamite in your hands. Fighting bums helps but even then,, there are some land scapers and cab drivers that can really take a punch. They might not have the skills but that don't mean they aint tough as nails and you can't teach a good chin. You either have it or don't. Stiverne fights lazy anyway and Wilder starts fast,, he's (B.S.) gonna get steamrolled IMO looking for a sneaky shot between Wilders punches. Only problem is he will get about 5 or 6 tries and if he doesn't get it done,,,, GOODNIGHT!!! He will at least get put on his fat arse a couple times. If he can get back up,, Wilder may gas out and give him a chance (think Klit vs Brewster ) but that's the only way I see him winning to be honest,,, if Wilder fights stupid and gives it away the way Wlad did with Brewster. Just my 2 cents guys!!! Like I said, I've been wrong before and I'll be wrong again but that's the way I see it.


-brownsugar :

Man,, I'm no expert and usually just read what you guys say unless it's to bash Mayweather (I like doing that!! LOL!!). But it sounds like Stiverne is thinking this will be an easy fight!! Why train if it's so easy?? Well a 100% KO ratio does not happen unless you have some serious dynamite in your hands. Fighting bums helps but even then,, there are some land scapers and cab drivers that can really take a punch. They might not have the skills but that don't mean they aint tough as nails and you can't teach a good chin. You either have it or don't. Stiverne fights lazy anyway and Wilder starts fast,, he's (B.S.) gonna get steamrolled IMO looking for a sneaky shot between Wilders punches. Only problem is he will get about 5 or 6 tries and if he doesn't get it done,,,, GOODNIGHT!!! He will at least get put on his fat arse a couple times. If he can get back up,, Wilder may gas out and give him a chance (think Klit vs Brewster ) but that's the only way I see him winning to be honest,,, if Wilder fights stupid and gives it away the way Wlad did with Brewster. Just my 2 cents guys!!! Like I said, I've been wrong before and I'll be wrong again but that's the way I see it.
That's as good a prediction as any....I'm sure your not the only one who feels that way.


-Kid Blast :

If he can withstand an early mugging attempt by Wilder (and that's a big if), he might be able to deplete Deontay's confidence and maneuver him into the 6th or 7th round at which point, he will begin to turn on the heat. Stiverne fights in a relaxed manner picking his spots and using hand speed that generates a lot of pop. If Wilder begins to fade late, Stiverne will wax him with a right cross. Wilder's best chance will come early. The first three rounds in this one will be critical. Oh yes, this is my 101th post. Holla


-The Commish :

If he can withstand an early mugging attempt by Wilder (and that's a big if), he might be able to deplete Deontay's confidence and maneuver him into the 6th or 7th round at which point, he will begin to turn on the heat. Stiverne fights in a relaxed manner picking his spots and using hand speed that generates a lot of pop. If Wilder begins to fade late, Stiverne will wax him with a right cross. Wilder's best chance will come early. The first three rounds in this one will be critical. Oh yes, this is my 101th post. Holla
Congrats on hitting that 100th post and starting to look like a regular on here. I am sure you will find it quite interesting. Who knows. A future Moderator? -Randy G.


-Kid Blast :

Hmm Maybe a future owner......