Jab-Happy Wilder BOXES His Way To WBC Belt, Win Over Stiverne

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In the main event on Showtime, Bermane Stiverne defended his WBC heavyweight crown against Alabaman Deontay Wilder. Stiverne was too passive throughout, but credit has to go to Wilder, and trainer Mark Breland, for his jab-happy strategy, which helped keep a plodding Stiverne at bay. Most expected a KO win, by someone, but Breland told TSS before his kid could and might get a decision 12 win. On the mark, Mark; Wilder had stamina and smarts, and went the distance with focus and enough jabs to keep Stiverne from getting set and getting off. The judges saw it 118-109, 119-108, 120-107.

Stiverne plodded after Wilder listlessly, walked him down but never cut him off at the pass. It was mildly infuriating to watch, if you're a Stiverne fan.

Stiv (24-1-1 with 21 KOs; born in Haiti, lives in Vegas; age 36; 6-2) was 239 on Friday, while Wilder (32-0 with 32 KOs; lives in Alabama; won bronze in 08 Olympics; 29; 6-7) was 219.

In the first, Wilder won with a constant jab. Stiv waited and watched and walked him down. Deontay landed a couple rights, nothing ferocious. In the second, down went Stiv at the bell. He ate a few, after being jabbed all round, and luckily he tackled Deontay, so he didn't lose 10-8.

In the third, we saw body work from Stiv. The distance between them closes and Wilder missed wide a couple times. But he won the round.

In the fourth, Stiv got busier, nastier, on a Wilder who was slowing down. The jab was pawed now by Wilder, too much. A left hook, on replay, showed to land hard and clean on Wilder. In the fifth, Wilder had a comeback round. His jab popped more and he dropped a couple rights which bothered Stiv. A counter left hook missed widely by Stiv. He was too passive and that would continue.

In the sixth, a left hook buzzed Wilder. He was looking more tired, as his jab dropped off. “Keep him in the center of the ring, he's tired as hell,” trainer Mark Breland told Deontay. In the seventh, a right buzzed Stiv. It was a straight right. Then he yapped at the big man. Was he getting broken down? In the eighth, both men had some moments.

In the ninth, Wilder was jabbing, with good energy. The Stiv corner told him he was “way behind.” In the tenth, Stiverne worked some. He landed a right, when he stepped right and hurled, late.

In the 11th, the jab was pumped by Wilder. Stiv wasn't in need to win mode. He never really was.

In the 12th, Stiv attacked with some fire, but barely. They traded some, and gave the Wilder people a heart attack but the big man survived.

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-Radam G :

I know that the Commish is happy. Congrats! Your boy did it in this "theatre of the unexpected." Holla!


-Radam G :

Sin City judges get too over excited and cheat when they don't have too. I scored the bout 116 to 112 for D-Wild. 120 to 107 and 119 to 108 was outrageous. In addition to judges giving D-Wild a 10-8 round when there was no knock down or serious beat down in any round. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

I have no problem admitting when I am wrong. Stiverne fought the wrong fight and froze up in front of the bright lights. On the other hand, Wilder has come a long way and the sky is the limit if he can continue to improve. He is 2 or 3 fights away from being ready to fight Wlad in my opinion. Breland has done a great job with the Bronze Bomber. And the new............


-stormcentre :

Where is Commander Commish? This is not quite the knockout win he predicted/wanted, but it is still a win for his man Wilder. Perhaps he's slumped over a bar somewhere celebrating. :) Based on their last performances; both Widler and Stiverne will probably get blasted out by the big juiced up Eastern Bloc Klit. :)


-leon30001 :

It's not cool to accuse fighters of being on "The Roids" without any substantive evidence. Mayweather is juicing! Andre Ward is juicing! Cotto is juicing! See? Not cool.


-Froggy :

Hats off to the new Champ and everyone that picked him ! I was not one of them and I sure didnt think he would go 12 rounds and win !


-oubobcat :

I know that the Commish is happy. Congrats! Your boy did it in this "theatre of the unexpected." Holla!
The Commish hit this fight on the nose. Wilder was a different fighter than I saw before. He fought very disciplined and tightened up his defense. He did not pull straight back as often as he did in past fights and kept a tight defense throughout. And when he jabbed, he brought his left back much more quickly thus not allowing the counter right from Stiverne to land. My hats off to him and his trainer Mark Breland. It was a brilliant performance and a well deserved victory. I am impressed and can only see Wilder getting better in the future.


-brownsugar :

Hats off to the new Champ and everyone that picked him ! I was not one of them and I sure didnt think he would go 12 rounds and win !
I only changed my pick to the Wild Man just four hours before the fight so I'm not here to gloat or pretend to be superior... I'm sure I'll jump on the band wagon of another Ismayl Sillahk sometime soon. I have to admit the Commish was a factor because of his stalwart resolve.... It made me go back to YouTube to learn that Stiverne is slow footed and does poorly when forced to attack. But you have to give Wilder credit for having good vision and having the reflexes to lean out of the way of Stivernes wrecking-ball-hail-Mary missles.... I knew Wilder had legs but who knew he could out box a seek and destroy human tank over 12 rounds while making minimal defensive errors. ...... don't be too critical of Wilders punching power...Pride is a powerful emotion and its the only thing holding the tenacious Stiverne upright as Wilder had to pry the belt from his vice like grip. On the surface Wilder may appear to be just a glorified, countryfied, cornbread and collard greens eating hick from the sticks....(and I say than euphemistically cause I love collard greens myself) But the Bama native managed the pace superbly and used his limited resources like a seasoned pro....and defeated BS with his primary skills....boxing.


-DaveB :

Wilder did an excellent job last night. And while I'm sure Wilder had a good deal to do with it Stiverne fought poorly. I was pretty disgusted with his approach by about the fifth round. Not cutting off the ring was the biggest thing. He said he couldn't do it. How about trying to do it. Then there was no body work. Well everyone saw it so there is no need to go over everything. Wilder does have the stamina to go 12 and it his chin seems pretty good. We still haven't seen him take a good one yet but I do know he has a sturdy chin. Now with all that being said it is time for these basketball players to fight one another. It is not that shorter opponents can not win against them but since the shorter guys don't seem to know what to do or how to do it and the taller guys are good at keeping distance, let the tall guys fight one another. I think it is better for boxing that Wilder won. King had plans for Stiverne fighting some patsies. Now he can fight them to get back in contention instead of them fighting for the title. Wilder's agenda is to fight the big boys and bring back some excitement to the heavyweights. Stiverne fighting Klitchscko would have been awful anyway.


-stormcentre :

I think since there was no KO win, and Wilder didn't shut Stiverne out, it's pretty clear the betting odds were too heavily favored in Wilder's court. I'm going to have to watch the fight again, as to me it seemed Wilder's win was more about what Stiverne didn't do - than what Wilder did. There is no way Stiverne - at the weight in - looked like a guy that had just completed 3 months of serious training and preparation. Unless, of course Toney is his strength coach. :)


-dino da vinci :

I think since there was no KO win, and Wilder didn't shut Stiverne out, it's pretty clear the betting odds were too heavily favored in Wilder's court. I'm going to have to watch the fight again, as to me it seemed Wilder's win was more about what Stiverne didn't do - than what Wilder did. There is no way Stiverne - at the weight in - looked like a guy that had just completed 3 months of serious training and preparation. Unless, of course Toney is his strength coach. :)
Well said. I came away unimpressed with Bermane's effort. He looked absolutely mortified on the ring walk. He then proceeded to change nothing round after round to disrupt Wilder. Now there is always the chance that Wilder may have made the necessary adjustments, but my belief is no, no he wouldn't. Apologies upfront, but I simply don't see the future greatness.


-gibola :

Wilder's pace, not his power, was the difference. Stiverne fought his usual fight and was brave as hell, but he was too slow of foot and hand and his output (while good enough against an Arreola) was not enough against an athlete like Wilder. I was impressed with Wilder's jab, his discipline and his stamina. Despite not getting the KO, he's also a helluva puncher and that fear of getting sparked played a part in Stiverne's low output. Great, competitive fights can be made now with for Wilder v Povetkin, Jennings, Fury and Haye. I'd love to see him fight Wlad, don't think he'd beat him, but if he beat Fury and Povetkin and had another year of experience, while Wlad got a year older, the odds would narrow a bit. Congratulations Deontay (and the Commish!).


-mortcola :

I too am happy for Commish, with whom I’ve spent lots of time watching and talking fights, though not about Wilder. I see this as a qualified success and proof for Wilder. Tyson was a much more complete fighter who knew exactly how to use his virtues at an earlier point in his life and career. Going twelve, being busy, keeping a successful strategy when the big KO didn’t come, and even sliding away and turning his head from lots of (wide and telegraphed) shots by Stiverne showed better boxing skill and adaptability than most people expected. But there are lots of green things in his pot. Ridiculously wide stance that made him much closer to Stiverne’s height; elbows up on the majority of his punches; very predictable footwork; some good jabs, some really pushes, effective because of quantity and Stiverne’s stationary, unmotivated performance. He looked like a reasonably talented novice who brought lots of motivation and spirit into the fight, with enough power to make Stiverne doubt himself even more than his claim to being flat did. A fighter who cut of the ring and kept up a work rate would have made a MUCH different fight. Stiverne didn’t test Deontay’s ability to handle any adversity except distance and a sore hand. Ironically, Arreola, for example, would have been in Wilder’s face and throwing heavy, frequent punches; the Stiverne who took out Arreola, not the one who threw occasional good shots and occasionally slid and slipped, would have forced a very different test upon Wilder. But at least Deontay showed he is not one-dimensional. He’s just green as delightful spring foliage in terms of most aspects of technique; his chin is not proven, as Stiverne stunned him with the few shots he landed, but Wilder spiritedly punched back. I think Breland or another sharp trainer can capitalize on what he did right and build a much more complete boxer from this good athlete. Skinny legs and questionable neck and facial structure suggests that he won’t be resilient against a more effective, busy and mobile boxer-puncher who can cut off the ring. The other night, Wilder only graduated to outworking and outgutting a B- opponent, a small step up in opposition, despite all the nice things Wilder did.


-brownsugar :

Good post Mort... Come on Commish,.... I know you're out there somewhere brimming over with satisfaction.... What say you????? Regarding Wilders coming out Party.


-The Commish :

I'm getting too old to be rooting like this. But it was fun. And worth it. I had Deontay Wildernon as a guest on my SiriusXM show earlier. He was incredibly entertaining. He was also gracious to Stiverne, saying, "I felt his power and knew I would have to fight a smart fight." During his interview, Wilder disclosed he suffered a fracture of his right hand "around the fourth round, which made landing it extremely painful. I had to use it sparingly, and use the left as I had never done before." He said he could feel Stiverne losing energy about midway into the fight, but knew he was still dangerous. "I had thought about getting into a shootout with him," Wilder told me and Gerry Cooney, "but I was boxing so well, I decided to keep doing that, instead." Wilder said he was happy he went 12 rounds, but not surprised. "I have been training almost non-stop since before the Jason Gavern fight last Summer, so I was I. Prime condition for this fight," said the new WBC champ. As for his hand, he is currently in a splint, and will be headed to a specialist later this week to have the extent of the injury evaluated. Until then, Wilder is going to enjoy his new life. "What has been the biggest change, aside from money?" I asked him. "My phone is going non-stop," he said. "As we speak I am getting one call after another and non-stop texts, tweets and e-mails. Reporters want me for interviews. Writers. TV guys. Newspaper guys. Magazines." Then he joked around. "...and radio guys like the two of you from Sirius." Deontay Wilder is going to be a fun champion. He loves life and he loves people. "I would like to make a difference, even a little bit," said Wilder. "I want people in all walks of life to have more love and respect for each other. I want the only fighting to be done in that ring. I have always wanted to be a champion,mand now that I am one, I am going to take this title to the people. I want to get to know them. I want them to get to know me. I want to be the best champion I can possibly by, as well as the best person, friend, father and son as I can be." I like the way it has started for him. Hopefully, it stays just the way he wants it. -Randy G.


-stormcentre :

Well, he's certainly right about Bermane losing his energy at the halfway point. Good win for Wilder but I must admit, I can't remember the last time I have seen a heavyweight champion take such a concerning, soft, or "opponent", riddled route to the championship, and be successful doing it. Perhaps there are other heavyweights out there that have done the same and I just don't know about it. Good stuff anyway Commish.


-Radam G :

I'm getting too old to be rooting like this. But it was fun. And worth it. I had Deontay Wildernon as a guest on my SiriusXM show earlier. He was incredibly entertaining. He was also gracious to Stiverne, saying, "I felt his power and knew I would have to fight a smart fight." During his interview, Wilder disclosed he suffered a fracture of his right hand "around the fourth round, which made landing it extremely painful. I had to use it sparingly, and use the left as I had never done before." He said he could feel Stiverne losing energy about midway into the fight, but knew he was still dangerous. "I had thought about getting into a shootout with him," Wilder told me and Gerry Cooney, "but I was boxing so well, I decided to keep doing that, instead." Wilder said he was happy he went 12 rounds, but not surprised. "I have been training almost non-stop since before the Jason Gavern fight last Summer, so I was I. Prime condition for this fight," said the new WBC champ. As for his hand, he is currently in a splint, and will be headed to a specialist later this week to have the extent of the injury evaluated. Until then, Wilder is going to enjoy his new life. "What has been the biggest change, aside from money?" I asked him. "My phone is going non-stop," he said. "As we speak I am getting one call after another and non-stop texts, tweets and e-mails. Reporters want me for interviews. Writers. TV guys. Newspaper guys. Magazines." Then he joked around. "...and radio guys like the two of you from Sirius." Deontay Wilder is going to be a fun champion. He loves life and he loves people. "I would like to make a difference, even a little bit," said Wilder. "I want people in all walks of life to have more love and respect for each other. I want the only fighting to be done in that ring. I have always wanted to be a champion,mand now that I am one, I am going to take this title to the people. I want to get to know them. I want them to get to know me. I want to be the best champion I can possibly by, as well as the best person, friend, father and son as I can be." I like the way it has started for him. Hopefully, it stays just the way he wants it. -Randy G.
Breaking his right hands was a blessing for him, otherwise he would have use it more and recklessly and got caught viciously. Not depending on that right hand, but the left jab got him through the night and the fight IMHO. I salute my childhood-idol Mark Breland for great corner work and keeping D-Wild rock steady like a soldier on the march in a deadly jungle.
->http://m.YouTube.com/watch?v=nNCSxqcOOTQ. Holla!


-brownsugar :

Breaking his right hands was a blessing for him, otherwise he would have use it more and recklessly and got caught viciously. Not depending on that right hand, but the left jab got him through the night and the fight IMHO. I salute my childhood-idol Mark Breland for great corner work and keeping D-Wild rock steady like a soldier on the march in a deadly jungle.
->http://m.YouTube.com/watch?v=nNCSxqcOOTQ. Holla!
Commish your unwavering support for Wilder reminded me of the biblical character "John The Baptist" ... John was a loner who lived in the wilderness and ate locust and honey... John preached the word to a hostile land and eventually got his head chopped off because his message offended the unbelievers. (an old world stripper snitched him out) It was because of your stubbornness that I decided to take a final look at Stiverne vs Austin. Which led me to pick Wilder 4 hours before the fight. Stiverne fought the same fight against Ray Austin as he did against Wilder....following the aging 40 year old journeyman around the ring until he finally got lucky and caught the old guy with a come from behind hail Mary right hand. ( he was losing beforehand ) Throw out the Areola fight...Areola was tailor made. All Stiverne had to do was lean on the ropes and counter. Stiverne couldn't cut Ray off either but unlike Austin,.... Wilder didn't fade when Stiverne started to surge in the later rounds. Awesome fight. I eventually decided to watch the fight at my daughters place.....Pandamonium ensued as we proceeded to watch one of the most anticipated heavyweight fights in recent memory. At one point I leaped to my feet and did a Ben Vereen slide on my knees toward the big screen,... pumping my right fist all the way while holding a full glass of wine with the other without spilling a single drop. OK, OK,..... I my be exaggerating a bit, suffice to say I was truly hyped for the whole duration. Its fun watching fights with casual fans. This one young man asked me during the Imam fight if this was an MMA bout. Gotta love it. I'm glad your guy won. It seems that Wilder has been pulling the wool over our eyes the whole time. Pretending to be a banger when he actually had pretty decent boxing skills and exceptional reflexes the whole time. Stiverne is fortunate he didn't get stopped. and if he isnt permanently damaged. Mark my word ...if this guy continues doing what he's doing ....he'll be drafted to PPV by 2016 tops. "And the New......... "


-brownsugar :

Sorry RG...meant to post under the Commish's name.


-stormcentre :

Breaking his right hands was a blessing for him, otherwise he would have use it more and recklessly and got caught viciously. Not depending on that right hand, but the left jab got him through the night and the fight IMHO. I salute my childhood-idol Mark Breland for great corner work and keeping D-Wild rock steady like a soldier on the march in a deadly jungle.
->http://m.YouTube.com/watch?v=nNCSxqcOOTQ. Holla!
Wicked post MMM (my main man). Yep, no doubt about it . . . . :) if Wilder hadn't have broken that hand he wouldn't have won - cause then Bermane would have KO'd him. I love it - as a theory it's faultless :). Let's not ever give in on our original views. I have never ever before heard of how breaking your right hand in the sport of boxing is a blessing for the guy with the broken hand (in so far as saving his own azz from being put to sleep), but hey as the virgin Mary didn't say when she didn't fornicate and as a result didn't give birth to her son Jesus; ""I'm open to anything"". But here - according to my main main wiv multiple wicked moves - it just may be that Wilder's broken right hand saved his own azz from not only getting Mary-Virginised owned - but KTFO. (I appreciate that I may have my own interpretation on this; but that's beautiful RG and I am pi$$ing myself laughing as I write this). I salute you - because without that awesome theory and Wilder's broken right hand it's clear to me that the fight would have turned out - for Wilder - like a Franken-Mary-Stein nightmare movie. One last thing; I reckon it's lucky Bermane knew to headbutt Wilder's fist just so he could break his right hand and then save his fellow fighter from the embarrassment of a loss. Put that down to Stiverne being a Catholic and worshipping Mary and Jesus. Hallelujah Pronounced; hAl - (Haymon) - lelujah. ""Here's a little something about a boy from the land of KGB, never shoulda been let out of the penitentiary. Police drop by and claim I'm slinging white rocks on the corner. I say it aint true but I gotta fed both me and me daughter. I feed them a line and say my name is Peter, but didn't figure the Cop would then start talking through his 9 millimeter. Now I am confused about my ability but hey it's OK cause I got a lot of time to think about it in this correctional facility"."


-brownsugar :

I'm getting too old to be rooting like this. But it was fun. And worth it. I had Deontay Wildernon as a guest on my SiriusXM show earlier. He was incredibly entertaining. He was also gracious to Stiverne, saying, "I felt his power and knew I would have to fight a smart fight." During his interview, Wilder disclosed he suffered a fracture of his right hand "around the fourth round, which made landing it extremely painful. I had to use it sparingly, and use the left as I had never done before." He said he could feel Stiverne losing energy about midway into the fight, but knew he was still dangerous. "I had thought about getting into a shootout with him," Wilder told me and Gerry Cooney, "but I was boxing so well, I decided to keep doing that, instead." Wilder said he was happy he went 12 rounds, but not surprised. "I have been training almost non-stop since before the Jason Gavern fight last Summer, so I was I. Prime condition for this fight," said the new WBC champ. As for his hand, he is currently in a splint, and will be headed to a specialist later this week to have the extent of the injury evaluated. Until then, Wilder is going to enjoy his new life. "What has been the biggest change, aside from money?" I asked him. "My phone is going non-stop," he said. "As we speak I am getting one call after another and non-stop texts, tweets and e-mails. Reporters want me for interviews. Writers. TV guys. Newspaper guys. Magazines." Then he joked around. "...and radio guys like the two of you from Sirius." Deontay Wilder is going to be a fun champion. He loves life and he loves people. "I would like to make a difference, even a little bit," said Wilder. "I want people in all walks of life to have more love and respect for each other. I want the only fighting to be done in that ring. I have always wanted to be a champion,mand now that I am one, I am going to take this title to the people. I want to get to know them. I want them to get to know me. I want to be the best champion I can possibly by, as well as the best person, friend, father and son as I can be." I like the way it has started for him. Hopefully, it stays just the way he wants it. -Randy G.
Commish... Just one question.... How long have known Wilders secret? Than he was also as good a boxer as he is a banger.


-The Commish :

Commish... Just one question.... How long have known Wilders secret? Than he was also as good a boxer as he is a banger.
I have known of Deontay's athleticism for quite some time. He has been banging out opponents because he can. "But, I can box, too," Wilder has told me. "I can move behind a jab and keep doing it." "People doubt your stamina," I said to him. "Do you hear the criticism?" "I hear it," he replied, "but I don't let it bother me. I know what I am capable of. They don't. I live in the gym. I can go the distance and I can fight at a fast pace." Deontay has not peaked. He is getting better day by day, week by week and month by month. He watches video of, not just today's heavyweights, but of the all-time greats. He studies Ali's movement and the rotation of his hips. He watches Larry Holmes' lethal jab, the ruthless power of Sonny Liston and Rocky Marciano and the lethal combinations of Joe Louis. Deontay Wilder is a fulltime fighter. He lives the sport every moment of the day. He is an exceptional athlete and is maturing emotionally, physically and intellectually. He has had his problems and rough roads along the way, but is positive his "wilder" days are behind him and all he has on his mind is doing the right thing. I think if you give him the chance, you may find you enjoy him as much as I do. He's a good person, a great father and terrific for boxing. You can't ask for much more than that! -Randy G.


-stormcentre :

All I can say Commish is that (as you can tell from previous posts) you're lucky your boy hurt his hand otherwise he would have been KTFO. :)


-brownsugar :

I have known of Deontay's athleticism for quite some time. He has been banging out opponents because he can. "But, I can box, too," Wilder has told me. "I can move behind a jab and keep doing it." "People doubt your stamina," I said to him. "Do you hear the criticism?" "I hear it," he replied, "but I don't let it bother me. I know what I am capable of. They don't. I live in the gym. I can go the distance and I can fight at a fast pace." Deontay has not peaked. He is getting better day by day, week by week and month by month. He watches video of, not just today's heavyweights, but of the all-time greats. He studies Ali's movement and the rotation of his hips. He watches Larry Holmes' lethal jab, the ruthless power of Sonny Liston and Rocky Marciano and the lethal combinations of Joe Louis. Deontay Wilder is a fulltime fighter. He lives the sport every moment of the day. He is an exceptional athlete and is maturing emotionally, physically and intellectually. He has had his problems and rough roads along the way, but is positive his "wilder" days are behind him and all he has on his mind is doing the right thing. I think if you give him the chance, you may find you enjoy him as much as I do. He's a good person, a great father and terrific for boxing. You can't ask for much more than that! -Randy G.
Wilder seems to know what it takes to be on top and is willing to do whatever to remain there. Thanks for the inside scoop. Lol...Storm is a bit of a prankster