BERMANE STIVERNE AND DEONTAY WILDER TALK TRAINING CAMP

BERMANE STIVERNE AND DEONTAY WILDER TALK TRAINING CAMP
AND THEIR PLACE IN HEAVYWEIGHT HISTORY BEFORE THEIR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN ON SATURDAY, JAN. 17 AT MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA LIVE ON SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®

LAS VEGAS (Jan 9, 2015) – As we near the epic return of world championship heavyweight action in the United States, WBC Heavyweight World Champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and unbeaten knockout specialist Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) are deep in training camp for their championship showdown on SHOWTIME®.

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Read below for what the fighters have to say about how training is going, what their place in heavyweight history is and what the fans can expect to see on Jan. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas:

Q: Where have you been training? Who have you been training with? How has training been going?

Bermane Stiverne: I am in Vegas training at the Mayweather Gym. I have had many sparring partners, seven total and they have been alternating since it has been a very long camp. I began training camp in August because we didn’t even know when this fight was going to happen so we had to be ready for any time and we did better than ever. It has been a long, long training camp and I am in the best shape I have ever been in.

I plan to go in the ring between 238 and 242 pounds. We thought about going lower but I am a super heavyweight and that is the weight where I am best.

Deontay Wilder: Camp has been great. It’s been a long hard road but we’re here now. I had my whole team which was excellent — Jay Deas, Mark Breland, Russ Anber, Cuz Hill and my strength coach Peter Khoury, so it couldn’t have been any better.

Q: How do you feel about fighting on the big stage as the main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena?

BS: Fighting at the MGM Grand is a dream come true. I have been dreaming of becoming a champion my whole life. When I think of the MGM I think of all the history and I want to write a new chapter.

DW: I’m super excited about fighting on the big stage. The bigger the better! The more attention and people watching, the more I like it. We’ve been working towards this for a long time, and I am glad we have gotten to this level.

Q: If you could meet any heavyweight champ who would it be? Is there a heavyweight that you would say you emulate?

BS: Muhammad – he was the greatest, he called himself “The Greatest” before he even knew he was The Greatest. He worked hard every single day to fulfill it and that is what I do. No corners cut.

DW: I’ve never patterned myself after any other heavyweight, but if I could meet one from the past it would be Joe Louis. He’s part of my nickname. He was the ‘Brown Bomber’ and since I’m from Alabama like he was and I won the Bronze medal at the Olympics, I’m the ‘Bronze Bomber.’

Q: How do you feel about being in the biggest heavyweight title fight in the United States in a decade?

BS: The Heavyweight Champion is what it’s all about. It’s the King of the Jungle. It is the Champion of all the Champions. I am happy to bring it back. Boxing is alive and well.

DW: It’s time for the heavyweight division to be important again and I’m the guy to do it, so I can’t wait.

Q: Which heavyweights inspired you or did you admire on your climb to this point?

BS: Iron Mike Tyson and James Toney – I really admire the way they fought. I loved Iron Mike’s explosiveness and speed and his fast hands. Tyson could hurt you with any punch at any angle and that is my forte. When I hit somebody, I see it in their eyes and their legs and I feel their pain.

DW: My daughter is my inspiration. I always admired guys like Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes though.

Q: Is there any extra motivation fighting for the WBC title that has been held by so many of the greatest including Muhammad Ali?

BS: The WBC heavyweight belt has been held by many great champions. It’s the biggest prize out there.

DW: A lot of great champions have held the WBC title belt, so it’s the big one and I’m honored and excited to be fighting for it.

Q: How important is it for you to represent your home country in this fight? Do you feel any additional pressure because of it?

BS: I am blessed to have been born in Haiti and lived in Quebec, Canada and now Las Vegas and I like to think of myself as an inspiration to kids in Haiti that have suffered so much – just like me. I want them to know that if they work hard they can achieve their dreams.

DW: Like I said, I am honored and excited. A lot of greats have held the belt and I am ready to make history and be one of the greats. Representing the U.S. in a heavyweight fight, bringing it back home, it’s an honor.

Q: What do you think of your opponent, does anything he does concern you?

BS: I think Wilder is a clown. Wilder thinks this is the WWE. He acts like it’s the WWE. This is for real. It is going to hurt very bad.

DW: I have no thoughts about Bermane Stiverne. I’m just ready to fight and leave it all out in the ring.

Q: What should the fans expect on Jan. 17? Do you have a prediction?

BS: On Jan. 17 I will hurt Wilder and I will knock him out and it will be a lasting image in peoples’ minds for a very long time.

DW: Fans should expect a great night of boxing and everyone will see Jan. 17. -. Be there or tune in on TV if you can’t. You don’t want to miss it!

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SHOWTIME Sports® will present ALL ACCESS: STIVERNE VS. WILDER tonight, Friday, Jan. 9 at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

“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. 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. 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).

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COMMENTS

-Skibbz :

I can see Wilder falling into the money and fame quite easily where Stiverne to me comes across as more focused and more business. It's no surprise though because one has had to fight to be where he is, champion of the world, whilst the other has been spoilt and spoon fed. It's only going to end one way and that's Wilder with his back on the canvas!


-Skibbz :

I can see Wilder falling into the money and fame quite easily where Stiverne to me comes across as more focused and more business. It's no surprise though because one has had to fight to be where he is, champion of the world, whilst the other has been spoilt and spoon fed. It's only going to end one way and that's Wilder with his back on the canvas!


-Radam G :

I can see Wilder falling into the money and fame quite easily where Stiverne to me comes across as more focused and more business. It's no surprise though because one has had to fight to be where he is, champion of the world, whilst the other has been spoilt and spoon fed. It's only going to end one way and that's Wilder with his back on the canvas!
Ditto! I'm riding with that. Holla!


-brownsugar :

After weeks of anticipation and raking through the available data on both fighters my thoughts are finally starting to congeal into an opinion . ... Like cherry flavored jello slowly solidifying in a mold shaped like a boxing glove... The name of the Haitian born Bermane Stiverne has finally emerged as the inevitable winner. Not that you have to be a walking encyclopedia of boxing to reach that conclusion. The decision doesn't require contemplating the matter for weeks while sitting in the posture of the famous statue known as the thinking man. The reality is....Stiverne is the bigger guy...he'll be entering the fight around the 240 mark compared to Wilder who normally weighs in close to 230. Even though Stiverne sometimes looks pudgy, if you've ever seen him flipping and jumping around the ring after a fight, it's evident that Stiverne is deceptively athletic. And as everyone knows Stiverne has survived the guantlet of LIVE competition. The qualities of his opponents are not a great deal better than some of the opponents Wilder has fought but the difference is substantial. Wilder however cannot be counted out... When you look at his knock-out reel its hard not to be affected by the endless parade of horizontal bodies twitching eerily on the canvas as if the victim is subconsciously trying to moonwalk in his sleep. Just one week to go now ...may the best man win.


-Froggy :

I agree with everything you said brownsugar, plus Stiverne is a fellow Canadian, so that's where my money is, if anyone will bet me !


-DaveB :

I'm expecting the Wilder supporters to come in soon but I'm going along with you guys and picking Stiverne too. Wilder can flatten Stiverne so I wouldn't bet the house on this one. The only thing I can be sure of is this will be a very short violent night. Although Wilder can whack out Stiverne (I don't think Wilder's power is a mirage, I think it is very real) I know that with Wilder's take no prisoners approach it gives Stiverne his best chance of catching him. If Wilder employed a different keep distance style I would ride with him unless he got caught. I'm not sure how his chin would hold up, yet. Truthfully I can see Stiverne going early too if he gets caught. It will be hard for either man to recover. The way I see it is Klitschko takes the gold, Stiverne the silver and Wilder the bronze. I have nervous anticipation and the fight is a week away. My pulse is going to be racing before the opening bell and I'll make sure I have my beer and popcorn handy. Some of us are going to look like geniuses and some of us are going to look like fools. Such is trying to pick a fight like this.


-dino da vinci :

I'm expecting the Wilder supporters to come in soon but I'm going along with you guys and picking Stiverne too. Wilder can flatten Stiverne so I wouldn't bet the house on this one. The only thing I can be sure of is this will be a very short violent night. Although Wilder can whack out Stiverne (I don't think Wilder's power is a mirage, I think it is very real) I know that with Wilder's take no prisoners approach it gives Stiverne his best chance of catching him. If Wilder employed a different keep distance style I would ride with him unless he got caught. I'm not sure how his chin would hold up, yet. Truthfully I can see Stiverne going early too if he gets caught. It will be hard for either man to recover. The way I see it is Klitschko takes the gold, Stiverne the silver and Wilder the bronze. I have nervous anticipation and the fight is a week away. My pulse is going to be racing before the opening bell and I'll make sure I have my beer and popcorn handy. Some of us are going to look like geniuses and some of us are going to look like fools. Such is trying to pick a fight like this.
There's an old adage in business for mom and pop stores the world over that are incapable of change. It goes something to the effect of 'you haven't been in business for 30 years, you've been in business one year, thirty times.' Substitute boxing for business and fights for years and you have Wilder. I've seen no growth.


-Froggy :

I checked the betting odds about an hour ago and Wilder was a slight favorite -150 & -175 ! That doesn't jive with what is being posted on TSS, any explanation [s] ?


-Radam G :

I checked the betting odds about an hour ago and Wilder was a slight favorite -150 & -175 ! That doesn't jive with what is being posted on TSS, any explanation [s] ?
It is some stankee Yankee -- I mean some Hankee Pankee -- going on with those odds. How can D-Wild be a slight favorite of a real fight? If the fix is not in, he will be beat into one ugly sight. B-Ware is no "Ugly Bear," and D-Wild is no young Cassius Clay. No dues did dat sucka D-Wild ever pay. He is terrible, not even okay. He is in the wrong business to front and play. Knocked da double fudge out, he's going to lay [sic]. The YCC said, "Don't be a fool and bet your money on Sonny." I say don't think like a child and lose your money on D-Wild. Hehehe! Holla!


-Froggy :

It is some stankee Yankee -- I mean some Hankee Pankee -- going on with those odds. How can D-Wild be a slight favorite of a real fight? If the fix is not in, he will be beat into one ugly sight. B-Ware is no "Ugly Bear," and D-Wild is no young Cassius Clay. No dues did dat sucka D-Wild ever pay. He is terrible, not even okay. He is in the wrong business to front and play. Knocked da double fudge out, he's going to lay [sic]. The YCC said, "Don't be a fool and bet your money on Sonny." I say don't think like a child and lose your money on D-Wild. Hehehe! Holla!
Good answer Radam G, I read a list of the greatest heavyweights one time and Cassius Clay was rated higher than Ali, what say you ? I think you see "Ali" at his best in the Cleveland Williams fight !


-Radam G :

D-Wild should have gotten a Sin City Delilah to cut off B-Ware's Samson's dreadlocks. OOPS! I musta' fo'GOT! D-Wild was whuppin' a working girl's arse during his last stay in Sin City. Danggit! That was Jezebel's little sister Hozebel, and they are betting for B-Ware to ring D-Wild's bell. Hehehehe! Wow! Why didn't somebody tell D-Wild that he was no longer in Alabama. You cannot be whuppin' on the working gals of Sin City. They are a City's treasure. In D-Wild getting his arse thrashed, they are going to take pleasure. Wow! So many are against D-Wild, except his team, the Commish, a couple of groupies and the god that "has ordained Deontay Wilder the next heavyweight champion of the wiiirrrrlllldddd [sic]." The fight gods have said HECK NO-NO-Da-NO-NO! Hehehe! Holla!


-amayseng :

DW is a clown and BS will expose him next week. It is gonna be a clinic ala Hopkins


-Pazuzu :

It's Stiverne. He'll get rocked along the way, but his chin will carry him through, he'll outbox Wilder and eventually the hammer will come down. Stiverne by KO NLT round 8. But I'm hardly alone in this opinion around here...waiting for The Commish to weigh in...


-The Commish :

Ah, I' loving' it. Keep those pro-Stiverne picks comin'... We're doing a heavyweight special,on SiriusXM this Friday. Cooney & I will be taking a look at the heavyweight division going back to the days of John L. Sullivan, leading up to titleholders Wladimir Klitschko and Bermane Stiverne. I fully expect to hear, "...AND THE NEW..." -Randy G.


-the Roast :

I can't wait to see this fight. The winner will be decided by who has the better chin, who takes the better punch. Sooner rather than later one of these big men will land a big shot to the chin. What happens then? Does the struck fighter wobble, go down in a heap? Does he get up or does he stay down? I lean toward the more battle tested Stiverne.


-stormcentre :

Ah, I' loving' it. Keep those pro-Stiverne picks comin'... We're doing a heavyweight special,on SiriusXM this Friday. Cooney & I will be taking a look at the heavyweight division going back to the days of John L. Sullivan, leading up to titleholders Wladimir Klitschko and Bermane Stiverne. I fully expect to hear, "...AND THE NEW..." -Randy G.
Oohh I hope you're right Commish and this is not just going to be another "Algieri moment". I don't know who will win, but (based on his competition) I wouldn't be quite so high on Wilder. Still, all it's all good fun.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

How many of you watched "All Access" the other day on Showtime? I did and it was disturbing to a degree. I agree with most of you and feel that Stiverne will win. However, it may turn out to be a very ugly fight. Wilder is known to club fighters behind the head and when he gets scared he will revert to the poor and sloppy technique that his trainer hasn't been able to correct. Also when Stiverne fought the taller Ray Austin (6'6) he struggled and was behind in the fight before scoring a late round KO. My point is that this fight might not be as easy for Stiverne as some suspect. Back to the "All Access" Wilder/Stiverne episode. Why is Stiverne cooking his own food, which happens to be a massive carb filled plate of beef Spaghetti? Did anyone else pick up on that? I know he is a heavyweight, but it's training camp. Also, why is Wilder riding around town on a motorcycle and twirking in the gym like a Bama stripper? Just some food for thought.


-stormcentre :

How many of you watched "All Access" the other day on Showtime? I did and it was disturbing to a degree. I agree with most of you and feel that Stiverne will win. However, it may turn out to be a very ugly fight. Wilder is known to club fighters behind the head and when he gets scared he will revert to the poor and sloppy technique that his trainer hasn't been able to correct. Also when Stiverne fought the taller Ray Austin (6'6) he struggled and was behind in the fight before scoring a late round KO. My point is that this fight might not be as easy for Stiverne as some suspect. Back to the "All Access" Wilder/Stiverne episode. Why is Stiverne cooking his own food, which happens to be a massive carb filled plate of beef Spaghetti? Did anyone else pick up on that? I know he is a heavyweight, but it's training camp. Also, why is Wilder riding around town on a motorcycle and twirking in the gym like a Bama stripper? Just some food for thought.
Good post SRD. Covered a few of my thoughts as well. However, perhaps the answer to . . . . ""Why Wilder is riding around town on a motorcycle and twirking in the gym like a Bama stripper""; which was a good line by the way . . . . Is because he is secretly a closet crystal meth twinker.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgmRPNp5RbQ


-amayseng :

How many of you watched "All Access" the other day on Showtime? I did and it was disturbing to a degree. I agree with most of you and feel that Stiverne will win. However, it may turn out to be a very ugly fight. Wilder is known to club fighters behind the head and when he gets scared he will revert to the poor and sloppy technique that his trainer hasn't been able to correct. Also when Stiverne fought the taller Ray Austin (6'6) he struggled and was behind in the fight before scoring a late round KO. My point is that this fight might not be as easy for Stiverne as some suspect. Back to the "All Access" Wilder/Stiverne episode. Why is Stiverne cooking his own food, which happens to be a massive carb filled plate of beef Spaghetti? Did anyone else pick up on that? I know he is a heavyweight, but it's training camp. Also, why is Wilder riding around town on a motorcycle and twirking in the gym like a Bama stripper? Just some food for thought.
I agree on all pugilistic and disturbing thoughts....