Bermane Stiverne talks Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana rematch
If there’s one person that knows a thing or two about rematches, it’s the WBC heavyweight titleholder, Bermane Stiverne. The Haitian-Canadian is still basking in his sixth-round TKO of Chris Arreola back in May. Any doubt that Stiverne was the better man when he defeated Arreola by unanimous decision in 2013 was erased when the 35-year-old boxer-puncher impressively dispatched of his game opponent.
“The fact that I didn’t stop him in the first fight was actually a good thing,” Stiverne reflected during his visit to Floyd Mayweather’s gym last week. “I learned a lot about myself as I had to battle through injuries and couldn’t finish him. In the second fight, as I’m walking to the ring I had much more confidence.”
The stellar performance by Stiverne has earned him a shot against undefeated American contender Deontay Wilder and perhaps greener pastures in a heavyweight division that has remained relatively inconsequential to the U.S. boxing public. Stiverne’s presence at the Mayweather Boxing Club isn’t purely coincidental. He’s not part of The Money Team (yet), but he can consider himself extended family. And as a fighter who is fresh off of a rematch, Stiverne has insight on what Mayweather will be dealing with against Maidana the second time around.
“(The rematch) is easier for whoever won the fight the first time and a lot tougher for the one that lost,” Stiverne explains. He goes on to suggest that the so-called “dirty tactics” of Maidana were necessary as the Argentinean couldn’t box with Mayweather for 12 rounds. But with a different referee and 36 minutes of seeing what Maidana had to offer, Stiverne believes that Chino is in a world of trouble.
“This fight will be just like the second fight with Castillo and this is something you don’t want to do: let Floyd figure you out,” Stiverne continues. “Once he figures you out you’re in trouble. If you look at the (Ricky) Hatton or (Victor) Ortiz fight, it took two rounds for him to figure them out. Castillo, it took him the whole fight, but the second fight it was a complete shutout. I think this fight is going to have the same result.”
Stiverne sees some similarities between Maidana and Arreola when it comes to toughness and power. But he also believes that they aren’t capable of making the proper adjustments that are necessary to win fights.
“The difference between me and Arreola in the rematch was what I did to him in the first fight,” the newly crowned titleholder said while drawing parallels to Mayweather-Maidana. “He knew it was possible that I could drop him again, he knew I had better skills and I don’t think he knew that I could box like I did. All I did was go back to the gym and do the same thing I did in the first camp, but better. It’s not up to me to make the adjustments because I won. It was up to him.”