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Deontay Wilder: This time it won’t end well for Bermane Stiverne

Wilder jabs Stiverne during their first fight. Photo / Naoki Fukuda


This isn’t what Deontay Wilder had in mind when he agreed to fork over a six-figure step-aside fee to make sure he wouldn’t fight Bermane Stiverne.

It’s not that he was worried about the challenge Stiverne presents. Far from it. Wilder, sick of all the criticism about his quality of opposition, wanted to silence the critics once and for all by taking on the one man no other heavyweight wanted to face.

Unfortunately, banned substances were found in Luis Ortiz’ system during a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association drug test, and with it, the fight was cancelled. The WBC stepped in and enforced the mandatory with Stiverne, and now the two are set to rematch on November 4 in Brooklyn, New York.

The whole reason Wilder (38-0, 37 knockouts) wished to fight someone else in the first place? There’s little interest — from the public and television networks — in a second meeting between Wilder and Stiverne. Wilder lifted the WBC heavyweight title from Stiverne over 12 dull rounds, and the Haitian was never remotely in the fight. Stiverne blamed an illness, and remains the only fighter to ever last the distance with Wilder.

That’s about the only intrigue heading into November 4: Can Wilder finish Stiverne this time and make it so he’s knocked out every man he’s ever faced?

“Stiverne asked for it, so he’s going to get it,” said Wilder, who will make the sixth defense of his title. “Whatever happens happens. Ask and you shall receive. I’m relieved to be getting my mandatory out of the way. At least now I won’t have to deal with that down the road.

“In the first fight, I broke my hand in the third round, and I still dominated. That was a lot of the reason why it went the distance. This time it’s a different day, different time and different fight. This time it won’t end well for him.”

Wilder, THE RING’s No. 2 heavyweight, actually bent the surgically placed metal rod in his hand during the bout. Fast forward two-and-a-half years later, and the fighters are in very different positions entering the ring.

Now 31, Wilder is no longer a prospect jumping up in competition. He’s proven his world-class power, albeit against middling opponents. That’s not Wilder’s fault. He signed to fight Alexander Povetkin, a top-5 heavyweight at the time, who tested positive for PEDs. The Alabaman has screamed for a unification fight with Anthony Joshua. That will have to wait.

For now, it’s Stiverne, who has competed only once since he lost his title. That performance did little to inspire any confidence Stiverne will have any more success this time around. Derric Rossy, a journeyman, dropped Stiverne, but was unable to finish him off and lost a close decision on the cards.

Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) will be 39 when he enters the ring and also coming off a two-year layoff. Wilder is likely right: This probably isn’t going to end well for him.

“I am ready, willing and able to seize back my title from Wilder,” said Stiverne, who signed to fight RING-rated big man Dominic Breazeale on the undercard before the main event fell through. “We all know that Wilder dodged a bullet in the first fight, but not this time. It was my fault, but I learn from my mistakes. On November 4, Wilder will feel my pain.”

Wilder already feels a different kind of pain, though. The pain of criticism. The pain of working so hard for something, only to have it taken away. And Wilder wants Stiverne to feel his pain.

“Despite all of these obstacles that are thrown in my path, it still will not stop me from reaching my ultimate goal, which is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” he said. “Stiverne will pay for Luis Ortiz screwing up.”

This isn’t what Wilder had in mind. But it’s what he must deal with now.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger


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  • Dee Money


    Last time didn’t end too well for him either

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Yeah I totally forgot about how old he is, explains why he may not even take punch as well as he he did in the first fight. Kind of makes up for any advantage he might have gotten from Wilder’s inactivity and frustration.

  • johnnysmack

    great.. yet again, fighting another opponent on less than a month short notice.. Anyone else notice this bullshit? Give a guy a full camp, this is getting old

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Stiverne was supposed to be fighting on the card anyway – for whatever that’s worth, it’s been a long time since Stiverne looked like he actually used all the available time to train…

    • ceylon mooney

      stiverne has had a full camp he was already on the card facing brazeale

  • Mike M.

    Wilder in 6

    • ceylon mooney

      KO or ref stoppage? if ref stoppage we gonna see him hit the ground?

      part of me sez ref stoppage, but stiverne hit the ground his last time out. cant decide. i dont think itll go the distance tho.

      • Mike M.

        Ko in 6. Or honestly I can see the ref stopping it after Stiverne eats shit ton of jabs and right hands. I’m not convinced Stiverne’s stayed in shape. He’s sturdy enough to make it to 12 but Wilder’s probably gonna slam his foot on the gas pedal if and when he drops him and end it early this time. I felt he could have ended the first fight a lot earlier too.

        • ceylon mooney

          he coulda ended it earlier
          last time; he turned it up a few times but didnt overdue it. i think fighting conservative was

  • Ten Count Toronto

    Any chance that they still might fail to agree to terms? I suppose when discussing the purse Wilder’s side will want Stiverne to give them some credit for the step-aside money already paid, that’s a possible friction point?

  • Sidewinder

    BOMB SQUAD !!!!

  • Wade Wilson

    Forgive me for not having paid enough attention or simply forgetting but where in Wilder’s hand was that rod placed? He’s had a fair amount of hand troubles and for his right to be so problematic could cripple his career. There’s a limit to what it can take.

  • Kiowhatta

    For all his self righteous rantings and sanctinomy about PED loaded opponents, Stiverne seems to get a pass from Wilder AGAIN.
    It starting to emerge that Wilder who confesses to knowing who the cheats are, then gives him informed knowledge when it comes to picking opponents.
    If he knew Povetkin was a cheat why sign the contract? If he knew Ortiz was dirty why sign to fight him?
    I know it’a stretch, but Wilder is still fighting a proven drug cheat, it’s just that this one poses little threat.
    The guy is either a complete naive fool, or has invented a sophisticated way of cherry-picking opponents.
    When oh when will wilder step in the ring with a fighter who challenges him?
    At this stage he’s still the HW version of Adonis Stevenson.

    • Pierre Burger

      Nonsense. He signed to fight Povetkin and Ortiz because he would have got called unsavory names for not having done so. Seems it’s damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t in your view.

      • Kiowhatta

        Not exactly. You’re misrepresenting my argument as black and white. I’m merely exploring the anecdotal evidence that is: Wilder claims to know who is using PED’s. So therefore he ought to be in a position to pick opponents, or try to get opponents who are clean and credible, which I admit is a tall order.
        An analogy would be a woman complaining she get’s beaten up by every boyfriend she chooses, but knowingly chooses men whom she knows are likely to beat her.
        The accountability is stacked against, in this case Ortiz, but the question still stands:
        If he knows who’s dirty, why fight to sign them in the first place?

    • Ivan Otero

      You problaly think Donalp Trump shut down the twin Towers. Lol

      • Kiowhatta

        I thought it was the World Trade Centre along with Rupert Murdoch and irene Wuornos.

  • Colin Mc Flurry.

    What a load of bollocks!
    In the nearly 3 years since wilder beat the shit out of him, he’s done great things?
    Won a 10 round UD over a journeyman….
    He looked like solid shit the first fight, this time he’ll look like runny shit..

    Proves DK still has influence with the World Boxing Cartel.
    He shouldn’t even be in the top ten..

    Only in America..

  • ceylon mooney

    their first encounter wasnt a dull fight

  • Floridastorm

    I don’t know. Stiverne punches very hard, If Wilder makes one of those amateur mistakes he could feel that power.

  • Jay

    AJ said he might fight Wilder in 2018 – 2020, and that he’s in no rush lol. I bet.