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Wilder vs Stiverne 2 - November 4_ 2017_11_04_2017_Fight_Ryan Hafey _ Premier Boxing Champions

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BROOKLYN — Deontay Wilder said before last night’s rematch he feared for Bermane Stiverne’s life. Two minutes and 59 seconds later, we found out why as Stiverne failed to land a single punch and was on the receiving end of three knockdowns before being left motionless at the Barclays Center.

At 39 years old and having not fought in two years, most weren’t expecting much from Stiverne. Wilder wisely pounced on him early, showing a sharp jab. As Stiverne tried to plod in, his guard was split by an accurate straight right that put the former titlist on the seat of his pants. Any semblance of fighting spirit left Stiverne as he vainly claimed it was a rabbit punch. Wilder taunted him with a statue pose before unleashing two haymaker left and right hooks for another knockdown seconds later.

With under 10 seconds left, Wilder landing a sliding right hook and two left hooks that put Stiverne out cold against the bottom of the ropes.

Wilder’s win now gives him the distinction of knocking out every man he’s ever faced. In the post-fight interview, he challenged Anthony Joshua, who he accused of using performing enhancing drugs. Wilder also rebuffed the public offer from Joshua’s promoter Matchroom Boxing, who want him to face Dillian Whyte to earn a Joshua unification.Wilder did acquiesce¬†that he would be willing to travel to the UK for Joshua.

Last night’s knockout was Wilder’s sixth successful defense of the WBC heavyweight title.


A good knockout can make you forget the details. Stiverne was a dead man walking the minute this fight was announced. Shopworn, 39 years old, and inactive for two years (and in his last fight, was dropped), Stiverne was facing a man in Wilder at the peak of his physical powers and it showed quickly.

But the fact Wilder scored a huge KO, and Joshua seemed to “struggle” a week ago vs. Carlos Takam, has led some to claim not only will Wilder win, but that AJ is ducking the American champion.

When comparing resumes, Joshua holds the clear advantage. If Wladimir Klitschko was washed up, then Stiverne was the walking dead. And even more ironic is that Wilder’s next opponent is likely Dominic Breazeale, a man Joshua easily knocked out in seven rounds last year.

Now make no mistake, the fight needs to happen to unify the division. But Wilder has to realize he has zero leverage. Last night’s win was not even a sellout, while Joshua easily filled and set an indoor boxing record of over 70,000 with a replacement opponent in Takam. Much like Canelo-GGG, Joshua has all the cards and can delay the fight or have Wilder jump through as many hoops as he pleases.

Don’t expect this fight to happen until late 2018, early 2019 at the latest.




Check out the live stream of today’s weigh-in for the Wilder-Stiverne rematch. The event takes place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and airs on Showtime Saturday night (November 4).¬† Wilder is making the sixth defense of the WBC title he won from Stiverne two years ago. Stiverne, who¬†hasn’t fought since 2015, is looking for revenge and redemption after claims of dehydration from the first bout.


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LAS VEGAS — The US heavyweight title drought is over. For the first time since 2006, a heavyweight from the United States holds a portion of the biggest prize in boxing, as Deontay Wilder relied on movement and a punishing jab to decision Bermane Stiverne last night at the MGM Grand.

There were many questions going into last night. Can Wilder fight past 4 rounds? Can the undefeated slugger takes punches as well as he gives them? While there are a few that are still outstanding, Wilder did answer the most pressing ones — he’s not a “fraud” and is a serious threat to any fighter in the division.

Bermane Stiverne vs Deontay Wilder

STIVERNE WALKS WILDER DOWN…WITH NO PUNCHES?!: The atmosphere was tense in the early rounds with Stiverne coming with a high guard, attempting to catch Wilder’s stiff jab and right hands before countering with single, hard shots. If you’re a Stiverne fan, you had optimism early on because the Haitian champion was able to get very close to Wilder without having to jab his way in. However, we witnessed the first problem with this strategy at the end of the second, when Stiverne was badly staggered by a right hand around the gloves and a succession of short hooks. Stiverne was forced to hold and tackled Wilder to end the round.

Bermane Stiverne vs Deontay Wilder

From there, Stiverne did an unwise imitation of Dereck Chisora’s recent rematch strategy against Tyson Fury. He plodded after Wilder without much head movement, hoping to land a haymaker counter once Wilder threw a wild shot. But Wilder kept those wild moments to a bare minimum. He’d occasionally throw a hard 1-2, but banked most rounds by simply jabbing and moving away. His height and reach also eliminated the effectiveness of Stiverne’s usually dangerous overhand right.

CHIN ANSWERS: Stiverne did manage to test Wilder’s chin a few times. The fourth round was the first time Stiverne consistently landed hooks to the body, which started to make Wilder’s backpedaling less fluid and lowered his guard. A left hook wobbled the challenger early in the sixth. However, Wilder remained composed and relied on his long jab to stifle Stiverne’s chances to follow-up.

By the seventh, the chin questions turned away from Wilder’s and to how much more Stiverne could take. The champion was staggered by a right hand, but still had the awareness to try to land a counter right as Wilder rushed him with more power punches. In the ninth, Wilder abused Stiverne with power jabs and right crosses. The championship rounds offered little reprieve for Stiverne until the 12th, when Wilder opted to maul and smother Stiverne inside to prevent any chances of a Hail Mary shot.

LATE EDUCATION: Deontay Wilder shouldn’t have been matched so lowly that he had to wait until his first title shot to go 12 rounds. Nonetheless, the experience he got last night will prove invaluable for his confidence as a world titlist.

“I’m just excited and happy to bring this belt back to America,” Wilder said.¬† “It’s going to mean a lot. I think I answered a lot of questions tonight. We knew we could go 12 rounds. We knew we could take a punch. We knew we could do it.”

With Al Haymon in his corner, Wilder is in a great position. His options include an international trash-talking bonanza against Tyson Fury, going for all the glory against Wladimir Klitschko later this year, or the assortment of ranked credible contenders in the WBC (#2 Alexander Povetkin, #3 Bryant Jennings, #4 Mike Perez).

When asked about his head-scratching strategy, Stiverne seemed clueless himself in pin-pointing what went wrong.

“It wasn’t my night,” Stiverne said.¬† “I felt 100 percent before the fight but once I got in the ring I couldn’t cut the ring, I couldn’t move my head like I usually do. What can I say? Congrats to him.

“I knew I was trying to throw combos of four or five punches and I could only throw two of them.¬† I just felt like I was flat in the ring.¬† What I know I could do I didn’t do.¬† I just have to go back and learn from my mistakes and find out what happened tonight.”

Stiverne is still a capable fighter, but as a 36 year-old, this might be the last time we see him in the title picture.


Amir Imam vs Fidel Maldonado Jr

THE AMIR IMAM-FIDEL MALDONADO SHOOTOUT: Many, myself included, dubbed this the sleeper fight of the night and that ended up being an understatement with 5 knockdowns between them before Imam scored a TKO in the fifth round.

Maldonado had a high activity rate in the first round and landed some nice left hooks. But Maldonado got too bold and was dropped hard with a short right in the waning moments of the second. From there, any strategy on Maldonado’s part went out the window. The very next round, Maldonado put Imam down for the first time in his career with a straight left in the opening seconds. But between the two, Imam was the harder puncher, and the Maldonado’s brawling got him dropped twice more in the round via two right hands.

The finale would come at the close of the fifth. Maldonado was suckered into a modified “rope-a-dope” and got badly stung by a right hand, then dropped by a left hook. Maldonado got up from this fourth knockdown, but referee Robert Byrd wisely ruled him in no shape to continue.

“I just got caught with a couple of punches,” Maldonado reflected.¬† “He kept his composure and he came out with the W. ¬†I just got caught.¬† I got lazy in there and he capitalized. ¬†He was the better man tonight.¬† I got kind of bored at the end of the rounds and I paid for it.”

This was a crossroads fight for both prospects, and Imam now feels he’s ready for a title shot at 140. His first target was Adrien Broner, who reportedly declined. I like Imam’s ambition, but he needs to take down a Top 10-15 guy first before even considering a Broner or the champ, Danny Garcia.


Leo Santa Cruz vs Jesus Ruiz

LEO SANTA CRUZ TKO8 JESUS RUIZ: Leo Santa Cruz’s latest high-priced exhibition took a little longer than expected with the WBC super bantamweight titlist scoring a technical stoppage in the eighth. Early on, Ruiz fought on even terms during the phone booth exchanges. But Santa Cruz’s superior class began to take over in the middle rounds with his consistent body attack (73 power shots overall) and short hooks inside. A right cross made Ruiz stagger into the ropes. Santa Cruz rained down non-stop punches as Ruiz attempting to fight off the ropes. Referee Kenny Bayless made the call for a questionable stoppage, mostly due to a few of the shots snapping back Ruiz’s head.

“I want a rematch,” Ruiz said.¬† “I don’t feel they should have stopped the fight, but I have to accept it.¬†But I’m fine.¬†Look at me – I’m not cut. He didn’t even drop me.”

With all the backlash from about his recent competition, Santa Cruz has started saying all the right things about wanting to face either Guillermo Rigondeaux or Abner Mares. Considering that Mares and Santa Cruz are both signed to Golden Boy, bank on that being the next fight. And with their styles, I’d wager it could be a potential Fight of the Year.



Vyacheslav Shabranskyy RTD9 GARRETT WILSON: Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Vyacheslav Shabranskyy delivered a dominant performance over Garrett Wilson, scoring two knockdowns and forcing a corner stoppage before the ninth. The height and reach disparity forced Wilson into dangerous gambles, allowing Shabranskyy to catch him with hard counter shots. A badly swollen jaw and the rounds of one-way traffic punishment caused referee Jay Nady to make the right decision in calling the fight off. Shabranskyy improves to 12-0 while Wilson loses his fourth straight, falling to 13-9-1.



ERIC MOLINA TKO8 RAPHAEL ZUMBANO: The evening opened with an entertaining heavyweight contest in Eric Molina sharp-shooting Raphael Zumbano in route to an eighth round stoppage. Zumbrano’s best asset was his ability to come forward. But with no semblance of defense from Zumbano, Molina made him consistently pay with right hooks and uppercuts. Zumbrano was stopped on the ropes after eating 76% of Molina’s power shots.

Since Molina is a Don King heavyweight like Stiverne, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see them matched up next.




Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder had their final confrontation at today’s weigh-in before they clash tomorrow night at the MGM Grand over the WBC heavyweight title. Its been a long time since American heavyweights have garnered this much attention. But who will emerge victorious?



PREDICTION:¬†In an American heavyweight landscape in dire need of younger talent, Deontay Wilder would be a God-send. He has the physique of a world-class athlete, loves to talk and engage the media, and possesses lethal power. But under these great qualities lies some glaring flaws.¬†With the exception of the Malik Scott win, Wilder has feasted on sub-par competition his entire career, resulting in over 5 years of fights without going more than four rounds. As a direct result, his punching technique has become stagnant — Wilder throws wide shots and tends to keep his left low, resulting in him occasionally getting tagged with right hands by inferior opposition.

I don’t buy the idea that Wilder’s competition has been so bad for half a decade simply because he was a late-comer to the sport. Call it a hunch, but based on some amateur footage and the sparring clips¬†vs. David Haye, I theorize that Wilder holds a chin that’s not quite made to take heavyweight punches. Stiverne has the experience of fighting taller guys, and you can see from the pics that the height disparity is not that pronounced. I see Stiverne getting Wilder in serious trouble with an overhand right, and silencing the “Bomb Squad” chants with a left hook. STIVERNE KO5




PREDICTION: Life is good for Santa Cruz. The man is getting paid $750,000 to defend his WBC super bantamweight title against a fighter not even ranked by that sanctioning body. Santa Cruz said at the weigh-in he wants either Abner Mares or Guillermo Rigondeaux next. If I were a betting man, I say Mares gets the call. As for this fight, the talent disparity ensures Santa Cruz will have minimal problems. SANTA CRUZ TKO4




PREDICTION:¬†Book this one as the sleeper fight of the night. Here are two prospects primed to be contenders with an impressive win Saturday night. Maldonado is a solid pro all-around, but Imam has shown flashes of exceptional talent. He has an educated jab, good power in both fists, and a size advantage for the weight class (5’11). Maldonado is no pushover but he’s outgunned here. IMAM TKO7







Stiverne and Wilder face off

Watch the MGM Grand weigh-in for the January 17, WBC title match between champion Bermane Stiverne and undefeated challenger Deontay Wilder. The stream goes live at 5:30 p.m. and will feature the undercard fighters (Leo Santa Cruz vs. Jesus Ruiz and Amir Imam vs. Fidel Maldonado Jr.).

The card airs live on Showtime tomorrow night at 10 p.m. with preliminary bouts starting at 8 p.m. ET via Sho Extreme.

Stiverne and Wilder face off

Photo Credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

Bermane¬†Stiverne¬†and Deontay¬†Wilder were both fired up at yesterday’s final “Return to Glory” press conference and¬†promised to¬†deliver a¬†brutal KO. The talk will cease on Saturday when the two clash on Showtime at 10 p.m. Make sure to check back later today on¬†BeatsBoxingMayhem at 5:30 p.m. ET for a live stream of the weigh-in.

The card will also feature Leo Santa Cruz vs. Jesus Ruiz and Amir Imam vs. Fidel Maldonado Jr.


Deontay Wilder

Photo Credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

LAS VEGAS, NV — Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder conducted their final media workouts today near the¬†MGM Grand Race & Sports Book. Stiverne will be defending his WBC title this Saturday (January 17) on Showtime. Also on hand to showcase their training were co-feature fighters Amir Imam, Fidel Maldonado Jr., Leo Santa Cruz and Jesus Ruiz.

The card airs at 10 p.m. ET.