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Bermane Stiverne: I Would Love To Fight Chris Arreola

by Ryan Burton
 
Heavyweight contender Bermane Stiverne (20-1-1) moved into the top 10 in the WBC's latest rankings after his 2nd round knockout of Kertson Manswell on the Tim Bradley-Devon Alexander undercard on January 29th. Boxingscene caught up with the Hatian native to talk about the recent win, his future plans and more in this exclusive interview.
 
BoxingScene.com:  First off congratulations on moving into the top 10 in the latest WBC's rankings.  Give us your thoughts on that.
 
Bermane Stiverne:  Thank you very much.  It is a great accomplishment for me you know.  I am very happy about the whole thing.  I worked hard for this and I know it will open more doors so I am very happy about it.
 
BoxingScene.com:  Lets talk about how you made it happen.  You knocked out Kertson Manswell in the 2nd round in Detroit on the undercard of Bradley-Alexander which ultimately pushed you to #9 in the WBC rankings.  Can you recap the fight for the fans that didn't get a chance to see it?
 
Bermane Stiverne:  See I know Manswell.  We are actually friends.  If I had my choice I wouldn't have picked to fight him but I don't have any control over who I fight.  Whoever they put in front of me I have to fight but I thought I was in good shape.  Actually in the best shape of my life.  I had a great camp with good sparring partners.  One of them was Hasim Rahman.  I think I did all my homework in the gym and come fight night I made it happen.
 
BoxingScene.com:  Manswell has been known to come into some of his fights a little bit heavy.  He seemed to be in great shape and it looked like he definitely came to fight.   Were you surprised you knocked him out so early on in the fight?
 
Bermane Stiverne:  I would say I was a little surprised but if you look at the fight I wasn't really looking for the knockout.  I was trying to set him up.  I was jabbing his shoulder and his chest and he kept trying to put my jab down with his right hand so at the same time he was leaving himself open for the hook and the right hands and I caught him.  The rest is history.
 
BoxingScene.com:  Now that you have broken through into the top 10 of the WBC do you want to go straight to a title shot versus Vitali Klitschko or do you think you might be better served taking a fightt or two versus other top 10 fighters first?
 
Bermane Stiverne:  I definitely think so (facing other top 10 fighters first).  We are looking at maybe two more fights before the end of the summer and then we will go from there.  We will see how I feel.  I don't want to jump into the Klitschkos just because I am in the top 10.  Right now I am just trying to learn more about boxing and stay in the gym and keep myself busy in the ring.  Hopefully by the end of the year or early next year I can fight for a world title.
 
BoxingScene.com:  Would you like to fight some of the guys in that next tier just below the Klitschko brothers like Chris Arreola or Eddie Chambers?
 
Bermane Stiverne:  I would love to fight Arreola.  That is a fight that I would love but then again it is not up to me.  I have the best promoter in the world in Don King so I believe that they will work something out whether it is Arreola or somebody else.  They will make it happen.
 
BoxingScene.com:  You said you want to fight twice by the end of the summer.  Last year you only stepped in the ring once so I take it you want to be busier this year.
 
Bermane Stiverne:  Last year was a very bad year for me.  I was injured after the fight I had on Halloween night in 2009.  I hurt my hand and I was out for 6 months.  I had a fight set up for the Steve Cunningham-Matt Godfrey card that was cancelled.  After that I went back to camp again and hurt myself again and I was out another 4-5 months.  It was a pretty bad year but I stayed focused and I stayed in the gym.  I had a fight in November and then I just had the Manswell fight.  We are looking to fight again in April or May and we will take it from there.
 
BoxingScene.com:  You mentioned that you would like to fight Chris Arreola.  How do you think a fight with him would play out?  Both of you guys are big punchers.
 
Bermane Stiverne:  I see me beating Arreola because I have speed and I don't think he trains like he should train.  Since I started hearing about Arreola I don't think he trains or that he is in shape.  I don't think he has ever fought anybody like me either. I was underground for a little bit.  I am not known out there.  If I ever fight Arreola I would beat him with my speed and I would probably knock him out.
 
BoxingScene.com:  If you were able to do that it would be the type of performance to put you on the map and get you on the Klitschko's and Haye's radar.
 
Bermane Stiverne:  Yes.  That is it.  See it is now or never.  I have been doing this for a long time and I think it is time for me to knock on the door of those guys that are in the top 10.
 
BoxingScene.com:  Do you have a message for the fans?
 
Bermane Stiverne:  Boxing is a great sport.  We have a lot of loyal fans.  It is always great to perform for boxing fans.  I received a lot of messages and texts after I beat Manswell.  I want to thank the fans for that.  Please keep doing what you are doing and keep boxing alive.  Boxing is a great sport.  Fans can follow me on Facebook as well.
 
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 02-17-2011

arreola will steam role him IMO...i got several stiverne fights & i really think don king will match him wisely for awhile.when you have been KO"d by demetrice king & had a draw with charles davis i think you need…

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