by David P. Greisman
This past November, heavyweight contender Bermane Stiverne filed a lawsuit against Don King, alleging violations of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. That lawsuit was settled in December, with Stiverne remaining in promotional relationship with King.
BoxingScene.com caught up with Stiverne on Jan. 25 to ask him about that relationship.
BoxingScene.com: You recently had a lawsuit against Don King, and now it’s been settled. What kind of distraction had that been in your career beforehand?
Stiverne: “None. I mean, I got a strong mind, so me and Don only had a couple issues, differences. And then we sat down like grown men and talked it out, and we’re good to go.”
BoxingScene.com: But these issues were significant enough that you wanted to get away from him.
Stiverne: “I mean… (laughs). Like I said, you know what I’m saying, whatever happened in the past, man, we good now. Everything good. We’re all family.”
BoxingScene.com: What do you expect to be different in your relationship now that you finally sat down and worked out the issues?
Stiverne: “He’ll be able to do what he does best, and I’ll be able to do what I do best.”
BoxingScene.com: And does that mean fighting more often than you were under him?
Stiverne: “That’s one of the major ones.”
BoxingScene.com: How difficult is it for you as a fighter, wanting to work toward these goals but to be on the shelf, to be waiting, to be inactive like you had been?
Stiverne: “You know what, I feel whatever I’ve been through or whatever happened in my career was for this moment to happen right now.”
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