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 Last update:  1/26/2014       Read more by David P. Greisman         
Stiverne Talks About Moving on From Don King Lawsuit
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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. caught up with Stiverne on Jan. 25 to ask him about that relationship. 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.” 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.” 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.” And does that mean fighting more often than you were under him?

Stiverne: “That’s one of the major ones.” 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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Tags: Don King , Bermane Stiverne


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comment by GoldenGloveLove, on 01-27-2014
The only reason anybody would sign with him now is he's learned how to persuade people so well. He's a master at it. It's about all he's got anymore. But it's something.

comment by Lou Cipher, on 01-27-2014
It went something like this: Don; "shut your wang sucker and drop suit and pick your opponent for the paper title otherwise you'll drop in WBC rankings from #2 to just below James Toney." Stiverne; "Okay papa"

comment by LarryXXX, on 01-26-2014
So you sued Don fvcking King...then stayed with him??? Hope this guy doesn't get found on a deserted dirt road somewhere

comment by O.H. Canada, on 01-26-2014
Sigh.. I hope King doesn't ruin Stiverne. Should have got out of the contract at all costs.

comment by Balderdash, on 01-26-2014
Stiverne looked like that lil French boy's bodyguard yesterday. He was intimidating me and I don't even box. I reckon Arreola is in big trouble in little Haiti... well BIG Haiti

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