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Stiverne Waits For Klitschko, Not Thinking About Arreola

By Rick Reeno

The WBC's mandatory challenger, Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20KOs) is not even contemplating a rematch with Chris Arreola (36-3, 31KOs). Stiverne wants to wait until the WBC's heavyweight champion, Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41KOs), reveals whether or not he plans to keep fighting. There is a chance that Vitali, 42-years-old, will retire to pursue a full-time career in politics.

Vitali has been inactive since a TKO of Manuel Charr in September of 2012. He is not expected to fight again until the first half of 2014.

Stiverne fought in April of this year, when he pulled off a very impressive unanimous decision over Arreola. Arreola bounced back earlier this month with a first round knockout of Seth Mitchell - but Stiverne was not exactly impressed by that performance.

"Chris was Chris. I thought he was going to come out with something different, but he came out with the same style. For Mitchell it was just a matter of time [before something like that happened]. No chin, but it was just a matter of time. [Boxing] is not for him. It's not something that he should be doing, it's just not for him." Stiverne told BoxingScene.com.

After defeating Mitchell, Arreola called for a rematch with Stiverne. If Vitali vacates his title, Stiverne and Arreola are the highest ranked contenders and the sanctioning body would likely order them to fight for the vacant belt.

"Oh yeah, but in the meantime Vitali is the only thing on my mind right now. Until he's confirmed that he's not coming back, then we'll move on to something else. I've been like this my entire career, waiting and waiting. So if I can wait for the smaller fights - why not wait for the biggest. I'm the gym, I keep busy and it's not really a long wait," Stiverne said.

"Within the next few days or a week, something has to give. We just heard that in November [the WBC] are going to vote to see if Vitali can fight someone else and that is unacceptable. In the next few days, something is going to be done about that."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bose on 09-17-2013

Yes, Stiverne should get his title shop asap. But lets be realistic he as a fighter and warrior should be staying active instead of waiting and mean while his skills erode. He still a fighter who is learning he aint…

Comment by Hougigo on 09-17-2013

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;13758642]That scenario isn't fair to Stiverne; he played by the (WBC) rules and earned his title shot. Why should he have to pay second fiddle to the winner of Haye-Fury? And also, what does he do in the meantime? -…

Comment by Jack Napier on 09-17-2013

even an old, injury ridden, disinterested Vit should whip Stiverne but nonetheless, Stiverne is right to prioritize the title fight he already beat Arreola clearly and doesn't owe him anything if Vit fights again it has to be against Stiverne,…

Comment by Dr.Eisenfaust on 09-17-2013

I , as a huge Vitali Klitschko fan, must recognize that it's not fair. But let's face it, wouldn't be a Vitali Klitschko vs David Haye fight a huge one ? It would be ideal to watch Vitali fight Stiverne…

Comment by BostonGuy on 09-17-2013

[QUOTE=andrewa1;13758536]Vitali's plan is the best for all concerned. He fights and beats the winner of Haye/Fury as a final fight and then retires, and Stiverne can either be awarded the vacated belt or can rematch Arreola for it. Stiverne's team…

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