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Stiverne: Wilder is Fragile, Not at Championship Level

By Matt Casavant

After months of uncertainty from the WBC and the Vitali Klitschko camp, mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20KOs) has been assured by the WBC that a bout with Klitschko will take place in the spring of 2014 provided Vitali elects to pursue his prize fighting career.

Camille Estephan, president of Eye of the Tiger Management and also Stiverne’s manager, confirmed the news in a Montreal press conference earlier this week. “The WBC guarantees that Vitali will fight Bermane if he fights again.” Estephan clarified that such a guarantee was provided to them during the WBC convention that recently took place in Thailand.  Estephan also stated that official negotiations with Klitschko’s promoter K2 Promotions, would take place over the weekend in New York City. According to Estephan, Vitali must notify the WBC on whether or not he will defend his title by no later than November 30th.

One element to keep an eye on during negotiations is the current legal situation between Stiverne and his former promoter Don King. When asked if the litigation would impact or threatened in any way the championship bout from taking place, Estephan explained that he could not comment on the lawsuit as the matter was in the courts hands.

In the meantime, the 35 year old Stiverne is said to be focused and eagerly anticipating his long awaited title shot which he hopes will take place in either March or April of next year. Although other possible opponents for Stiverne have been rumored over the last few weeks such as American undefeated Heavyweight Deontay Wilder, Stiverne dismissed any candidate not named Klitschko.

“Wilder? He’s fragile. I mean, he’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing but he’s not at that (championship) level yet.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 11-15-2013

Just saw the Stiverene/King fight... pretty B.S stoppage Stopped him while he was throwing back and moving forward

Comment by Hougigo on 11-15-2013

[QUOTE=Sweet Pea 50;13932927]I seriously doubt your selfish seriousness silliness of the seriously serially psychotic Sulaiman ranking Wilder #3 by the WBC. Just let it ride out. Wilder will get knocked out in no time.:boxing:[/QUOTE] Just want to see some serious…

Comment by US Dirk Killer on 11-15-2013

Stiverne gonna be inactive as hell with King Ripe for the pickings

Comment by Sweet Pea 50 on 11-15-2013

I seriously doubt your selfish seriousness silliness of the seriously serially psychotic Sulaiman ranking Wilder #3 by the WBC. Just let it ride out. Wilder will get knocked out in no time.:boxing:

Comment by Hougigo on 11-15-2013

[QUOTE=Sweet Pea 50;13932903]Seriously bro, I don't know how serious you will take him seriously until it gets serious? It's pretty simple. He needs to up and beat better comp. Like right now. Doesn't mean I can't be a fan.[/QUOTE] The…

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