Bermane Stiverne Confident He Beats Deontay Wilder in Rematch

By Ryan Burton

In January of 2015, Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1) lost his WBC heavyweight title to Deontay Wilder at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Before the year is over he will have a chance to get himself back in position for redemption.  The WBC recently ordered Stiverne to face Alexander Povetkin (30-1) for the interim title.  The winner will become the mandatory challenger and next opponent of Wilder who is currently recovering from surgeries to his hand and shoulder.

The 37-year-old Stiverne is very confident that a rematch against Wilder would have a very different ending than their first fight.

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"If I get that fight I am the champ not just the interim," said Stiverne.

He ended up in the hospital, suffering from dehydration after the Wilder bout.  Stiverne said that he learned a lot from that experience.

"(I learned) to take care of myself and not take things for granted.  Like I have always said, the reason why I lost to Wilder isn't because he is better than me. It was my own issues but that is in the back and I turned the page and I am back on my feet now working as hard as ever and I will be ready to fight Povetkin and I am looking forward to winning the fight," Stiverne explained.

Another fight of interest to Stiverne is the rematch between WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former long time champion Wladimir Klitschko.  The rematch takes place October 29th in the UK and will be televised by HBO in the United States.

Stiverne believes that Fury will likely be too much for Klitschko again.

"Well you know what? Fury pulled a fast one.  He was able to not so much physically - but get into Wladimir's mind and play with him.  I was surprised Wladimir let him do that. I like Fury.  Why not? There are new faces (in the division)," Stiverne told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by club fighter on 09-28-2016

[QUOTE=joe strong;17079180]I have seen 11 Stiverne fights & he is a counter puncher who plays possum & sets traps. He will take 5 or 6 to land a big one. I think this is what he was doing. I see…

Comment by GodOfBoxing on 09-27-2016

[QUOTE=joe strong;17079209]I said more than a few times Ortiz had not beat anyone. That was a few years back. To be fair he KO'd Bryant Jennings who had a good fight vs Wlad & had good wins over Szpilka &…

Comment by GodOfBoxing on 09-27-2016

[QUOTE=BoxingExpress;17079191]Povetkin and Joshua are the couple that can beat Wilder. The rest? Forget it[/QUOTE] So....he is a threat too..

Comment by joe strong on 09-27-2016

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