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Bermane Stiverne: I Knew Wilder-Ortiz Fight Would Never Happen

By Keith Idec

The primary reason Bermane Stiverne was willing to step aside and allow the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz fight to be made was because he was certain it wouldn’t happen.

The former WBC heavyweight champion revealed during a conference call Tuesday that he felt all along as if he were preparing to fight Wilder again November 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyln (Showtime). Stiverne signed a contract to battle 6-feet-7 Dominic Breazeale on the Wilder-Ortiz undercard for that very reason, as Wilder also stands 6-7.

Once Ortiz tested positive for two banned substances last month, the WBC ordered Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) to make the mandatory defense of his title that Stiverne is owed.

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 “I always thought that the fight was never gonna happen with Deontay and Ortiz,” Stiverne said. “If you asked me from the moment they announced the fight, the first thing I said is, ‘This fight’s not gonna happen and I’ve gotta get ready for Deontay.’ That’s exactly what I said. You can ask anybody in my camp. You can ask [Don] King, you can ask my manager [James Prince]. That’s what I told them.”

When asked later during the conference call to elaborate on why he felt so strongly about Wilder-Ortiz falling apart, Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) didn’t give a specific reason. Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs, 2 NC) tested positive for an anabolic steroid following a first-round knockout of Lateef Kayode three years ago, but Stiverne didn’t mention the unbeaten Cuban southpaw’s previous PED troubles.

“I can’t really tell you why, but it was just something that I believed that wasn’t gonna happen,” Stiverne said. “Knowing Ortiz – I know Ortiz since 2004, so you know, he’s always been who he is right now. So I don’t know. The first thought I had when people were trying to have this fight going on and I finally made the decision to [step aside] – actually, if you talk to my manager, J Prince, that’s exactly what I told him. ‘You know what? Let’s just move to the side and let them have the fight. And I guarantee you this fight ain’t gonna happen.’ And that’s exactly what happened. If I’m lying, he can tell you I’m lying.”

Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs), of Eastvale, California, instead will encounter Eric Molina (26-4, 19 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, on the Wilder-Stiverne undercard. Wilder, who won his title by beating Stiverne in January 2015, is a 20-1 favorite as their rematch approaches.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kiowhatta on 10-26-2017

Maybe that crystal ball Stivernes got also revealed he's going to get beat AGAIN. Hey Bermane, when is Wilder going to fight somebody we care about? That's something we really would like to know.

Comment by Clubber Pac on 10-25-2017

[QUOTE=DramaShow;18161603]the guy took a blood pressure pill prescribed by a doctor, thats all. unless the doctor is a liar and inappropriately prescribed it (putting his whole medical license on the line) all ortiz is guilty of is having high blood…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 10-25-2017

I cant blame Wilder because all Ortiz had to do was list his medication. Your suppose to be a pro ar tbis point. Youve filled these forms out 100's of times...Your signature is on it saying you CLEARLY filled it…

Comment by landotter on 10-25-2017

Oh, for freaks sake.... When Wilder/Ortiz was announced, we all were excited for it. Everyone was praising Wilder for pushing for it, happy Ortiz had a real fight, and pleased Stiverne wasn't getting in the way. Now? EVERYONE is all…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 10-25-2017

[QUOTE=DramaShow;18161675]so has stiverne but wilders happy to fight him instead....[/QUOTE] And Im not going to watch that sht show mismatch.

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