By Rick Reeno
Josh Dubin and James Prince, who manage former heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne, have confirmed to BoxingScene.com that their fighter has officially signed a contract for his mandatory rematch with WBC beltholder Deontay Wilder.
Last week, there was some friction between Stiverne's management team and the boxer's promoter, Don King
According to Dubin and Prince, a deal was reached between King and the handlers of Wilder - but King never discussed the agreed-upon financial terms with Stiverne's managers or the fighter.
Stiverne's managers and King were able to work out the financial aspects on Tuesday, with the boxer signing off on the rematch only a few short hours ago. The information also confirmed by the lead promoter of the event, Lou DiBella.
The fight takes place on November 4th, in a Showtime televised main event from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Stiverne, who is Wilder's mandatory challenger, was previously scheduled to fight on the undercard of the November 4 event, against Dominic Breazeale. The winner of Stiverne-Breazeale was guaranteed a shot at Wilder.
But then Stiverne was catapulted to the main event, after Wilder's original opponent Luis Ortiz was removed due to a failed random drug test.
The upcoming bout is a rematch of their January 2015 encounter, also televised by Showtime, when Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) dethroned Stiverne for the WBC heavyweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Wilder has gone on to defend the title five times.
Immediately after that loss, Stiverne was taken directly to the hospital. Stiverne has long claimed that he became severely dehydrated during the contest and barely made it to the finish line.
Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) still remains as the only Wilder opponent to go the full distance. He's only fought once since the loss to Wilder, with a decision win over Derric Rossey in the fall of 2015. He was scheduled to fight Alexander Povetkin last December in Russia. Everything fell apart on the morning of the fight, after Povetkin failed a pre-fight drug test.