By Luke Furman
Promoter Andrei Ryabinsky of World of Boxing was shaking his head while watching last Saturday's rematch between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne, which took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Coming back from a two year-layoff and weighing pretty heavy, Stiverne was dropped three times and knocked cold in the first round.
The fight was a rematch of their 2015, which saw Stiverne go the full twelve round distance. But this time he failed to last three minutes.
Ryabinsky thought it was very dangerous fight, because to him it appeared that Stiverne barely trained and wasn't ready to get in the ring.
In a rare case, CompuBox had Stiverne landing zero punches in the round. He only threw four shots and missed all of them.
"The fight between Wilder and Stiverne was a no-go from the start. Stiverne came out to lose, he was a punching bag. I do not understand why he was allowed in there. It's not safe from the point of view of the athlete's health. It appeared that he did not train at all," Ryabinsky told journalists
One of Ryabinsky's top fighters, Alexander Povetkin, was scheduled to face both Wilder and Stiverne in 2016 - and both fights were canceled due to Povetkin failing pre-fight drug tests.
In the case of Stiverne, the bout with Povetkin was canceled on the morning of the fight. Stiverne stood to make a ton of money against Povetkin, but got on a plane and left Russia.
Ryabinsky won the WBC purse bid for Povetkin-Stiverne with an offer of $3.165 million.
There was a 50-50 split, so Stiverne stood to make $1,424,250 for that fight, and there was even a 10% win bonus of $316,500.
When Povetkin failed the drug test, Ryabinsky attempted to kick up Stiverne's money to $1.5 million to keep the fight from falling apart, but the former champion still walked away and flew back to Las Vegas.
Stiverne may have overplayed his hand there, because he only made $506,000 for the Wilder rematch.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.