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Stiverne: If I Kill Wilder, I'll Walk Away With Smile on Face!

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Bermane Stiverne took his war of words with Deontay Wilder to an unusual level Thursday.

Stiverne told Wilder, who was seated a couple feet to his right, that he would “walk away with a smile on my face” if he kills Wilder in their heavyweight championship rematch Saturday night. Wilder will make a mandatory defense of his WBC championship against Stiverne in the main event of a 12-bout card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York (Showtime; 9 p.m. ET; 6 p.m. PT).

“One thing that really caught my attention, and I don’t really pay attention to social media and all that stuff like that, is that he said that he fears for my life,” Stiverne said Thursday during the final press conference prior to their rematch. “You fear for my life, man? You fear for my life? I don’t fear for your life because I’m a killer! If that’s what it takes for me to take that title, that’s what I’m gonna do. And I’m gonna walk away with a smile on my face.”

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Haiti’s Stiverne made reference to comments the undefeated Wilder has made during the buildup toward their second fight.

Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was scheduled to make an optional title defense against Luis Ortiz on Saturday night. The unbeaten Cuban southpaw tested positive for two banned substances late in September, however, and the WBC ordered Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) to instead make a mandatory defense against Stiverne.

The 39-year-old Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) had accepted a six-figure fee to step aside, which allowed Wilder to oppose Ortiz. The Las Vegas-based Stiverne was training to fight Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs) on the Wilder-Ortiz undercard when he replaced Ortiz.

Wilder won their first fight relatively easily, which was why Wilder wanted to put off the Stiverne rematch and fight Ortiz. Stiverne insists dehydration was the cause of a subpar performance that led to his 12-round, unanimous-decision loss in January 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“Boy, you don’t even know,” Stiverne told Wilder on Thursday. “You caught me slipping the last time. Ain’t nobody gonna slip [Saturday night]. I’m gonna be on your ass. I’m gonna be on your ass, boy. I’m gonna be on your ass.”

Members of Wilder’s team moved closer to Stiverne as he spoke on a stage at Edison Ballroom in Manhattan. Promoters Lou DiBella and Don King and WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman intervened, though, and Stiverne continued talking.

“Saturday, November 4th, I promise you to God, I will be two-time heavyweight champion of the world,” Stiverne said. “I promise you that. Promise you. You can smile all you want, boy. You won’t be smiling [Saturday night] because I’m gonna send you packing home, without the belt. And I’m fittin’ to take that box, too, and put it in the garbage for you.”

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 Sickmerch1990 on 11-03-2017

[QUOTE=methodcal;18180418]He wants to fight another champion bruh bruh. Wtf is the issue with that im not understanding. TC just did a great feat in being Undisputed LWW champ. If wilder is so much of a bum then AJ should starch…

Comment by daggum on 11-03-2017

how does a boxing commision allow a morbidly obese man to compete for a world title? they didnt allow ward to fight some of his bums because they were so bad but theywill let a man die in front of…

Comment by Steven Mccowan on 11-03-2017

[QUOTE=Caught Square;18180189]I bet he had a big smile on his face when they paid him to step aside, only for him to end up fighting him anyway with a separate pay check[/QUOTE] Lol he dont get step aside money. That…

Comment by KidDinamita on 11-03-2017

[QUOTE=ScottWeiland;18179972]Kill him with what ? The damned spoon he's been eating dessert with the last three years lol. Dude straight up aint killing no man except himself by cardiac arrest.[/QUOTE] bahahahahaha the last one and its true

Comment by ScottWeiland on 11-03-2017

[QUOTE=daggum;18180604]stirverne is fat as a house and twice as slow. hes a 40 year old man and for the next 30 plus years is going to need extensive medical coverage to treat his extreme obesity. probably millions of dollars will…

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