By Ryan Burton
When Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1 21 KOs) lost his title in January, 2015 to Deontay Wilder (39-0 38 KOs), it wasn't a very competitive fight. Wilder has followed up that performance up with 5 knockout victories while Stiverne has been very inactive, fighting only once in the past 24 months.
Despite the inactivity, Stiverne was able to secure the WBC mandatory position which is the only reason he is able to get a shot at regaining his title on November 4th.
Wilder has been very vocal about not wanting to face Stiverne again and many fans feel the same way being that the first fight wasn't very competitive. Stiverne understands the criticism but insists that things will be different the second time around.
"Listen, what can I say, they want to base their opinion on the first fight and I ain't got nothing to say about the first fight. That was then and this is now. Tune in November 4th," said Stiverne.
Wilder has been so outspoken on not facing Stiverne again that he had his team pay Stiverne and his promoter a high six-figure step aside to face Luis Oritz instead. Those plans changed when Ortiz flunked a drug test in late September, opening the door for Stiverne to get his rematch much sooner than he expected.
The lack of competitiveness in the first fight has been the main reason sited by Wilder as to why he isn't interested in a rematch. Stiverne however believes that there is another reason why Wilder doesn't want to fight him again.
Out of Wilder's 39 fights Stiverne is the only man to make it to the final bell and is he believes the fact that he was able to take Wilder's power is a big reason the Alabaman isn't too keen on the rematch.
"(He doesn't want the rematch) because he is scared of me. He knows what's up. Everything he gave me I ate it like breakfast. I wouldn't want to do it either. Just like when I fought Arreola for the second time. I beat him but I sure didn't want to fight him again. He is a tough dude but this is different. This is different man," Stiverne told BoxingScene.com.
Wilder-Stiverne 2 will take place on November 4th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and will be broadcast by Showtime.
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