Wilder: Stiverne First Dehydrated Heavyweight in Boxing History!

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Deontay Wilder wanted to give Bermane Stiverne a present the day after Stiverne’s 39th birthday.

Stiverne refused to open the gift bag Wilder gave him, so Wilder revealed Thursday what was inside. The sarcastic WBC heavyweight champion bought a bottle of Pedialyte to help Stiverne avoid the dehydration Stiverne insists hurt his performance in their first fight nearly three years ago. 

A stone-faced Stiverne wasn’t remotely amused by Wilder’s display during the final press conference before their mandatory rematch Saturday night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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“Dehydration, right?,” a smiling Wilder said. “He became the first heavyweight in history that became dehydrated in a fight. The first. And we gonna give him that. We’ll give him that. We’re gonna say he was dehydrated. We heard he was in full health the first time, right? He said that if he wasn’t training, then he would be worried, that he trained his ass off, right? That he was ready. But when he got in that ring, I don’t know what happened. But we’re gonna make sure it don’t happen no more, Bermane. … Bermane, we’re gonna make sure that don’t happen no more.”

Wilder defeated Stiverne convincingly to win the WBC title from him in January 2015, yet Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) remains the only opponent Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) hasn’t knocked out since he turned pro in November 2008. The 32-year-old knockout artist from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, won a unanimous decision in their 12-round bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (120-107, 119-108, 118-109).

The Haitian-born, Las Vegas-based Stiverne has fought just once since Wilder beat him, but the WBC still installed him as Wilder’s mandatory challenger. Stiverne was preparing to meet Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs) on the Wilder-Luis Ortiz undercard Saturday night, but the former champion replaced Ortiz once the unbeaten Cuban southpaw tested positive late in September for two banned substances.

Though disappointed that Ortiz failed to follow protocol for the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program, the hard-hitting Wilder is eager to prove he can knock out Stiverne.

“He was the only man to survive ‘The Alabama Slammer,’ ” Wilder said. “And this is what makes this a great fight, because when I knock him out there won’t be nobody, no fighter, that says they survived with Deontay Wilder. That’s what’s so special about this fight. That’s why people should watch it. This is the magic about this fight – he was the only one to survive. He left with a lot of lumps and humps on him, though. A lot of excuses. This fight right here, we’re gonna leave it all in the ring. No excuses. Winner takes all.”

The Wilder-Stiverne rematch will headline a Showtime tripleheader set to start Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

The co-featured fight will match former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs), of Akron, Ohio, against Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 12 KOs), of Cicero, Illinois, in a 10-round, 147-pound bout. The telecast will start with a 12-round battle between Kazakhstan’s Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KOs) and Japan’s Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tyrone Biggums on 11-04-2017

Stiverne is shot to **** he had life and death with Derrick Rossy like 18 months ago and is a fat, old tired out dude. I don't even know why this ****ty fight is happening but Wilder will blast him…

Comment by Elroy The Great on 11-04-2017

rates as one of the more hilarious excuses for losing a fight :lol1:

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 11-03-2017

Shows how tiny Wilder's brain is to keep making stupid comments like this. It happens. Fighters often over train, some get dehydrated, dehydration limits ability to perform properly. IT. FEKING. HAPPENS. It would be great if, even in losing, Stiverne…

Comment by KingHippo on 11-03-2017

[QUOTE=bluemax;18181220]Wilder vs the human punching bag. Will it go the distance? Will Wilder tire out from beating on the human punching bag? Or will Wilder knock him out. I predict a knockout win for Wilder by round 5[/QUOTE] A human…

Comment by bluepete on 11-03-2017

[QUOTE=kushking;18181573]:haha: ya them giants beating tiny bums(several which they were getting ass kicked vs) is sure so much more impressive than Wilder koing 39 of 40 opponents & signing up to fight all comers that are so shook they try…

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