Stiverne-Wilder Predictions

By Boxing News on January 16, 2015
Stiverne-Wilder Predictions
Bermane Stiverne is no Klitschko, but he’s light-years ahead of the men Wilder has faced.

Klitschko notwithstanding, this contest is a true elimination fight. If Wilder doesn’t eliminate Stiverne, he’ll be eliminated from further discussion…

On Saturday, January 17, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Bermane Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs), from Las Vegas by way of Haiti and Montreal, defends his WBC heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), the knockout artist from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Wladimir Klitschko notwithstanding, this contest is a true elimination fight. If Wilder doesn’t eliminate Stiverne, early and convincingly, he’ll be eliminated from further discussion. Stiverne is no Klitschko, but he’s light-years ahead of the men Wilder has faced. This is how the writers see Stiverne vs. Wilder.

Adam Berlin: “There are exceptions, but most professional fighters start boxing as kids when their bodies are malleable enough to be molded, when their heads are clear enough to be programmed with discipline and technique. In this fight we have two fighters who picked up their first pair of gloves at the relatively ancient age of 19. Deontay Wilder is now 29. Bermane Stiverne is now 36. Forget Wilder’s impressive physical stats of length and reach—this fight comes down to seasoning. Stiverne has seven added years of ring experience, he’s faced the tougher competition, so he’ll be comfortable under those bright Vegas lights, breathing easy while Wilder wings. Stiverne has vowed to hurt Wilder. When he starts controlling ring geography by round 3, when he gets close enough to tag the un-tested Wilder, Stiverne will fulfill his promise. Don’t believe the Wilder hype: Bermane Stiverne, with KO power in both fists, drops the novice from Tuscaloosa by round 10.”

Teron Briggs: “Wilder’s people are teaching him how to swim by throwing him in the deep water without ever having let him get adjusted to the shallow end. Have you ever seen someone get in the water over their head and be completely overcome? Yeah, it’s not a pretty sight. Stiverne is no Wladimir but he’s eons better than the Jason Gaverns of the world. Bermane will weather Wilder’s early onslaught and stop him in the middle rounds.”

Jay Bulger: “After watching the Austin-Stiverne replay, I’m going to go out on a limb and take Wilder by late knockout. Wilder’s long reach and stiff jab will absolutely dominate the fight as he builds up to landing the big right hands. Stiverne will take a few to get one, and Wilder will narrowly make it through the fight without getting hit by that one Stiverne shot that could change everything. Stiverne will tire in late rounds, and Wilder puts it on him until fight is stopped.”

George Thomas Clark: “This week I’ve been watching tapes of Deontay Wilder pole-axe thirty-two straight opponents, most with his whip-cracking right hand. I’d also checked him out on several other occasions. Knockouts, like other traumas, attract attention. Now he has an opportunity to fight Bermane Stiverne, owner of the WBC heavyweight championship belt, the only one not in the closet of Wladimir Klitschko. Wilder’s certainly an impressive athlete, six-foot-seven and two hundred twenty-five pounds. He reminds me of a taller Mac Foster, who excited the boxing world in the late sixties by knocking out his first twenty-four opponents. Some of his victims were once-prominent heavyweights – Thad Spencer and Cleveland Williams—then diminished by drugs or bullets. I didn’t know what would happen when he fought Jerry Quarry in June 1970. Quarry, battle-hardened against Joe Frazier, Jimmy Ellis, and George Chuvalo, battered and knocked out the confused Foster in six rounds. Foster would never be stopped again, and in fact lasted fifteen lopsided rounds against Muhammad Ali before joining the sad list of trial opponents for younger prospects and losing his final four fights. Is Deontay Wilder another Mac Foster? I don’t know. How do you judge a large, explosive puncher who hasn’t competed against serious contenders? Wilder definitely hasn’t fought anyone as good as Joe Frazier, who’d already busted Quarry once. Bermane Stiverne hasn’t vanquished a murderer’s row of historical heavies, either, but his last two fights he decisioned and stopped large and competent Chris Arreola, who’s likely better than anyone Wilder’s fought. So I think Stiverne’s experience and twenty-pound advantage in muscle will enable him to survive Wilder’s attacks before he lands his own distinguished right hand and forces Wilder to retreat if, indeed, the challenger is still standing. I’m wagering hot air that Bermane Stiverne stops Deontay Wilder or wins a unanimous decision.”

José Corpas: “This is a tough match to predict since we don’t know enough about both fighters. Stiverne has faced the better opposition but not by much. He’s Arreola-tested more than battle-tested. But Wilder is untested. Sergei had little more than his name left and Malik Scott took a seat before the fight started. I would love for Deontay Wilder to be the real thing. But there is something Billy Foxish about his matchmaking—hard hitting heavyweight prospects should not be fighting 40-year-old middleweights even as last minute replacements. Logic says Stiverne should win. But sometimes promoters are protecting the investment not the fighter.  ‘m taking a chance that’s the case with Wilder and that he’s done well enough in his 32 quizzes to be ready for his first true test.”

Robert Ecksel: “I suppose I want an American heavyweight champion as much as the next guy, but I want him to win the title fair and square. Wilder has garnered more attention than he deserves. Flattening everyone he has met, within four rounds no less, is nothing to sneeze at. But of the 32 men he stopped, their combined records are an undistinguished 418-200-23, and not one of them was a legitimate top ten heavyweight. Wilder may put Stiverne down, but Stiverne can give Wilder a taste of his own medicine if he can avoid the early onslaught. There are a few wild cards in this fight, however, aside from Wilder’s untested chin. Wilder’s manager Al Haymon and Stiverne’s promoter Don King are behind the scenes pulling the strings, and if there’s more money to be made with Wilder on the throne, it’s more likely that will happen than not. I expect Wilder to rock Stiverne early. He’ll retreat to the ropes where Wilder unloads, at which time the ref intervenes and prematurely stops the fight, to the dismay of many but to the delight of NBC.”

Mohummad Humza Elahi: “I would say that this is the first real test of Wilder’s career. Thirty-two men were paid to enter and thirty-two have been blasted out by the Bronze Bomber. Are they that bad or is Wilder that good? Most tend towards the former, but that could change on Saturday night. Wilder may swing for the fences and be laissez faire with the fundamentals, but he’s damn quick for a heavyweight and if he can land one of those big shots, Stiverne may find himself in real trouble. The Haitian has a good chance of beating Wilder with a show of purist boxing, but to try and outgun the Bomber despite his own terrific KO record may be the wrong strategy. Wilder hasn’t been past 4 rounds and Stiverne has only gone the full championship distance once. My money is both guys gassing pretty hard if it gets to 6 and the fight turning into a slow motion car crash if it gets past that, which would be a feat in itself. Someone is gonna get knocked out. Quickly. It could genuinely go either way but I’m leaning towards Wilder. I think he’ll only need one right hand to usher in The Bronze Age. Wilder to win in 5.”

Clarence George: “While Deontay Wilder is a phenomenal power-puncher, his ring technique is imperceptible to the point of invisibility, and he moves about the squared circle like molasses in winter. Bermane Stiverne appears to be more skilled and versatile, and hits pretty hard himself, but his distaste for keeping up his left could result in Wilder sending him into the nose-bleed seats. Let’s assume, pretty much for the hell of it, that Team Stiverne worked on that weakness. If so, I predict Stiverne will drag Wilder, who’s never fought beyond the fourth, into the deep waters of the later rounds, stopping him by 10th-round TKO. But neither one of these guys has what it takes to beat Wladimir Klitschko, though Stiverne would have a better chance than Wilder.”

Christian Giudice: “Make no mistake about it—Deontay Wilder is not the type of fighter who is your one-dimensional power puncher. He moves well, has quick hands, and effectively sets up his power punches. Even in some of his quick knockout wins, it’s easy to see that despite his size, he’s not your typical straightforward fighter. Occasionally, Wilder will use a jab to set up a right hand that is quick and accurate. It’s that right hand followed by a left hook that will hurt Bermane Stiverne early and often. Wilder’s too fast and powerful for Stiverne, who will be helpless to that onslaught as he finally succumbs to a knockout heading into fifth round. It’s no longer about what American heavyweights lack; when it comes to Wilder, the conversation will turn to his unlimited potential—a refreshing turn of events. Finally a heavyweight with substance, with layers, but more importantly with a fire and intensity to match his skill set. Tonight, the boxing world finally unveils the heavyweight fighter who has magnificent skills and a bright future.”

Sembello C. Hasson: “From the world’s worst boxing prognosticator. I am picking Stiverne, who I think is the more rugged battler.”

Ben Hoskin: “The locals I’ve been speaking to here in Cape Town are quite excited for this contest as am I. It’s been a while since the USA has had a live contender for a version of the title and to be fair it’s about time. The greatest nation as regards to the blue ribbon and belt needs to have queues of pugilists lining up for a crack at the big show. However, despite my excitement at the Bronze Bomber’s elevation to the echelon of his profession, I still feel he’s a touch underdone at the cutting edge of his trade. Whilst possessing vaunted kayo power, his victories have been against B-level opponents at best. Stiverne may be nearer to 40 than 30 but he’s not shopworn and not had too many battles that accelerate the atrophy that affects many boxers his age if the PEDs aren’t involved. Whilst his body shape doesn’t exude the magnificence of the Adonis-like form of his opponent, I’ve always had a soft spot for fighters of this vintage. He kind of reminds me of a Witherspoon/Dokes hybrid with a lot of ticker. If the Haitian can withstand the initial onslaught, which his teak like whiskers have a tendency to do, then I see him stopping Wilder late. Is it insidious also to suggest the electric haired one wouldn’t allow a loss for his last meal ticket if the judges were forced to submit their cards? I’ve recently read the newly pious Mr. Holyfield has pontificated such thoughts on matters relating to this magnificent sport! All the best.”

Johnathan Lee Iverson: “Deontay Wilder is still very green. He’s still rather careless. However, he possesses that great equalizer—power; and love him or hate him, he definitely has a special brand of power. It’s the kind of power that gets your attention. Bermane Stiverne has experience and an array of tools that should work in his favor. Wilder has done plenty of hitting in his 32 victories. It will be interesting to see how he reacts if the champion tags him with one of those clever over hand right hands or tight left hooks. Yet, to do that he will have to find his way around Wilder’s vaunted power. As I see it, Wilder wins by KO inside 5.”

Norman Marcus: “Bermaine Stiverne and Deontay Wilder will meet at the MGM Grand in Vegas on January 17th. They are fighting for the WBC heavyweight belt, vacated by Vitali Klitschko in December, 2013. The champion, Stiverne, knocked out Chris Areola to win the title in May, in Los Angeles. His promoter is Don King, which makes me nervous. Bermaine is starting to creak a bit at 36 years of age. He is 24-1-1 with 21 KOs but still has a good right hand.Wilder, just 29 years old from Alabama, also has a powerful right hand and a powerful mouth to go along with it. He is 32-0 with all of his wins coming by way of knockout. But most of these guys were tomato cans. Kind of reminds me of Toro Morino in The Harder They Fall. I think there was more action between Don King and Al Haymon during negotiations than we shall see in the ring. Still, it’s a nice payday for everyone. Hype is everything! I miss Dr. Vitali Klitschko already. He and his brother brought some class to the ring. My pick: the Haitian-born Bermaine Stiverne in a late round TKO.”

Gordon Marino: “I am picking Wilder by a KO somewhere between round 1 and 6. When Wilder hits people they go down and Stiverne is hittable.”

Joe Masterleo: “Neither Bermane Stiverne or Deontay Wilder are classy heavyweights. Rather, they’re middling sea creatures filling a heavyweight tide pool left vacant by Vitali Klitschko’s receding tsunami wave. And it’s a cavernous tidal (title) pool at that, leaving its inhabitants vying for Neptune’s esteemed trident (WBC bragging rights). The outcome of most battles between sea elephants depends on which one wallops the other first and most with his thrashing lethal tusks. Like most lumbering behemoths, Stiverne and Wilder each pack a potent jab and formidable power punch. With such hulking specimens, all it takes is one timely shot and its ‘game over.’ Despite impressively disposing of all 32 of his opponents by KO, a whopping 18 of them in the first round, the scoop on Wilder is that he’s been a big fish in small pond whose foes have been mostly soft shelled—club fighters, journeymen and has-beens— lifeless denizens of Davey Jones’s Locker. As such, Wilder’s chin and stamina have never seriously been tested, and he’s had only 33 amateur bouts, leaving formidable chinks in his man-‘o-war armor for exploitation. Questions on both fighters remain: Is Wilder a barracuda or a chicken-of-the-sea tuna? Is Stiverne a killer whale or a fluke? With so much at stake and so many unanswered questions, it’s hard to tell whether either fighter is fish or fowl. While Stiverne has a tough chin, his biggest weakness is his defense, often taking more punches than he should, resorting to tortoise-shell face-blocking to fend off blows, a tactic that will prove ineffective with the powerful Wilder. As Stivirne won’t back down from Wilder, look for the leather to fly big time, with the bout ending in a KO by its mid-point. While Stiverne packs a whale of a punch, ‘wailing’ alone won’t get the job done in netting Wilder, the proud owner of a lethal right hand. As rising tide lifts all boats from dinghy to schooner, likewise, a resounding right hand drops all opponents, be they blind Sisters of the Poor, barroom brawlers, sides of beef or power punching Leviathans like Stiverne. Like a victim of lightning, the dazed ‘punchee’ needn’t take the thunderbolt personally, however woozy the aftermath. Wilder’s five inch height and three inch reach advantage should work to his advantage, but only if he can keep his distance while averting inside skirmishes with WBC champion. “He’s fought nobody,” boasts Stiverne, and after Saturday the WBC champ may sooner be one of those nobodies. By fight time, Stiverne should be the heavy odds-on-favorite facing his fish-or-cut-bait opponent. Yet I’ll go with Wilder in the upset by KO within 3-5 rounds.”

Matt McGrain: “I think Stiverne will win, probably quite early and by a knockout. It is the considerable promotional weight of Al Haymon that makes me ponder the wisdom of this pick, rather than anything about Wilder that particularly impresses. On the upside, this fight might produce a limited amount of mayhem before it’s over.”

Richard Mendel: “Personally, I have little respect for Wilder. He lacks the ability to use the left side of his body. Besides a straight right he has no jab or semblance of a left hook. He seems to lack much in the way of technical skill at all. I am afraid that fighters with these attributes often find fights in which the opponent punches back remarkably more difficult.”

Robert Mladinich: “This is a tough one to pick. I’m not sold on Wilder because, despite his many knockouts. If you look closely at the punches he lands there is not a tremendous amount of snap on them. Anyone who can roll a bit should be able to survive the onslaught. Stiverne is very slick and savvy and hits hard, but you have to wonder if he will be afflicted with the Don King jinx. Fighters, especially heavyweights, sign with King and then plummet. This is a tough one to pick, but I’m going with Stiverne who I expect to land some well-placed rights to Wilder’s body and wear him down the way he did Arreola. I’m not trying to hedge my bets and sound like a waffler, but I’ll go with Stiverne by TKO 10.”

Ezra Salkin: “I have more faith in Arreola’s capacity to end someone’s night than I do Wilder, based on who Chris has fought. Chris was never able to seriously hurt Stiverne, so I don’t see Wilder doing it either. I also don’t see Wilder being able to win without his power. Stivern by mid-late round TKO.”

Ted Spoon: “Watching Bermane cover what looked like 80/20 beef with Ragu sauce was not a confidence builder. Mobility is his greatest con—where’s the nutritionist to the rescue? Despite this the Haitian slugger is my pick to come out of this potentially explosive bout. Numbers themselves don’t lie—32-0 (32 KOs), but most are gifted with the power of sight, and I’ve used mine to observe Deontay’s ropey command of boxing and his most credible opponent take a dive. His route to victory probably lies in starting quick and thumping Bermane at arm’s length, but I suspect this will fail, and the shorter man will wind up something nasty on the counter. I’ve got Stiverne in the first half of the fight though I’ll gladly be wrong. This Saturday the heavyweight division has our attention.”

Caryn A. Tate: “Despite his seemingly impressive 32-0 (32 KOs) record, Deontay Wilder has not faced any serious opposition to earn this shot at the WBC heavyweight championship. The majority of his opponents have nearly as many losses as wins to their names (as a recent example, in his last fight from August 2014, his opponent had a record of 25-16-4). He’s been protected from higher level opposition, it seems, for his entire career, and you have to wonder why. When examining his fighting style, many observers these days—apparently in their endless quest for an American heavyweight of some esteem—appear to only see the knockout power with which he’s delivered those 32 KOs. But much bigger issues to me are the numerous questions that we haven’t seen answered about Wilder yet. Yes, he clearly has power—but does he have a legit delivery mechanism for that power? Does he have any real athletic ability? What kind of chin does he have if he finally takes a good shot from another big heavyweight? What kind of heart does he have if he gets into trouble? My suspicion from watching his previous fights is that Wilder doesn’t have much athletic ability in his legs, and if he gets into trouble I have a hunch he goes down fairly quickly (as he did in the 2008 Olympics, easily found on YouTube). Since he hasn’t been tested yet at all as a pro, we have no idea what kind of chin he has or if he has the durability or training to do what it takes to hang in there, much less overcome serious obstacles. Most of these questions have already been answered about Bermane Stiverne. While his opponents have also not been a who’s who list of world-class heavyweights, he has faced at least one legit contender in Chris Arreola, and defeated him twice. In those victories over Arreola, we’ve seen Stiverne overcome adversity, we’ve seen him slip and block punches, and we’ve seen him get rocked by some shots and not falter. In the process he’s shown us that at least he deserves to be where he is on the world stage as a heavyweight champion. He also appears much more emotionally and mentally mature than Wilder—one of the hallmarks of a fighter who is perhaps more ready for this level in the sport. Stiverne is the shorter man in this bout with shorter reach, though, and it’s definitely a question as to whether he can take Wilder’s power shots as well as whether he’ll be able to land his own. The most interesting thing about this fight is that it is a rare one that actually could come down to who lands the first best shot, and how well the other man will take it. It’s possible Wilder has what it takes to touch Stiverne and get him out of there; but I think the more likely scenario is that Stiverne’s experience and maturity pay off. Stiverne by KO within 6 rounds.”

Peter Wood: “Wilder wins by knockout in the sixth round. He’s been well maneuvered throughout this short career, he has an Olympic pedigree to fall back on, and Mark Breland is in his corner.”

Jarrett Zook: “For the first time in his career Deontay Wilder is going to face a real test. Bermane Stiverne is tough and get can hit pretty hard. But he does seem to be limited in his boxing ability. Early in his career he struggled against the mediocre Charles Davis and received a draw. Also, he was behind on two cards when he rallied to knock out Ray Austin and wasn’t overly impressive against journeyman Willie Herring. However, back to back wins over Chris Arreola have proven that Stiverne is a legitimate top five heavyweight. Being a top five heavyweight may not be much considering today’s pitiful landscape, but it does mean that Bermane is far better than any fighter Wilder has faced. He has beaten a bunch of nobodies, an ancient Liakhovich, and the once promising Malik Scott. But Deontay has absolutely blitzed all opposition and no one has lasted more than four rounds with him. Consequently, I think Stiverne will take Wilder to places he hasn’t been. However, I think that Wilder’s size and skill will be enough to take the day. He was an Olympic bronze medalist after all and should thus have far better conventional boxing skills than Bermane. I predict Wilder will win by a unanimous decision and may put enough cumulative damage on Stiverne to force a late round stoppage. We know nothing of Wilder’s chin though and it is entirely possible that he will be exposed, although I don’t expect that to happen tonight. This fight should answer some questions about Wilder, but will leave others that only a certain dreadnought named Wladimir can answer.”

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  1. Kid Blast 12:07pm, 01/17/2015

    I’m reluctantly going with Stiverne for the simple reason that Wilder does not have enough rounds under him. Team Stiverne knows this and everything they do will be designed to take advantage of this. If they are successful in getting this one into the 5th round, I see Wilder gassing and Stiverne taking him out with something sneaky and sharp ala Arreola. Stiverne is a relaxed fighter (much like a prime Michel Dokes), but he has fast hands and uses sharp combos. Arreola commented on how hard his head was as well.

  2. Pete The Sneak 08:09am, 01/17/2015

    This should be a good scrap…Neither one of these guys blow me away, however I’m picking Wilder to KO Stiverne in a wild and crazy 6th Round KO…Peace

  3. Eric 08:05am, 01/17/2015

    Wilder is scared to death. He must have went through 5 different personalities in that clip from the press conference. He leads off with a “reverend” Al $harpton act of USING God & prayer, and then goes spazoid about something called a “bomb squad,” that leads to a poor man’s Broner act of putting a “Haitian on vacation.”

  4. Eric 07:59am, 01/17/2015

    This is what passes for a marquee matchup in the heavyweight division nowadays. This is jokingly classified as a fight for the world heavyweight championship. A prime Tommy Morrison would’ve destroyed both of these posers.

  5. Koolz 06:47am, 01/17/2015

    Joe Masterleo

    You’re a great writer!  I love the metaphor of Sea Creatures.  I always thought of Golovkin as a Giant Shark that is swimming in Middleweight Division.

    But don’t agree on Wilder winning.

  6. Magoon 03:42am, 01/17/2015

    I’m very surprised that Mr. Giudice - that anyone - can talk about Wilder’s “unlimited potential” and “magnificent skills.” Unless he’s being sarcastic? The guy has bulldozers for fists, especially the right, but that’s all he has. And his opposition has been terrible. I can’t think of a more protected fighter. Mr. Marcus comparing him to Toro Moreno is right on. What he needs is Jersey Joe Walcott to wake him up by putting him down. I’m not saying he won’t beat Stiverne (I think it’s 50/50), but that he stinks. So does Stiverne. The whole heavyweight division stinks and this fight won’t prove otherwise.

  7. NYIrish 09:19pm, 01/16/2015

    Teddy talks about fights but I doubt he bets them. Wilder has been protected. He has a glass head, poor balance and lacks the instincts of a successful fighter. Stiverne is a fighter. That will be enough in this case.

  8. Clarence George 08:47pm, 01/16/2015

    Teddy Atlas says that Wilder will use his right to knock out Stiverne no later than the second, and more likely in the first.  Not inconceivable, though I don’t see it myself.

  9. Eric 07:53pm, 01/16/2015

    Ironic that Mark Breland is Wilder’s trainer. Breland had a dynamite punch but no physical strength and that was a major reason for his pro career not living up to expectations. Wilder is 6’7” but he’s light in the ass and legs. Some big 240lb heavyweight able to get past that reach and power, will muscle this guy around and lay their weight on top of Wilder’s lanky body. Those skinny legs will turn into noodles trying to hold up some 240-250lb heavyweight.

  10. Clarence George 07:49pm, 01/16/2015

    I stick by my own prediction, of course, but Robert’s scenario is disconcertingly plausible.

  11. Koolz 06:51pm, 01/16/2015

    I pick Stiverne to get on the inside and push with his weight Wilder up on the rops and beat him up!  I see him dragging Stiverne into later rounds and TKO’ing Wilder.
    I have never seen Wilder even box!  He just throws his right and it’s good night.
    well Stiverne can box.

  12. murphman 06:13pm, 01/16/2015

    Deontay could pull a Sylvester Wilder here. Don’t go for that beer until the bell.

  13. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:06pm, 01/16/2015

    Hagler/Hearns should be Stiverne’s template…..and if it isn’t, he hasn’t done his homework….it was bombs away in the first round sure enough but Hearn’s spindly ass legs were giving out as early as the second round. It should be “push’em back, push’em back, push’em waaaaay back!”....from the opening bell and as long as it lasts.

  14. nicolas 02:13pm, 01/16/2015

    Mr. Ecksel for me has the pulse of this fight. I can see the referee stopping the fight prematurely for Wilder. Stiverne has only fought one man in the last two years, Chris Arreola. If Wilder can hit Stiverne harder in those early rounds than Arreolla did, don’t be surprised what I suggest. Also, I think if it goes the distance, yes Stiverne has a better chance of a knockout later, but also some rounds that are close, that Stiverne might have won, those rounds might go to Wilder, which could give Wilder a surprise and controversial decision.  Certainly a Wilder win will be looked upon with greater economic potential then a Stiverne win.

  15. Barry 12:42pm, 01/16/2015

    Really enjoyed reading you guys predictions. I am taking Stiverne to win by KO 4-8rds.

  16. Eric 11:43am, 01/16/2015

    Love the Norman Marcus comparison of Wilder to the character, “Toro Morino” from the excellent movie, “The Harder They Fall.” The Wilder vs. Scott bout looked like something out of, “The Harder They Fall.” I think Mr. Marcus is right about this fight possibly living up to the hype it has generated also. Early knockout, late knockout, decision, it will be lackluster either way. Wilder says he is no Michael Grant, have to wait and see.

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