Wilder Decisions Stiverne

By Robert Ecksel on January 17, 2015
Wilder Decisions Stiverne
Stiverne’s ignorance of the fundamentals made Wilder look better than he actually is. (AP)

Deontay Wilder outboxed somnambulant WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne to win the title by unanimous decision…

Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Deontay Wilder (33-0, 31 KOs), the knockout artist from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, outboxed somnambulant WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1, 21 KOs) from Las Vegas by way of Haiti and Montreal, to win the title by lopsided scores of 118-109, 119-108, and 120-107.

Fighting out of the red corner in bronze trunks with black trim, Wilder used his advantages in height and reach to befuddle the Haitian champion.

Stiverne, fighting out of the blue corner in black trunks trimmed in gold, obediently followed Wilder around the ring, eating jabs like it was going out of style.

Those who were expecting a Foreman-Lyle type brawl were disappointed at the lack of action. Except for the fact that Wilder went 12 rounds for the first time, he wasn’t tested. The slow-as-molasses Stiverne couldn’t, except on rare occasions, get close enough to land anything meaningful.

Wilder had a sound game plan coming in. He would box. He wouldn’t trade. He would jab and move to his left. He would throw the one-two. He would throw the lead right. He would throw an occasional left hook. He would avoid getting trapped on the ropes

Stiverne was compliant to a fault. In addition to failing to cut off the ring, he didn’t let his hands go or move his head. His ignorance of the fundamentals made Wilder look better than he actually is.

In the buildup to the fight, Stiverne said that Wilder’s career was “strategically choreographed,” and the victory, while on the up and up, doesn’t negate that analysis. Stiverne may have a titanium chin, or failing that the heart of a lion, because Wilder’s vaunted power, in effect his calling card, was not on display. He won decisively and battered the Haitian from pillar post, but he didn’t knock him down, let alone knock him out.

But a win is a win, just as a championship belt is a championship belt, and Wilder is now one of two heavyweight champions. The other champion, Wladimir Klitschko, who has sparred with Wilder and reportedly dropped more than once, must be licking his chops at the thought of returning the green belt to the Klitschkos where it belongs.

The two men, while the same size in the same profession, are not in the same league.

After haranguing the press sitting ringside, “Who can’t box? Who can’t box?” while the ubiquitous Sam Watson did his best Bundini Brown impression, Wilder calmed down enough to talk with Showtime’s Jim Gray.

“Man, I’m so excited,” he said. “I’m just happy to bring this belt back to America officially. And guess what? I have the best fans in the world. I think I answered a lot of questions tonight. We knew we could go 12 rounds. We knew we could take a punch. We knew we could give it. All the hard work is done in camp. When you get a hit it’s supposed to be fun. And didn’t it look like I had fun? I really did. You know, I’m just excited. I’m a heavyweight, for one. I’m in America, for two. And I’m excited, man. I’m excited. We knew he was going to come. We knew Stiverne was tough. You’ve got to give it to him. He’s got a great chin. I just appreciate him for accepting the challenge. I don’t think there’s a better opponent I could of had than Bermane Stiverne. He was tough. He had a nice chin. I just wanted to show the world what Deontay Wilder was capable of and I think I proved that tonight. I don’t want nobody to doubt me no more.”

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  1. ROB 03:03am, 01/22/2015

    Where is your patriotism?! You bastardos don’t have any joy in seeing an American heavyweight win a portion of the heavyweight title?! You can’t get enough of praising Klitchko and Joshua and anyone who is NOT American! Shame on you!

  2. Robert Ecksel 09:23pm, 01/19/2015

    Norman, Can you take a deep breath and release the CAPS LOCK on your computer keyboard? I promise you, more people will read (will be able to read) your comments than not.

  3. Norman Canino 06:40pm, 01/19/2015

    IT’S TRULY REMARKABLE, HOW MANY ARMCHAIR PUGILISTS APPEAR, TO PROVIDE US WITH AN ARMCHAIR DIATRIBE CONCERNING WILDERS AND STIVERNES SHORTCOMINGS.  DEONTAY WILDER FOUGHT 32 SUCCESFUL FIGHTS IN WHICH HE ELIMINATED HIS APPONENTS WITHIN A 4 ROUND PERIOD. MR. WILDER WASTED NO TIME IN CREATING A PORTFOLIO, THAT CAN BE CONSIDERED VIABLY SUCCESSFUL.  THE MANY WRITERS WHO SEE MR. WILDERS RECORD AS NEEDING IMPROVEMENT SPEAK FROM HIGHLY ABREVIATED EXPERIENCE.  A BOXER PUNCHER WHO TRULY FOLLOWS INSTRUCTIONS; MAY WELL HAVE BEEN TOLD, TO “GET THEIR APONNENT OUT OF THERE, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE” THIS INSTRUCTION, WAS REPEATED TO MR. WILDER SUCCESFULLY 32 TIMES.  YOU CAN SAY, THAT THE GENTLEMAN SUCCESSFULLY DOES WHAT HE IS PUGILISTICLY TOLD THE GENTLEMAN IS LEARNING FROM A FELLOW BOXER PUNCHER, WHO IS OF THE SAME CONFIGURATION AND BOXING POTENTIAL; MR. MARK BRELAND, WHOSE BOXING SUCCESSES HAVE BEEN WELL DOCUMENTED AND APROVED.  MARK BRELAND IS AN EXCELLANT INSTRUCTOR. A NEW PUGLIST WOULD DO WELL TO LEARN FROM A WELL VERSED CHAMPION.  ALSO,  IF I WERE A SPARING PARTNER; I WOULDN’T BE EXPECTED TO BE KNOCKING OUT MY EMPLOYER, IT CAN TEND TO SHORTEN MY EMLOYMENT POTENTIAL. IT WOULD BE A LOT MORE SATISFYING FOR MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACKS.  THAT SO FAR SINCE MR. WILDER HAS DONE CONSIDERABLY WELL.  LETS GIVE HIM HIS DUE, AND SAY THAT SO FAR, HE’S FOLLOWED HIS GAME PLAN; AND WE MAY WELL BE PROVIDED WITH A SERIES OF INTERESTING FUTURE FIGHTS.

  4. Darrell 04:31pm, 01/19/2015

    Just to clarify my comments…..Stiverne was the clueless one.

  5. Darrell 04:28pm, 01/19/2015

    Disappointing fight, if only because Stiverne fought like an annoying little sister…....following the other participant, and I use that word purposely, around like a bad smell.

    Wilder couldn’t have asked for a better, more compliant, opponent if he had tried!  One of the most clueless fights from a professional boxer I think I’ve ever seen.  Wilder just did what Stiverne was asking for…..hence he participated in the fight…..rather than, aside from odd occasions, being forced into actually fighting.

  6. Kid Blast 01:27pm, 01/19/2015

    : Bermane Stiverne remains hospitalized after title bout with severe dehydration!!

  7. NYIrish 06:17am, 01/19/2015

    Sing it breeto. If this event wasn’t across the room at the touch of a remote I would not have seen it. PPV? Travel across town? Fageddaboutit.

  8. Koolz 05:06am, 01/19/2015

    Well Said breeto!!!  Well Said!
    As I watched the fight I to though “these guys suck”
    Apparently before this fight Wlad wanted Wilder to win, he has sparred with him in the past, and has taken Wilder out a few times.
    Of course I can see Fury beating Wilder.

  9. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:59pm, 01/18/2015

    I say that Stiverne was getting good leverage on the infrequent body shots that he landed, but he wasn’t delivering the few and far in between punches to the head with the same force…..in addition to everything else he may have been having trouble “punching up” to his much taller opponent…..even Tyson had that problem at times as witnessed by his fight with Bonecrusher Smith.

  10. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:44pm, 01/18/2015

    Which reminds me….I say that Imam KO’d Maldonado twice on the night….it was clear from his loosey goosey body language as he fell to the canvas on two of the knockdowns that he wasn’t just concussed or stunned .....he was rendered unconscious and then he fell….that he was saved by the bell or beat the count was all to his credit, but he was knocked unconscious twice and you can bet your ass on that!

  11. Dave Van Deusen 08:02pm, 01/18/2015

    Wilder took some shots, and handled them.  He boxed well for 12 rounds.  And he boxed well. All I knew coming into this fight was that he had power.  Now I know more.  And, frankly, I am impressed.  Do I think he can beat Klitschko? Not today, not tomorrow.  But in the future?  You never know.  Given that Wilder really, has next to no rounds (as a pro or as an amature -wonder how that ranks with past belt holders?-) I would give him a couple more tests/lessons, then have a unification fight in early, 2016.  In the meantime, I would keep him busy and focused. In a perfect world, I would have him fight Antonio Tarver (to get a name and make some money), Robert Helenius (as practice for fighting a big man-assuming Helenius is willing to get back in the ring), then Fury (a fight that could go either way).  If he beats Fury, then I would put him up against Klitschko. Even so, unless he looked special against these three (and looked like he was improving in each match), my money would be on Wlad.

  12. breeto 07:58pm, 01/18/2015

    To think heavyweight boxing has stooped this low saddens me. Think about Ali vs Frazier 1 at MSG. Then think about this farce. That fight looked like two rank novices. These guys couldnt carry, Liston,  Holyfields’ Lewis’s, Norton,  Bowes, Tyson, Holmes, Ali, Foreman, Frazier, or Klitchko’s jockstrap. Or even any of the part time champs, Witherspoon, Weaver, Coetzee, Thomas, Page, Sanders, Dokes, Mike Spinks. Or big time contenders, Shavers, Lyle, Quarry, Bugner, Mercer, Bruno,Williams.etc.These two fighters shouldnt of been fighting for any title nevermind the prestigious WBC World title.  Are Americans happy now that the so called “belt” is back home. Its a disgrace. Klitchko will destroy this guy. Ever heard of a champ win a title then call out a contender, (Fury),when theres a guy named Klitchko with the other THREE belts . Its almost comical. Sad, very sad. Deontay Wilder is the Heavyweight champ? if you really believe this then more power to you. He’ll hold on to it as long as he stays away from Klitchko, Joshua, Povetkin and possibly Fury. Take a look at any top 10-20. theres nothing there. If im Wilder’s manager id be fighting the “bum of the month ” club for 2 yrs until Wlad retires. Dont get me wrong, Wilder is one of the top heavyweight “contenders” out there and deserves a top 10 rating. All Wilder did really was expose how pathetic another American hype was, Arreola. Bermaine spanked that guy. And Wilder looked horrible spanking Stiverne.  Someone asked me b4 the fight “whos going to win?”. I replied ” who knows, they both look horrible and both look novice” . Did u hear King say ” if Bermane wins, ill get Tyson out of retirement”..he wasnt joking. He knows how pathetic Stiverne was/is and he really believed Tyson would kick the you know what out of him. Wilder and the rest of crew are way below Klitchko. Theres only one champ, And thats Klitchko. This is the first time in my memory that a champion of any weight class still has yet to learn the craft.  Usually it would a be a pretty dangerous division to be learning how to fight but considering the state of the heavyweights, he might just pull it off. Ive never seen anything like this…ever.

  13. Eric 03:47pm, 01/18/2015

    Wilder won’t get past Fury. He SHOULD HAVE to fight Fury in a perfect world, but this isn’t a perfect world, and boxing isn’t the most trustworthy sport by a longshot. IF he’s rushed into an immediate match with Wlad, it could get ugly for the bomb squad.

  14. Koolz 12:55pm, 01/18/2015

    Nooooooooooo!!

    what the heck I can’t stand fighters that just walk towards someone and get peppered with Jabs , what the heck does the coach say!
    I have seen more then a few Boxers do that, it’s pretty pathetic.
    Morons!
    Really a joke.
    Wlad will destroy Wilder!

  15. George Thomas Clark 11:45am, 01/18/2015

    I also think Wilder should come in a few pounds heavier than 219.  At almost 6-foot-7 he can certainly carry the extra muscle without sacrificing speed or endurance.

  16. George Thomas Clark 11:40am, 01/18/2015

    Give Wilder another fight - against Tyson Fury as many suggest - and then let him fight Klitschko.  Many of you may have seen photos of Wladimir and Deontay standing side by side as they clowned during a publicity shoot.  I give Wilder a good shot of beating the shorter Klitschio, who looked a tad deferential, though he tried to smile.  Wilder’s definitely getting better.  And Wladimir, at his age, is not.

  17. nicolas 10:35am, 01/18/2015

    I did feel that Wilder could win by decision. I suggested that very close rounds would go to Wilder, because he would be basically better bread and butter for the sport. Little did one think that Wilder would win by such a huge margin by rounds. I questioned Stiverne’s chances before the fight because he really had not fought very much, and had in 2013 and 14 fought only one man twice, Chris Areolla. Right now, Wilder while the WBC champ, is of course not the world champ, but I would now suggest that he is the champion of the Ameirca’s.

  18. Matt McGrain 09:58am, 01/18/2015

    Wilder is to be congratulated for his disciplined performance, but Stiverne was absurdly bad.  Did he land more than 9 punches in any round?  He doesn’t know how to jab or to cut off the ring? wtf, that was bad.  Really, really bad. 
    Wilder is probably the worst titleist of the last twenty years.  He’ll get the chance to prove me wrong now though.

  19. Eric 09:22am, 01/18/2015

    Haven’t seen the fight yet, but the live reports described how the crowd was booing because of the lack of action. Both of these guys talked a lot sh*t about putting a hurting on the other opponent and how this was going to be a “real” fight. These guys promised Foreman vs. Lyle, but we received Witherspoon vs. Tubbs.  And you wonder why boxing is a dying sport.

  20. Pete The Sneak 09:22am, 01/18/2015

    Irish Frankie…Spot on dude…I think Stiverne did indeed see the reflection of his own eyes when he said he saw something. His post fight interview pretty much confirmed that it was he who wasn’t ready…What the heck kind of game plan did he come into the fight with? As for Wilder, he appeared to be more happy about his going 12 Rounds than he was for wining the fight….Yes Robert, Ol’ Wladdy must truly be licking his chops indeed…By the by, Tony Weeks did his usual outstanding job, as he was pretty much person non grata in this fight, which is the best compliment you can give him…Peace.

  21. Eric 09:13am, 01/18/2015

    Wilder should fight Fury next. Winner receives a shot at Wlad, for the REAL HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE.

  22. Jarrett Zook 08:56am, 01/18/2015

    I called it dead on for the record. My predictions here on boxing.com. Also, called Kovalev by UD.

  23. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:03am, 01/18/2015

    Don’t know what Stiverne saw in Wilder’s eyes at the the weigh in…..he claimed Deontay’s eyes told him that Wilder wasn’t ready for this….but I’m thinking it could have been a reflection of the look in his own eyes before the opening bell last night which practically screamed….“Holy fuk! It was me that was not ready for this!” As for me, I started to have major misgivings too…right after I heard him talk about the money his Mom paid to have his teeth fixed!

  24. NYIrish 06:57am, 01/18/2015

    Well, I called that one wrong. Mark Breland and Wilder deserve a lot of credit. Wilder moved better than I thought he could. The big man rose to the occasion and went twelve rounds without getting derailed. Stiverne made it easy for Wilder. He displayed the mobility of a ring post and stood there eating leather like he loved it. “Change your height.” When you get hit once there is another one coming behind it. Adherance to basics would have saved Stiverne a beating. Amazing.

  25. Clarence George 05:34am, 01/18/2015

    The Grinch:  I’m never surprised when fights that should be made aren’t.  Alvarez-Cotto, for example.  The same could well be true of Klitschko-Wilder, but I think it may be likelier than not, if only because it would result in a unified heavyweight champ (Klitschko).  There’d be a lot of fan demand for that.  Of course, what fans want and what they get, at least in boxing, are two very different things.  Mayweather-Pacquiao comes most immediately to mind.

  26. The Grinch 04:26am, 01/18/2015

    Clarence: I disagree with you. Wilder probably won’t fight Klitschko. What will ruin him is his involvement with Don King, who we must assume has options on him.  Can Al Haymon protect Wilder from King? Who knows, but there will probably be litigation that will keep Wilder out of the ring or he will be unhappy with his purses or something will result in him fighting only once a year (or less) and the momentum he got from last night’s fight will soon be gone. Hate to sound like the Grinch, but DK has destroyed more fighters than their combined opponents. DK represented Stiverne, who is Canadian by way of Haiti, yet all King talked about all week was bringing the title back to the U.S.  And Stiverne looked like he had the spark extnguished last night seconds after the first bell.

  27. GlennR 04:08am, 01/18/2015

    Good result for Wilder.
    Yes, Joshua is good, but keep an eye out for Joseph Parker

  28. Clarence George 04:04am, 01/18/2015

    A surprising outcome, partly because Wilder won, but mainly because it went the distance.  GTC, I think you were the only one who thought it might go the 12, albeit with Stiverne the winner.  Anyway, Stiverne is for all intents and purposes finished, and the same will be true of Wilder once Klitschko gets done with him.  Curious to see what happens when promising heavies like Anthony Joshua come to the table.

  29. Jack 03:26am, 01/18/2015

    Well, Wilder had much better boxing skills than he had displayed to date, which is what I based my opinion on. As far as his power, it is as good as I thought it was, but not what everyone who thought he would win by KO expected. Stiverne, basically imitated a human heavy bag for Wilder and did not get KO’D!!! Robert, your analysis is spot on, Wilder can give a lot of guys not named Klitschko some trouble, but past that????? Let’s see how his chin holds up when hit with a solid combination, not just a single punch every other round. I don’t remember one person saying Wilder would win a 12 round decision, so all predictions were wrong, not just mine!!!

  30. Gajjers 03:00am, 01/18/2015

    Sounds like Wilder has done something to be proud of, but for now it will be difficult to talk about ANY heavyweight champion who is NOT called Klitschko. Congrats anyway. I’d like to see the British kid Anthony Joshua in the near future though - he looks like a lock for a title or two.

  31. George Thomas Clark 11:06pm, 01/17/2015

    Wait till I get hold of the scoundrel who hacked into my Word file and thoroughly changed my predication, which was this: “Tall and strong Deontay Wilder will dominate the fight and win by ten points or more on all cards.”

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