Wilder vs. Stiverne II—Second Verse, Same as the First

By Marc Livitz on October 5, 2017
Wilder vs. Stiverne II—Second Verse, Same as the First
It was a bit difficult to watch, but at least Adalaide Byrd got the scoring right that night.

Nothing would have suggested that the two should ever meet again but on November 4th in Brooklyn, we’ll see just that…

As if the heavyweight division needed yet another plug to keep it from being downgraded to life support, WBC champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder will have an opponent after all. Less than a week after the Tuscaloosa, Alabama native’s original opponent, Luis Ortiz, was disqualified for testing positive for substances which could only make his heart work even harder, Wilder may take the first step toward an epic clash with Anthony Joshua sometime next year.

However, before that can even reach the talking stages, Deontay must first move a familiar foe out of his way. In January of 2015, he easily pummeled Bermane Stiverne in a well publicized bout in Las Vegas. If anything, Wilder (38-0, 37 KO’s) demonstrated that he could go into deeper waters in a championship contest, which for him meant going past the fourth round for the first time in his career. That Saturday evening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was also (and still is) the lone instance where he didn’t prevail by knockout.

Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s), a native of Haiti, ultimately held the WBC heavyweight crown for about six months until he was dealt the second loss of his career in a contest where he threw almost half the amount of punches as Deontay Wilder. It was a bit difficult to watch, but at least Adalaide Byrd got the scoring right that night. She saw the contest in favor of “The Bronze Bomber” to the tune of 118-109. The two other judges turned in tallies of 119-108 and a resounding 120-107, respectively.

Nothing would have suggested that the two should ever meet again but on November 4th in Brooklyn, we’ll see just that. It’s better than the alternative, which could have easily been Wilder vacating his title due to inactivity and a showdown with IBF, IBO and WBA champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KO’s) being shelved for another year. Grin and bear it. Like and share it. The choice is ours, although not just yet. This is better than nothing, right?

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  1. Lucas McCain 07:34am, 10/09/2017

    Hard to believe anything exciting can come of this, but remember how often Jersey Joe Walcott came up dry, then a left uppercut/hook rewrote the story. (“I can’t get excited fighting him” Ezzard was supposed to have said.)  Berm is bigger but far less skillful than Joe.

  2. fan 04:27pm, 10/06/2017

    Boxing needs to create boxing rivalry as Wider vs Stiv or GGG vs Alv.

  3. nicolas 09:51am, 10/05/2017

    When Tyson Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko some two years ago, many writers were sayjlng how promising the heavyweight division looked. But two years later now, one cannot say that at all. Tyson Fury said before his match with Wlad, if I can’t beat a 39 year old, I should retire. Well he beat this 39 year old, and appears retired. Klitschko a then 41 year old, having not fought in some 18 months, almost defeat Joshua, having him o n the brink of a knockout. he has retired,  Povetkin, and now Ortiz were to test Wilder, but they have been found to have there bodies tainted with substances. All we need now is to have Kubrat Pulev defeat Joshua, and the heavyweight division will really be at a nadir in its history.

  4. Kid BLAST 07:00am, 10/05/2017

    No. KO this time

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