Thursday, 15 January 2015

Stiverne v Wilder. Burden of proof.

Bermaine Stiverne is the WBC heavyweight champion of the world, he will make his first defence on Saturday in a highly anticipated grudge match with Unbeaten puncher Deontay Wilder. Wilder is currently 32 fights unbeaten with all of his victories coming by Knockout, in fact Wilder hasn't been past 4. Stiverne has 24 wins, 21 by knockout, along with a single loss and a draw, but his path to he championship has seen a sterner level of competition in comparison to that of Wilders. Stiverne came from Haiti to Las Vegas via Canada where he had a modest amateur grounding, based now in the Mayweather boxing club with trainer Don House, Stiverne is a throwback heavyweight, his style wouldn't look out of place in amongst the heavyweights of the 1980s. Deontay is a 21st century heavyweight, 6 foot 9 and solid, really hasn't put a foot wrong in his 6 years as a pro, but the lack of rounds is a factor that may hurt him at World level, that seasoning that is most invaluable for any top level fighter is still a work in progress, he hasn't had to reach for anything much apart from his natural power. Stiverne secured his belt last May with a solid knockout win over tough Chris Arreola in LA, following a previous victory 6 months earlier to earn him the WBC silver belt..  The more proven man in this match is no doubt Stiverne, but the hype and expectation is on Wilder, if he is what his record advertises he may reign for a long time. Stiverne and Don House are thinking otherwise.. The pressure is on Deontay, he is the one with all to prove, yet the Champion is making a first defence of commendable proportions. Everyone who has stood in front of Deontay Wilder have fallen in front of him dead bodies, stiffs or patsys they still got removed inside of 4.  The victory will come down to who has the most faith in what they do, Deontay believes that with Mark Breland he is confident that if things get rough, he will be well equipped to weather the storms, and Stiverne has the knowledge that he is capable at world level of going through the gears and handling whatever Wilder can dish out..  Is Deontay the fraud Stiverne claims he is? Is Stiverne just a one trick pony who got lucky on the back of a vacated title?  Saturday evening is full of expectation..  It's a fabulous fight..