WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is set to make yet another title defense this weekend, and it comes against a very familiar foe.
Wilder has won all 38 of his professional boxing bouts and has won all but one via knockout. That one opponent who escaped Wilder's vicious knockout power was none other than Bermane Stiverne - the man Wilder defends his title against Saturday (November 4, 2017). It turns out that Wilder actually won his WBC title when he defeated Stiverne back in January of 2015.
After losing to Wilder, Stiverne won one match via unanimous decision but hasn't competed inside the squared circle in almost two years. Now he'll attempt to reclaim the WBC heavyweight title by pulling off one of the biggest upsets of all time.
Wilder doesn't plan on letting that happen, however, and has a massively disturbing goal for his fight this weekend - ending Stiverne's career (quotes via Boxing Scene):
“I thought the first Stiverne fight should have been stopped,” Wilder said during an open workout Wednesday in Brooklyn.
“He had knots all over his faced and was concussed. I’m not trying to leave any doubt this time around.
“Stiverne is going to see me come to Barclays Center and finish the job on Saturday,” Wilder said. “He survived the first time. He’s the only one to survive on their feet. I will finish the job this time.
“He knows what happened,” Wilder said. “I beat him 12 rounds in a row. I think this fight will be even easier for me.
"He hasn’t improved since we last fought, but I’m going to show him a whole new Deontay Wilder. This is the end of Bermane Stiverne’s career right here.”
What are your thoughts on Wilder saying that he wants to end Stiverne's career this weekend? Do you think that Wilder will continue his unbeaten streak and defend his title? Or will Stiverne play spoiler to Wilder's plans of landing an eventual fight with Anthony Joshua? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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