Bermane Stiverne gives his verdict on the current heavyweights in the division

Bermane Stiverne v Deontay Wilder

Bermane Stiverne has revealed his thoughts on a thriving boxing division.

A former WBC heavyweight champion himself, he is set for a return to the ring to face Commonwealth title holder Joe Joyce on the undercard of James DeGale’s London bout with Chris Eubank Jr. next weekend.

Victory over a former champion like Stiverne could well and truly spring the career of Joyce from domestic fighter to title contender.

However, the Canadian professional boxer who held the WBC heavyweight title from 2014 to 2015, openly admitted he is up for a fight with anybody.

He earmarked two Britain heavyweights in Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury, should the 40-year old defeat Joyce.

“I’m open to fight anybody, I took a year off after my last fight, but I’m ready to go right now and I feel in good shape," he said, as per World Boxing News.

Also Stiverne, the first heavyweight champion of Haitian descent, has trained completely different compared to previous fights as the Joyce fight date draws close.

“My career right now is about making smart decisions. Throughout my career I’ve trained to hard and over trained."

Speaking about his most recent fight on November 4, 2017, Stiverne again fought Wilder for the WBC world heavyweight title, having lost his prestigious title to the American.

Deontay Wilder v Bermane Stiverne

Before the fight, he remained largely inactive with only two bouts in nearly three years.

At the time of the fight, he held the distinction of being the only man to go 12 rounds with Wilder.

Unfortunately, history would not repeat itself in the rematch as the fight ended in the first round following a brutal knockout by the Bronze Bomber.

But the 40-year old fighter, however, doesn’t agree that his former American foe is the best heavyweight fighter on the planet - reasoning to declare that Wilder’s challenger is now the number one in the ring.

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“I’ve got to go with Fury, he’s very tricky,” Stiverne said. “He really surprised me after having two years off and whatever he experienced out of the ring.

“Right now, I see Fury as being the best of the three heavyweights out there."

Fury is the only heavyweight boxer to concede victory to Wilder as the pair put on a thrilling bout which ended in split decision, despite Fury being knocked down twice.

The Joyce fight represents a UK debut fight for Stiverne and he will feel that victory over the Brit will catapult his career back into a position where he can challenge one of his regarded top three heavyweight champions.

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