With it now being officially confirmed that Bermane Stiverne is to defend his WBC world heavyweight title against the unbeaten Deontay Wilder on January 17 it is time to assesses the fight.
Stiverne aged 36 fights out of Canada having originally come from Haiti. Standing at six foot two inches tall with a record of 24 wins, one loss and one draw he is a dangerous fighter.
The presence of 21 wins by way of knock out highlights his punch power and the fact that he is a man to be respected in the heavyweight division.
Stiverne recently crowned champion
Stiverne gained the WBC title last time out against the experienced and rugged Chris Arreola. Stiverne ended the contest in the sixth round coming away with a technical knockout victory and fulfilling his dreams of becoming world champion.
There is however a lack of excitement surrounding the new champion. He doesn't trash talk too much and he isn't the biggest personality out there. The same cannot be said of his next opponent Deontay Wilder.
Wilder aged 29 is a brash character who is highly confident in his abilities and isn't afraid to let others know so.
Wilder has created huge excitement in his time as a professional with all 32 of his fights ending in knock out victories. He possesses devastating power in his right hand and standing at nearly six foot seven inches he has a big height advantage of Stiverne.
Although Wilder has been hugely exciting and there is a lot of hype surrounding him he is still an unknown quantity. To be saying that about someone who has had 32 professional fights is very strange but it is correct in this situation.
Wilder really has faced little competitive opposition in his career to date with names like Audley Harrison, Siarhei Liakhovich and Malik Scott the biggest on his record.
Scott is a good fighter having just beaten Alex Leapai who recently challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the world title. Wilder blew Scott away in the first round which was impressive but really didn't give enough time to see what more he has to offer from a technical perspective.
Wilder undeserving of shot?
The most frustrating aspect in this fight is how Wilder can be mandatory challenger for a world title. Wilder hasn't truly earned such a shot having not faced any top level heavyweight. This is part of the sport but it is completely wrong. How someone can challenge for a world title having fought practically no-one is simply shameful.
There are others out there much more deserving of a shot at the title and it must be incredibly frustrating for them to see Wilder get his chance. However money talks and due to the hype surrounding Wilder this fight will sell well.
It is not known how technically good Wilder is and more so if he can take a shot. We have hardly seen Wilder get hit on the chin but this match-up would seem to answer many of the questions which still remain.
Fight good for the division
This a good fight for the division though as it is bound to be exciting and it is refreshing to see someone else other than a Klitschko defending the world title. For too long the Klitschko's dominated the division and created a lack of interest in what should be the glory weight-class of the sport.
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