Stiverne Wants Wilder To Shut Up About First Fight
Bermane Stiverne is tired of listening to WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder complain about having to fight him again. Wilder faces Stiverne for the second time for a mandatory rematch for the WBC title Saturday night from Barclays Center.
Their 12-round rematch was mandated by the WBC because Stiverne was named the mandatory challenger, even though Stiverne has only had one fight since losing to Wilder in 2015. Wilder, promoter Lou DiBella and many others have questioned the decision to label Stiverne’s as a mandatory challenger due to only having that one fight, where Stiverne struggled to defeat Derric Rossy.
In a recent conference call for their second encounter, Stiverne made it clear that Wilder needs to shut up.
“I lost the fight, I lost the fight… But I’m tired of talking about the first fight. The first fight is over. Of course I believe that [Wilder doesn’t want to fight me again]. Because a true champion, it don’t matter if you’re fighting the same guy five times who they put in front of you, it’s who you fight.”
“You don’t cry and talk about, ‘I want this fight and I want that fight.’ Whoever they put in front of you, that’s who you fight. I didn’t cry when they brought back Arreola. I took Arreola. I didn’t cry, I didn’t run, I didn’t talk. I took it. I shut my mouth, I went back to the gym and I fought him again for a second time. That’s what a true champion does. Even though you’ve gotta fight the same person three, four times, it don’t matter. A champion shut his mouth and do what he gotta do – fight. It don’t matter.”
Stiverne dropped Arreola in the third round of their first fight and won a 12-round unanimous decision by big margins on all three scorecards in April 2013. Despite that convincing victory (118-109, 117-110, 117-110), Stiverne was required to fight Arreola again in his next fight for the then-vacant WBC title.
Stiverne dropped Arreola twice in the sixth round of their rematch and won by sixth-round technical knockout in May 2014. Wilder beat Stiverne by unanimous decision in Stiverne’s first title defense eight months later.