Stiverne: Wilder Is Scare Of Me
On November 4th, Bermane Stiverne looks to avenge his January, 2015 loss to Deontay Wilder. Wilder was the dominant of the two fighters as Wilder controlled the pace on way to a decision victory over Stiverne. And while Wilder has followed up that performance up with 5 knockout victories, Stiverne has fought only once in the past 24 months.
Despite the inactivity, Stiverne was able to secure the WBC mandatory position which is the only reason he is able to get a shot at regaining his title on November 4th.
Wilder has been very vocal about not wanting to face Stiverne again, even going out of his way to have Stiverne paid a six figure “bypass” fee and put him on the November 4th card to make way for Luis Ortiz. Ortiz would end up failing a drug test in September, which caused the return of Stiverne into the main event. The mandator challenger understands the criticism thrown his way, but Stiverne insists that things will be different the second time around.
“Listen, what can I say, they want to base their opinion on the first fight and I ain’t got nothing to say about the first fight. That was then and this is now. Tune in November 4th.”
The lack of competitiveness in the first fight has been the main reason sited by Wilder as to why he isn’t interested in a rematch. Stiverne however believes that there is another reason why Wilder doesn’t want to fight him again.
“(He doesn’t want the rematch) because he is scared of me. He knows what’s up. Everything he gave me I ate it like breakfast. I wouldn’t want to do it either. Just like when I fought Arreola for the second time. I beat him but I sure didn’t want to fight him again. He is a tough dude but this is different. This is different man.”