Stiverne: “I don’t think that (Wilder’s) power is as big as people think it is”

HB: “Welcome to the show Bermane, you landed a rematch with Deontay Wilder who took your Heavyweight title back in 2015. You must be pumped for this chance at some pay back?”
Stiverne: “Yeah it’s all about payback.  It’s all about getting my title back since I’ve been waiting for so long.  Even though I decided to step aside a couple months ago it ended up working in my favor.”

HB: “In the first fight, You found some real success with that big left hook of yours. Will that be vital in you pulling out the victory this time around?”

Stiverne: “For this fight we worked on a number of different things not just the left hook.  I believe there are multiple ways to get the job done and I’m excited to put that on display.”

HB: “With you being the only person that was able to stay on your feet against Wilder, how do you rank his power?”

Stiverne:  “No I don’t feel like he has power at all.  He’s very weak.  I don’t think that his power is as big as people think it is.  Obviously he can knock anybody out at any given time but I feel that I showed his power is not what everybody thinks.  With me being sick last time and not at 100% I was just wasn’t able to get it done that night.  I got buzzed way worse by Chris Areola than I did against Wilder.”

HB:  “In the first fight he was able to back you up by that jab of his.  Do you have something planned this time around to combat that jab?”

Stiverne:  “I wouldn’t say that he backed me up it was more just me fighting on the outside.  Due to the situation I was in the dehydration was so severe to the point where I couldn’t let my hands go.  This time around I’m at 100%.”

HB:  “Did you have the chance to watch Wilder vs Washington and if so what did you think of the fight?”

Stiverne:  “In fact that’s the only fight I watched and I think Washington was doing a tremendous job until he stepped into a right hand.  I feel it was due to a lack of experience.  I think if Washington had more experience he would have been able to win that fight.”

HB:  “After seeing the Washington fight do you see something that you can try and expose in Wilder this time around?”

Stiverne:  “Absolutely I can exploit him.  To be honest since after our first fight he hasn’t done anything spectacular or to even get better.  That’s the reason why I did not want to take a tune up fight.  I already went twelve rounds with this man and he’s done nothing to change.  I also believe that him not being able to knock me out is in the back of his mind.”

HB:  “With the Heavyweight division getting better is there anybody else you would like to fight after Wilder?”

Stiverne:  “No it’s only Wilder on my mind right now.  This fight is so personal to me I can’t and I won’t think about anything past this fight.”



Robert “Mister Research” Alexander- I was born in raised in the Midwest in Springfield, IL the capital city. I grew up influenced in the great sport of boxing through my father who idolized the great Muhammad Ali. I then followed the sport on my own and followed the careers of all the great fighters in the late 80′s through today. I have a thirst for knowledge in general and all who are around me would categorize me as a sports junkie. I have aspirations of becoming one of the great journalists of my time and also like to write short stories as well. I’m 32 years young with no kids and my whole life ahead of me.