Heavyweight Division
Stiverne-Wilder officially announced

The most significant heavyweight matchup in the United States in years between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) was formally announced on Saturday night. The bout takes place on Saturday, January 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised by Showtime. The event is co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and will feature undefeated IBF bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs) defending his belt against a challenger to be announced. Ticket information for the event will be announced shortly.

Showtime Sports will also air a Stiverne-Wilder All Access episode the week prior to the fight.

Bermaine Stiverne: Don’t blink on Jan. 17. I am the heavyweight champion of the world and nobody is going to beat me. I’m excited and I’m looking forward to making a statement. Talk is cheap. I do my talking in the ring…I’m all business. The only time he’s going to get my attention is the night of the fight. I promise you, he will get more than he bargained for and more than he’s expecting.

Deontay Wilder: I’m expecting a short night because we have bad blood. I really want to hurt this guy, and I haven’t felt this way in a long time. I want to show him this is no joke, this is real. This is business. This is the hurt game and my power is real. I told him that I’ll whoop his ass and I’m going to keep my promise. Now I can make all my dreams come true, I can make it a reality. America is yearning for a heavyweight world champion. We haven’t had a real one since the days of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. Everyone just sits back and remembers the glory days. America has been waiting for their champion and I’ve arrived…I can’t help that I always knock my guys out. It’s not my fault I make it look easy. When I knock Stiverne out I don’t want to hear any whispers; I don’t want to hear people say that he was a bum. I want the world to bow down and praise the heavyweight champion of the world. They have to finally admit that I’m just that good.

If triumphant, Wilder will become the first United States-born heavyweight champion since Shannon Briggs, who captured the WBO title in November 2006 and lost the crown in his first defense.

Hall of Fame promoter Don King: This will be a momentous day in heavyweight boxing history. Just more than 40 years removed from the Rumble in The Jungle with Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, the heavyweights, WBC world champion Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder, will “Return to Glory” live at MGM Grand on Showtime. The little guys in boxing are great but it’s the heavyweights that have always excited fans the most. Bermane, he’s a knockout artist just like Mike Tyson. Wilder, he talks trash but is a good fighter, too. This is a must-see fight. The heavyweights are back and ready to “Return To Glory.’ ”

Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions: Fight fans across the United States have been clamoring for an American heavyweight champion for nearly a decade — and Deontay Wilder may well answer their wishes on Jan. 17. Stiverne brings power and experience. Wilder brings power and youth. This is set up to be an explosive fight that I can’t wait to see.

Stiverne, the first-ever Haiti-born boxer to own any portion of a heavyweight crown, will be making his first defense of the WBC title he won with a convincing sixth-round technical knockout over Chris Arreola in his last fight on May 10, 2014. It was Stiverne’s second consecutive impressive victory over Arreola and earned him the WBC belt vacated in December 2013 when Vitali Klitschko retired. Stiverne was a 5:1 underdog going into their first fight on April 27, 2013. Stiverne won that fight via clear 12-round unanimous decision.
Malik Scott Interview

By Charles White |  December 15, 2014 | 17 Comments
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“If Tarver is looking to fight somebody who’s motivated with true skills then I’m here ready to put his old a** in a rocking chair!”
Exclusive Interview by Charles C. White – What’s up Malik? Been a while since our last interview, how have you been man?
MS: Everything has been great baby, just constantly striving to put myself back in position to fight for a world title.
Congrats on your latest win over Alex Leapai. How does it feel to get back in the mix bro?
MS: Thanks man, It was a good win against Leapai even though I was slightly disappointed that I didn’t get the stoppage like I promised but I broke my right hand in the 4th round so I just used my God-given skills to finish getting the job done but like I always say I find it rather sexy to go to another man’s country or home town and annihilate him in front of his own people.

What’s next for you Malik? Who is on the radar?
MS: What’s next for me is whoever I can get with a legitimate name or ranking to put me back closer to contentions for fighting for a world title. The only fighters on my radar are fighters that are currently active. I seen a clip of the Tarver-Banks fight the other night and we all know Banks’ passion and energy has been in training Klitschko and the last time he fought was 2 years ago so after Tarver clips him before a snoozing 5-6 rounds of staring at him then he start yelling for a Klitschko or David Haye fight when that doesn’t make any sense at all. What you did in the light heavyweight division was great but it doesn’t mean shit in this heavyweight division today so I’m just coming off a fresh win against Leapai, whose last opponent before me was Klitschko and Tarver is just coming off the Banks win so if Tarver is looking to fight somebody who’s motivated with true skills then I’m here ready to put his old ass in a rocking chair.
What did you think of Tarver’s latest win over Jonathan Banks?
MS: I thought he looked ok and closed the show when he could on a fighter that hasn’t fought in 2 years. Not taking no credit away from Banks because Banks is a good fighter when he’s focused but his mind, passion and energy is spent on Wladimir’s career not his own anymore. So to me Tarver didn’t even fight the real Jonathan Banks.
Did you see anything in Tarver that could give you any problems?
MS: Look the man is probably going to be in the Hall of Fame when his retired…I’m aware of the credentials he holds but I also see a lot of loop holes in his game right now that I would definitely take advantage of if he ever fought me.
If a fight between you and Tarver can’t be made, who else would you like to face?
MS: Well the ultimate most realistic goal is to still strive to get a world title but we have the Wilder-Stiverne fight in a month so I’m looking to fight the winner of that in the near future. We still have Arreola who is as tough and rugged as they come, I would be excited to get that fight. The Chisora rematch is always on my radar. So it’s tons of good fights out there it’s just all a matter of making the contracts and ink pen meet. But we’ll see man. I’m just motivated and up for any legitimate challenge.
Prediction for Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne?
MS: I think it’s a good fight. I think Stiverne’s skill level is underrated plus he has a good teacher in Don House. But when I do the mathematics on the fight I don’t think it’s going to be enough to deal with the range, power and deceiving speed Deontay is gifted with. It’s a 70/30 fight for Deontay in my opinion.
If you were to have your choice between a fight with the Wilder-Stiverne winner and Wladimir, which would you take?
MS: If Deontay beats Stiverne, that’s the rematch I want. If Stiverne beats Deontay I think I beat Stiverne easy. As far as Wladimir is concerned, he has his hands full with North Philly’s own Bryant Jennings who also has the same childhood trainer as me, a real teacher Freddie Jenkins from ABC Gym.
When can we expect to see you back in the ring Malik?
MS: I’m looking to get back in late February-early March.
Thank you for your time Malik. Any final thoughts for the fans?
MS: Thank you. R.I.P Dan Goossen, miss you brother.
For questions or comments, to schedule an interview, or to simply chat about all things boxing, Charles C. White can be reached at cwhite1078@hotmail.com

Perez was interesting before he hospitalized the Russian
(12-19-2014, 02:41 PM)shamrock Wrote: Perez was interesting before he hospitalized the Russian

yep it changed him alright.
An exciting fighter. But no match for Wlad
I see Wilder as boxing's last hope for dethroning Klit.  If he can't do it, nobody can!  I just want the fights with Wlad to be competitive.  When is the last competitive fight he's had?  Anyone?
Samuel Peters gave it his all in both his fights with Wlad. Before that you'd have to go back 10 years and more when everybody thought he was chinny (he still might be but he's learnt expertly how not to get hit).
That's the one guy I was thinking about Craig.  Forgot that they fought twice.  I thought Sam was very competitive the first three rounds, and then the octopus got hold of him, softened him up, and then all over red rover.  But Sam just went at him those first three rounds.  And yeah, long time between drinks between Peter, and then Brewster.

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