Stiverne’s trainer thinks Deontay Wilder is skinny and frail
By Scott Gilfoid: Don House, the trainer for WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO’s), believes that #3 WBC Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s) is “frail”, according to Fighthype.com. House doesn’t see Deontay as a strong heavyweight due to his 6’7”, 220 lb. frame, and he thinks that Stiverne will be able ti either knock him out in the first three rounds or take him deep in order to stop him.
House is hoping that Stiverne will be able to take an optional title defense before he has to face Deontay. They’re waiting for the world from the World Boxing Council about whether they can take an optional title defense or if they must face Deontay next. Either way, he says Stiverne will be back in the ring in the next 5 months in November to make his first title defense of his WBC belt.
The WBC already said that Stiverne has to fight Deontay next, so it’s difficult to understand why they’re dragging their feet over this. If House and Stiverne really believe that Deontay is skinny, frail and that he can’t take a good shot, then they should agree to fight. I mean, if there’s no worry at all whatsoever in the outcome then you would think that Stiverne would agree readily to take the fight because it would a title milking fight with little danger.
Of course, if there really is some worry about what Deontay could do to Stivern with one of his big fight hands, then I can understand why they might not want to get in the ring with the hard-hitting Deontay. If it’s just an easy fight then they should be interested in taking the fight because the longer Stiverne stays the WBC champ the more money he gets. Even normal title defenses like he would be doing against Deontay would bring him good money.
House is talking about wanting to extend Deontay into the later rounds because it would maybe tire him out. I think that would be a really bad idea because it would mean that Stiverne would have to take head shots from Deontay for 9-10 rounds. Deontay may be skinny, but he punches with more power than 250lb heavyweights due to his long frame and the leverage he gets on his shots.