Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne on December 13th or December 20th
By Scott Gilfoid: A deal has reportedly been reached between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and #1 WBC mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), according to theboxingtribune.com.
The agreement calls for the Wilder-Stiverne fight to take place on December 13th or December 20th. If Wilder and Stiverne weren’t able to put an agreement together then there would have been a purse bid on October 1st.
This is good news that the date for the Wilder vs. Stiverne fight has been narrowed down to two dates in December. The two fighters have gone back and forth for months now ever since Deontay destroyed Malik Scott by a 1st round knockout in their WBC heavyweight eliminator bout.
Deontay had been pushing for the negotiations ever since because he wanted to get a date for the fight. Deontay felt that Stiverne was dragging his heels because he didn’t want to fight him.
Deontay has shaken up the heavyweight division with his impressive highlight reel knockouts. With his punching power, Deontay has woken up the division, and he’s brought a lot of the excitement back to a division that has been dying ever since Mike Tyson retired.
Deontay wants to capture Stiverne’s World Boxing Council strap and bring it back to the heavyweight division. There hasn’t been a heavyweight champion from American since Shannon Briggs held the WBO heavyweight title from 2006 to 2007.
Having an American holding the heavyweight title could bring Deontay a lot of endorsement deals, especially if he’s able to get a fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko to defeat him and take all of his straps. If Deontay can get all the heavyweight belts in his possession then the sky is the limit for the 6’7” talent. A rematch against Wladimir would be a huge fight.
Deontay additionally could get big money fights against the likes of David Haye if he could make it through a training camp without going down with yet another fight canceling injury. There would also be big money fights for Deontay against the likes of Tyson Fury, Dereck Chisora and Bryant Jennings.
For Stiverne, a victory over Deontay would put him position for a big money fight against Wladimir.
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