Deontay Wilder to face Bermane Stiverne in rematch
Published: October 05, 2017
It looks like the highly anticipated match that was scheduled to take place between Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) has been terminated. The WBC (World Boxing Council) has ordered that Wilder face his mandatory Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) in a rematch on November 4th. Rather than having Wilder not fight at all, the WBC was luckily able to get an opponent that was scheduled to compete on the same card. Stiverne was expected to face Dominic Breazeale that night.
Wilder and Stiverne last faced off in January 2015 in Las Vegas. At the time Stiverne was the WBC heavyweight champion and the most significant test of Wilder’s career. Wilder to the surprise of many dominated Stiverne from start to finish winning a wide unanimous decision. Since then, Wilder has made five defenses of his title-winning all by stoppage. Stiverne was the only man to take Wilder the distance showing an incredible ability to take punches. Stiverne, who hails from Haiti, has not been active since facing Wilder.
By the time Stiverne steps in the ring to face Wilder in a rematch, it will have been almost two years since he last fought. The Haitian last fought in November 2015 winning a unanimous ten-round decision over Derric Rossy (31-13, 15 KOs). Coming off an almost two-year layoff, Stiverne will be the underdog against Wilder in their rematch.
While this was not the bout fans were looking forward to seeing on November 4, the fact that the card was not canceled completely comes as a blessing for fans looking forward to seeing Wilder back in the ring.
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