On Saturday night, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder absolutely ravaged Bermane Stiverne, dropping him three times in less than three minutes and leaving him in a mangled heap on the canvas.
Stiverne, the man from whom Wilder claimed that WBC strap in January 2015 and the only person to ever extend the power-punching ‘Bronze Bomber’ the 12-round distance, was flattened by a right hand that split his guard in the final minute of the first round but rose to his feet before the count of 10.
His resilience and bravery was met by pure disdain from Wilder, however.
The towering titleholder simply stood with his hands down by his side and glared at Stiverne as the outgunned challenger plodded back into range. Wilder then opened up with a brutal barrage of shots. Thumping though they were, the punches displayed an amateurish wildness that is all-too common in Wilder’s work when he has a man going. Still, he dropped Stiverne once more.
When Stiverne returned to a vertical base for a second time, Wilder ran at him with raw and unbridled ferocity, before unleashing a salvo of punches that caused the Haitian-Canadian fighter to disintegrate to the canvas.
Deontay Wilder takes out Bermane Stiverne in a round. pic.twitter.com/ozj1UhlIWt
— KO Kings (@KOKINGS4) November 5, 2017
After the annihilation, Wilder once again focused his attention on WBA and IBF heavyweight kingpin Anthony Joshua.
“A-Juicin’-J. Listen, ‘mate,’ I declare war upon you,” said Wilder. “Do you accept my challenge, or are you still gonna squat as you piss? I know I’m the champion. I know I’m the best(via BadLeftHook).”
Joshua vs. Wilder is a fight that boxing fans everywhere want to see, but at present it seems that Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants Wilder to fight Dillian Whyte first. The Matchroom head-honcho reportedly offered the American $3 million to face Whyte. Wilder said that he isn’t particularly interested in the fight but could get on board for $7 million.
With his win over Stiverne, Wilder moved to 39-0 with 38 KO’s. He has now made 6 successful defences of the WBC title but his record still lacks any real name value.