Wilder vs Stiverne Rematch Is This Weekend
November 1, 2017
Anna Aguilar (119 articles)
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Wilder vs Stiverne Rematch Is This Weekend

Bermane Stiverne is the only heavyweight fighter that Deontay Wilder faced and didn’t knock out, and now, due to unexpected events, the two will face each other again on Saturday, November 4th, at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York.

It has been almost two years since Stiverne last stepped into the ring after winning a unanimous decision against Derric Rossy of New York in November 2015. While Wilder has had some ups and downs in his career due to opponents testing dirty or Wilder undergoing surgery for a torn right bicep and a broken right hand, he’s been collectively active and grabbing the WBC Heavyweight World title from Stiverne.

Prior to their official rematch, Wilder was to face heavyweight up-coming star, Luis “King Kong” Ortiz, however, Ortiz failed a VADA drug test by testing positive to diuretics cholorothaizide and hydrochlorothiazide. It was reported that Stiverne, the mandatory for Wilder, was asked to take a step aside fee so Wilder can fight Ortiz. The failed test disrupted Wilder, but the fight card was saved with a Wilder and Stiverne rematch.

“It is frustrating when a a fight that you’re preparing for, that you’re really looking forward to having because you know you can shine, suddenly gets pulled away,” said Wilder in an interview with Premier Boxing Champions. “But, i will tell you this: situations like this make you stronger. They test you. When adversity hits, I can say I’m battle-tested, because how many times can a champ go through what I have?”

“Hey, maybe what’s happened to me I have to take as a compliment. These guys have to go outside and try to gain every advantage they can over a fighter like me, because deep down, they know they can’t beat me. They needs as much help as they can get to beat me.”

Friday, Wilder and Stiverne will hit the scales against each other for the second time tomorrow in Brooklyn. It’s unfortunate that a majority of boxing fans have no desire to watch the rematch, as they looked forward more for Wilder to face Ortiz.

With much talk about a potential match up against Anthony Joshua now stirring the pot, Wilder should aim to impress on Saturday night upon Joshua’s continued knock out streak stealing the show.

Be sure to catch Wilder vs Stiverne II live on Showtime on Saturday night.

 

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